Versatex Printing Ink

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USE FOR: Screen Printing, Hand painting, Block Printing, Stenciling, Stamping AND (faux) TIE-DYE (Yes. tie-dye!)

USE ON: All Natural and most Synthetic Fabrics, Paper

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4 oz. $4.96 $4.51 $4.13 $3.89
16 oz. $11.89 $10.82 $9.92 $9.29
Gallons priced as low as... $66.35 $60.85 $56.15

Regular Colors
1 Yellow (Primary)
2 Golden Yellow
3 Orange
4 Scarlet
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5 Red
6 Bright Red (Primary)
8 Rubine
9 Magenta
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11 Ochre
13 Umber
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14 Brown
15 Yellow Green
16 Green
19 Turquoise
20 Sky Blue
21 Blue (Primary)
22 Royal Blue
24 Ultra Blue
26 Navy Blue
27 Violet
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28 Black
29 White
Met./Flu./Pearl. Colors
30 Pearl Silver Lace
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31 Met Gold
32 Met Bronze
33 Met Copper
38 Fluorescent Yellow
39 Fluorescent Blue
43 Fluorescent Hot Pink
Super Opaque Colors
46 Super Opaque White
47 Pearl White
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Versatex Screen Printing Inks are specifically designed for silk screening, stenciling, and block printing. The colors are intermixable and can be thinned with water. Though heavily pigmented, Versatex will not change the texture or softness of your fabric and it will not wrinkle or bleed on paper. Versatex has a thick and creamy consistency and is ready to use. It is used by professional printers because of its strength of color and its permanency. Its ease of application makes Versatex Printing Ink a desirable medium for all those interested in creating art on textiles. Also great for doing hand (or feet) printing (since it is totally non-toxic), and free hand painting. Versatex is the softest of our screen printing inks.

Versatex colors are intermixable, water soluble, non-toxic, somewhat transparent, and work best on light fabric. These semi-transparent inks are most luminous on light colored fabrics. Beautiful transparent overlays can be achieved with the use of the Clear Extender. Mix colors with white for opaque pastels. Overlapping pastels yields new shades. Vesatex will effectively print over light tones but will not hide dark tones unless you are using the metallics or mixing with opaque white. Colors are deepest when applied at packaged strength and become permanent when heat set properly.

Versatex is made permanent to washing by heatsetting with an iron on the hottest cotton setting at least 20-30 seconds per square foot. It can also be set in a conveyor type oven at 350º for 3 minutes. Even easier (and softer!), mix with the No Heat Fixative below right before using for permanent results! When used this way, you almost can't feel that it is there!

A word on the "fluorescents" :While these colors are incredibly brilliant they will only weakly fluoresce under black light.


Versatex Printing Ink Intructions


For Textiles:

Versatex may be used on all types of fabric. The colors are semi transparent so they work best on light colored fabrics. Versatex Printing extender VPI #300 may be added for obtaining pastels and transparent overlays. Mix colors with white for opaque pastels. Overlapping transparent colors produce new shades. The primaries combine well to make a variety of colors. Colors are their deepest when applied at packaged strength. For permanency and wash fastness on fabric the printing inks must be heat set (see instructions below).

For paper:

Use cotton rag papers suitable for serigraphy. Versatex Printing Inks work best on white or light tones of paper due to the transparency of the inks. The consistency of the inks is suitable for direct application. They will not wrinkle or bleed on paper. They are strongest when applied at packaged strength, and may be thinned with extender for overlays and pastel tones.

Other Uses

Use decorator blocks, stiff brushes, or short napped roller for painting on fabric. Be sure to work color into fabric, avoiding excessive build up of color. Natural bristle brushes are preferable, as used for oil or watercolor painting. Stencils are useful for repeat designs and masking tape is an easy way to make stripes and crisp edges. Painting with a sponge can produce interesting half tone effects. Versatex will print effectively over light to medium tones, but will not hide dark tones.

420 M Metallics

Versatex colors are press ready, metallic textile inks. These inks are utilized to achieve a shimmering affect when exposed to sunlight and reflect when in direct light in night. These inks possess excellent colorfastness. Even though they are made with higer solids content, they will produce a softer hand than many other types of ink. These inks can be printed on both light and dark fabrics. Inks contain glitter and should be mixed well before using. Substrates: cottons, contt/polyester blends, terry cloth, canvas, and natural fibers, nylons. End Uses: t-shirts, colored t-shirts, high fashion garments, towels and sweatshirts, nylons. Screen Mesh: excellent run abilitiy with meshes 60 to 86 monofilament polyesters.

