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Derivan Screen Fabric ink


Derivan Screen Ink is a totally water-based silk screen printing ink.

Derivan Screen Ink has been formulated as a safe, non-toxic silk screen printing ink for fabric and Tie Dyeing. It can be used in the classroom or at home safely without the worry of being exposed to harmful solvents such as white spirits, turps or thinners. Derivan Screen Ink is water-based and washes up in water (before it is heat set) but has excellent rub resistance and lightfastness once heat set.

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screen fabric ink colour swatch white
WHITE
screen fabric ink colour swatch lemon yellow
LEMON YELLOW
screen fabric ink colour swatch mid yellow
MID YELLOW
screen fabric ink colour swatch golden yellow
GOLDEN YELLOW
screen fabric ink colour swatch yellow orange
YELLOW ORANGE
screen fabric ink colour swatch bright orange
BRIGHT ORANGE
screen fabric ink colour swatch mid red
MID RED
screen fabric ink colour swatch bright red
BRIGHT RED
screen fabric ink colour swatch brilliant pink
BRILLIANT PINK
screen fabric ink colour swatch purple
PURPLE
screen fabric ink colour swatch royal blue
ROYAL BLUE
screen fabric ink colour swatch green light
GREEN LIGHT
screen fabric ink colour swatch turquoise blue
TURQUOISE BLUE 
screen fabric ink colour swatch mid green
MID GREEN
screen fabric ink colour swatch brown
BROWN
screen fabric ink colour swatch black
BLACK
screen fabric ink colour swatch metallic bronze
METALLIC BRONZE
screen fabric ink colour swatch metallic silver
METALLIC SILVER
screen fabric ink colour swatch metallic gold
METALLIC GOLD
screen fabric ink colour swatch metallic copper
METALLIC  COPPER
screen fabric ink reducer
REDUCER 
screen fabric ink colour swatch fluro magenta
FLURO MAGENTA
screen fabric ink colour swatch fluro orange
FLURO ORANGE
screen fabric ink colour swatch fluro red
FLURO RED
screen fabric ink colour swatch fluro blue
FLURO BLUE
screen fabric ink colour swatch fluro green
FLURO GREEN
screen fabric ink colour swatch fluro yellow
FLURO YELLOW

All the colours may be intermixed to form bright secondary and tertiary colours. White (Opaque) may be mixed if pale pastel opaque prints are desired on dark coloured fabrics.

This is a thick milky coloured paste which dries colourless and transparent. It is used for intermixing with standard printing colours in order to extend deep colours into pale or lighter transparent shades (Red into transparent pink, etc.). Mainly for White or pale fabrics.

Wash all utensils, brushes and hands with soap and water to clean up.


It is important to make sure the silk screen blockout or stencil system that is to be used is compatible with water-based products (some are completely resistant to many solvents but water will destroy them).


Generally speaking, the best mesh size for fabric printing is 10T to 25T (monofilament). A coarser mesh screen is required for fabric than for paper; more ink is required as fabric tends to be more absorbent.


Best results are obtained from absorbent fabrics; avoid waterproof fabrics as they tend to inhibit penetration and repel the water-based colours. Fabrics containing starch, size, fillers, softeners or crease-proof treatments should be washed prior to printing. Fabrics containing waterproofing treatments may not accept the paints and may result in mottling, poor colour adhesion or patchy printing and may not remain washproof.


It is necessary to heat fix the image if it is to be washproof. Heat fixing can take many forms. The main points to be observed are:

  • The image must be air dried before it is heat fixed.

  • Ensure the heat is applied evenly over the image.

  • Ensure the heat is applied continuously for the required time over the image.

  • Be sure not to scorch or burn the image or garment.

  • Any type of heat can be used. Heat tunnels, ovens, even the humble household iron can all be used. If using contact heat (for instance an iron), use a tea towel or another piece of cotton cloth over the image to iron on. Do not iron directly over the print.

Heat fixing times and temperatures vary. However, a guide is as follows:

Cotton, calico, linen, rayon - 4-5 mins at 140-180°C

Synthetics, nylon, polyester, tetron, acrylic - 5-8 mins at 115-130°C. .

Important projects warrant testing to determine maximum temperature to make image fast and avoid scorching. Test by heat-fixing a test strip and washing in a heavy duty cycle.


Derivan Screen Ink is also the perfect choice to create wonderful patterns using the Tie Dye technique. Just follow the simple steps below.

Add 1 heaped teaspoon of table salt to a 250ml of Screen Ink of a colour of your choice and stir - it takes quite a bit of stirring - the mixture should become as thin as water - which is great for painting on fabric. Of course to dye with, you will need to add water, how much water will depend on the choice of colour you are using and how strong you want it to be, start with 1 part of mixed Screen Ink to 10 parts water for a strong dye colour - or reduce the colour strength as desired by adding more water.

Once it is heat fixed (as per instructions above) it will last longer than the fabric it is put on (NB this process does not work with White or Fluro colours) .


 1. Add teaspoon of salt.

 2. Stir for a few minutes.

 3. Consistency should be like water.

DERIVAN SCREEN INK
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