Speedball Fabric Screen Printing Ink

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Speedball Fabric Screen Printing Ink
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USE FOR: Screen Printing, Stenciling, Block Printing, Hand Painting

USE ON: All Natural and most Synthetic Fabrics

Product Details List Price 1-9 10+
8 oz. - Screen Printing Ink $13.20 $9.15 $8.15
32 oz. - Screen Printing Ink - Call for Availability $38.19 $26.49 $23.75
8 oz. - Night Glo Printing Ink $27.75 $18.75 $16.99
8 oz. - Opaque Printing Ink $14.69 $10.25 $8.75
32 oz. - Opaque Printing Ink - Call for Availability $44.07 $32.49 $30.25

Screen Printing Ink
50 Violet
51 Peacock Blue
60 Black
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61 Red (Primary)
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62 Blue (Primary)
63 White
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64 Green
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65 Yellow (Primary)
66 Blue Denim
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67 Brown
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69 Orange
84 Burgundy
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87 Fluorescent Hot Pink
90 Fluorescent Lime Green
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91 Fluorescent Orange
92 Fluorescent Magenta
650 Process Cyan
651 Process Magenta
652 Process Yellow
653 Fluorescent Yellow
654 Fluorescent Blue
Night Glo Fabric Screen Ink
20 Blue
21 Yellow
22 Green
23 White
Pearl-Opaque Printing Ink
0 Black Pearl
1 Raspberry
2 Blue Topaz
3 Pearl White
8 oz. - Opaque Printing Ink - Sorry, this item is temporarily sold out.
4 Emerald
5 Citrine
6 Amethyst
7 Silver
8 Gold
9 Sherbet
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Do you want a smooth, creamy screen printing ink that hardly leaves any feel on the fabric? Do you want a screen printing ink that is water-based, non-toxic, conforms to ASTM D-4236, doesn't have a strong odor, and is non-flammable? Do you want a printing ink that works on nearly all fabrics? Do you want a screen printing ink that will make you lose weight, will give you a tan, and improve your love life?*

If the answer is yes to most of these questions, then this Speedball Screen Printing Ink is for you! It does most of the above*, and more! It even comes in glow in the dark colors that are best used on white or light colored fabrics. The pearlescent opaque colors are really great on dark fabrics and not too plastic. We are impressed with this ink and think you will be too. Washable and dry-cleanable when heat set according to the instructions. Use the Retarder Base to slow down drying time and give yourself more time to work.

Available sizes:
8 oz. Jars
For 32 oz. jars, please call us for availability and lead times. (800) 542-5227

For more info and to see how these inks stack up against the competition, see our Screen Printing Inks Comparison Chart.

*Please note: this ink will not affect your weight (unless you eat it (please don't eat it)), nor will it give you a tan unless you paint yourself (which is not really a tan anyway), however, it may affect your love life (depending on what you print on your shirt).

Speedball Screen Printing Ink Instructions

For the most part, screen printing on fabric is the same as printing on paper. Use only fabrics that can be subjected to temperatures of at least 275 - 375° F. Do not use on non-porous fabrics such as nylon. Pre-test all fabrics. Fabrics with sizing must be washed prior to printing. This will assure proper adhesion of the fabric ink to the fabric.

Paper Stencil Method is the best method for a beginner. It is the fastest, least expensive, and simplest way to prepare a screen. The Paper Stencil Method is good for geometric shapes and basic patters. It is not intended for complicated designs or lettering. Begin by cutting an illustration from paper. Keep the paper flat and not wrinkled. For more accurate and durable cut paper stencils, use freezer wrap (shiny side up). Designs can be cut with scissors or stencil knife or they can be torn to create a textured appearance.
Stencil Screen Printing is the quickest and easiest way to screen print - going from idea to finished print in as little as 20 minutes. There is no limit to the creativity of stencil art. Henri Matisse was known to use the stencil techniques in the creation of screen printed art.

Screen Filler Method (Direct block-out or "Negative Method")
Using Screen Filler is another simple means of preparing a screen for printing. The screen filler is used to block out those areas that you do not wish to print. This allows the ink to be forced through the screen wherever the Screen Filler has not been applied.

Photographic Emulsion Method uses a polyester screen fabric. Nylon will stretch with water-based inks and is not suitable. Do not use silk or organdy if you wish to reclaim the screen.
This is one of the most exciting methods of screen printing because it offers the widest range of possibilities. It makes possible the printing of fine line drawings, various hand and commercial lettering techniques, as well as photographic half-tone positives.

