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>It was a fun day today. I got some of the shirt samples I had ordered for my winter line. And by “winter line” I simply mean I am ordering some long-sleeve shirts from a new company and I can’t decide what colors to get.  I was excited enough when those came today, but then I also got my new Permaset Aqua Screen printing Ink. I have heard a lot of good things about this ink on various forums and I couldn’t wait to do a test run with it.

I grabbed one of the new sample shirts, a Mabel sized one in Steel Blue, picked one of my favorite designs and got to work. My first impression of the shirt and ink are very positive. The shirt is 100% thick cotton and super soft. The ink is thinner than my current brand and goes on a lot smoother. After a letting the shirt air dry I was immediately impressed that the screen design was soft to the touch. Because I’m also looking for a faster way to cure the ink on the shirts I am also experimenting using my clothing dryer to cure the ink. My first attempt at using the dryer to cure the ink didn’t quite work out well, a lot of the ink washed out. 😦 But I knew it was a possibility. (the pic below is prewashing)

Attempt number two at my test run was way more successful. This time I just air dried then used my iron for two minutes. I had a size run of some baby blue t-shirts in….since I have show this weekend I figured I could always use more giraffe shirts. And what I don’t sell at the craft show I will list on Etsy. I just LOVE the ink. I can’t wait to use my old ink up and buy all the colors I want in this Permaset.

Now the shameless Permaset Aqua ink plug– buy it if you want awesome ink. Great for hobbiest too! (you freezer paper stencil-ers I’m talking to you!). The best prices I found were here http://www.buypermasetinks.com

p.s. it doesn’t have a gunky smell and is non-toxic so you can use it around your little ones.

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