Other Notes

Mix or blend your own colors by using a medium speed mechanical mixer. All colors may be intermixed but test for color accuracy before applying. Be sure to leave screen flooded while printing or during delays in the printing process. In low humidity or when it is hot use a spray bottle with water to keep ink moist.

Heat-Setting Instructions for Fabric

For best results allow painted or printed fabric to dry thoroughly, approximately one half hour, or for faster drying, place under a lamp, then heat-set. Heat setting locks color into fibers allowing for normal laundering.

Setting in a Dryer: Home dryers DO NOT work. Use a commercial dryer at 250 degrees minimum for 45 minutes. Be sure to pre-heat dryer

Setting with an Iron: When using an iron, pre-heat iron at maximum temperature for fabric. Place aluminum foil on ironing board and the painted side of the fabric down. Press against the backside for 15-25 seconds per square foot.

Use in a Commercial Conveyor Type Oven: 350 degrees for 3 minutes and two passes if necessary. Fabric should be hot to the touch in order to set colors.

Versatex Fixative Even easier (and softer!); mix Inks with Versatex Fixative right before use for permanent results without heat setting! Customers who have tried it are very impressed!

Note: Versatex Fixer can be used with the Versatex Printing Inks to increase wash fastness and to assist in the heat setting process. Add 1% to 3% by volume to Printing Ink. The pot life of the ink after addition of Fixer is 6 hours. After application allow ink to dry for 12 hours before heat setting at 225 - 300 degrees. Or let dry 4-6 days without heat setting before washing. Always do test runs before running productions.

Starter Set #1 contains: Eight 2 oz. jars of yellow, violet, green, blue, bright red, brown, black, white.

Starter Set #2 contains:
Eight 2 oz. jars of golden yellow, magenta, scarlet, orange, yellow-green, navy blue, sky blue, red.

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Starter Set #1, Starter Set #2 $23.99 $17.65 16.15
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Starter Set #2
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If you don't want to heat set your fabric paints then instead add a small amount (1-3%) of this fixative to your paint. Apply as usual and let sit for 5 days. Wash out excess paint as usual. Done!

Product Details List Price 1+
Versatex "No-Heat" Fixative - 2 oz. $5.69 $3.95
Versatex "No-Heat" Fixative - 4 oz. $9.89 $6.95
Versatex "No-Heat" Fixative - 16 oz. $28.39 $18.95
Versatex "No-Heat" Fixative - Gallon $169.99 $119.95
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2 oz.
4 oz.
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For lightening Versatex Printing Inks without thinning them.

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Versatex Printing Ink Extender - 4 oz. $6.19 $4.95
Versatex Printing Ink Extender - 16 oz. $14.29 $11.95
Versatex Printing Ink Extender - Gallon $72.99 $72.99 60.85
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4 oz.
16 oz.
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I use this paint for fabric printing with my own print blocks and it works great. Sticks to the foam for nice even printing. Really leaves very little feeling on the material after heat fixing which takes only seconds. Very permanent and lovely I've used it for years. Woo! -Bekki Bohemian Mermaid
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12 of 12 users found this review helpful.

Paint worked great on T-Shirts. As always darker color paints on lighter color shirts always works best. Otherwise you need an undercoat of white. We found that you could do between 50 and 60 shirts per 8oz of paint for an average design. The metalic bronze worked well on a stonewashed blue with a single coat of paint.
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10 of 10 users found this review helpful.

I have been using versatex for 14 yrs now to do my tie dye. It comes out crisp and never runs or fades I just love it. Fast and simple. Thank you Dharma !
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9 of 9 users found this review helpful.

These are great paints for screen printing they pull very evenly across the screen but they a bit too transparent to print on dark fabrics without flashing with white first.
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9 of 9 users found this review helpful.

I used this with stencils on t-shirts and it went on beautifully -- the opacity was wonderful. Hoping to have equally excellent results in the future.
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7 of 7 users found this review helpful.

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