Five Important Notes for printing with fabric inks:

  • - The screen frame is usually detached from the base and used alone. Usually two (2) people should work on the printing process - one holding the screen frame tightly against the fabric, and the other doing the printing.
  • - On articles like T-shirts, a piece of foamboard, cardboard or paper must be put inside each garment to act as a barrier.
  • - To improve the lubricity (slipperiness) of the ink, you may add the Transparent Base. To slow drying or to prevent screen clogging, add the Retarder Base (1-2 tbs. to 8 oz. of ink).
  • - Wash-up of screens and tools must be done immediately after use. If they are allowed to dry on your screen or tools, they are difficult or impossible to remove.
  • - After the fabric ink dries on the fabric, set a household iron at the highest dry heat (no steam) that will not scorch the fabric and with a cloth or paper between the iron and printed material, iron on each side for 3 - 5 minutes. This will make the ink withstand repeated washings.
  • IMPORTANT: PRE-TEST SAMPLES PRIOR TO ALL PRODUCTION RUNS. If inadequate wash fastness occurs, the print needs to be heat seat longer.

Multi-color signs can be achieved easily by making one screen with the entire message on it. Prepare the screen by any method you prefer. Once the screen is ready, simply block the words you do not want to print with your first color by putting masking tape or paper on the bottom side of the screen fabric.

After you have made your first run of prints, wash the ink from the screen and let it dry. Follow this by blocking out the words you just printed and unblocking words you want to print with your second run of color. After you have made this second run, again wash the screen and let it dry. Continue to repeat this process until you have completed your multi-color print.
Making multi-color prints of detailed artwork requires the making of a screen for each color to be printed. These screens should be prepared before you start to print.
One interesting effect can be made by having a two color print on overlapping areas. These overlaps can add a third (darker) value to the print. Speedball or Extender Bases are formulated to enable screen printers to achieve this.

SCREEN CLEAN-UP - An organized work area will make clean up easy. Here are the recommended procedures:

Use warm water and a soft brush. These inks will remain water-soluble even after thorough drying.

Wash IMMEDIATELY after the last print is pulled. Use warm water and a soft brush.
Should ink dry in the screen spray with Speed Clean by Speedball or a house hold window cleaner. Rub with a lint-free cloth. When ink is removed, wash with a mix of warm water and dishwasher detergent using a soft brush. Rinse with warm water.

Wash with cool water.

Speedball Speed Clean is preferable for removing screen filler. One (1) cup of Arm & Hammer's Washing Soda dissolved in one (1) gallon of water is also suitable. Instructions are:

  • - Apply to both sides with paintbrush. Scrub with a nylon bristle brush.
  • - Apply again to both sides. Let stand in a horizontal position for three to five minutes.
  • - Scrub with a nylon bristle brush while spraying with a forceful stream of hot water.

Photo Emulsion should be washed out of your screen as soon as your print run is completed, unless you want a permanent stencil! Adult supervision is recommended for this procedure. Wear rubber gloves and smock.

PHOTO EMULSION REMOVER METHOD: Be certain all the ink has been removed from the screen fabric. Apply Speedball Photo Emulsion Remover liberally to both sides of the stencil using a paintbrush. Immediately scrub both sides of the stencil with a dry nylon bristle brush. Again, apply Speedball Photo Emulsion Remover liberally to both sides of the stencil. Keep the screen in a horizontal position for three (3) minutes. Scrub both sides with the nylon bristle brush and flush with a hard spray of hot water. Once you have started removing Photo Emulsion you must not let the screen dry until completely clean.

Speedball Screen Printing Ink - FAQ


What can I mix with Speedball Screen Printing Ink in order to thin it?


Speedball Screen Printing Inks may be thinned with water. Add in small quantities with complete mixing to the desired consistency.


What does the Retarder Base do?


The Retarder Base increases your “open” or work time by slowing the drying time. It also reduces the opacity of the inks.


How can I prevent the White Fabric Ink from becoming transparent on dark fabrics?


After the first screening, lift the screen, dry fabric with a hair dryer, and in precise registration, screen a second coat. Keep in mind that the final ink needs to be a thin, even coat to prevent cracking when washed.


Is peanut oil used in Speedball Inks and Paints?


No, peanut oil is not used in any Speedball products.


Used to slow down the drying time of Speedball Printing Inks, giving you more time to work.

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5 star rating
I just used speedball in place of the YUDU ink that came with my YUDU machine. This is a much happier ink to work with! Creamy and just the right consistency. Washed up great as well!
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8 of 8 users found this review helpful.

5 star rating
School teeshirt logos came out well and stood up to laundering.
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4 star rating
very good great coveragebeautiful colors
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5 star rating
I printed a tiger on black and was timid about printing it only having one shirt and it was a rush deal. I wish I"d have gone over it agin but was afraid of smearing. It did show up pretty good and I like the pearly surface of the orange. I hope to print more.
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2 of 3 users found this review helpful.

5 star rating
I'm very pleased with this paint. It was just what I was looking for to stencil snowflakes onto dark fabric for a special quilt.
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