Mixing custom ink colors - Screen Print Direct

So, with the shop slowing down and everyone having to be inside, we have some fun activities you can do in the shop. One of our favorite shop activities is mixing custom ink colors. It’s always fun seeing what happens when you mix a few colors together and a whole new color is made. Follow along and feel free to make your own ink recipes!

We just released new Rapid Cure low temperature cure plastisol inks, which we will be using for this. Now, these inks cure at 270° F and are low bleed for you guys venturing off of cotton. Remember these are low bleed and not no bleed!

If you have a specific color in mind and don't want to play trial and error with ink mixing try out our Rapid Cure Plastisol Color Mixing System. Use 15 different color inks to create over 1800 colors. Our complete system includes 15 plastisol ink colors and an online ink mixing calculator. Stock less ink on your shelf all while giving your customers infinite color options for their merch and prints. We have this system available in Water-Based Ink as well. 

Back to our ink mixing, we are going to be making a pint of our Island Squeeze, which is a pastel orange color. (We have now made this a staple color of the Rapid Cure ink collection and it is officially named Rapid Cure Pastel Orange)

Things you will need:


For starters turn your scale on and zero it, place your empty container on the scale and zero it again.

Next, grab your Rapid Cure White Plastisol Ink and you are going to want to add 480 Grams of ink to your container on the scale. Once you do that zero the scale again, it’s best to zero the scale after you add your ink or change something on the scale so you have accurate weights so you can achieve the color you want.

Ok, so now you have your white ink and need to add 20 grams of the Rapid Cure Orange Plastisol Ink to the container with the white. Your scale should be zeroed so that when you add the orange you can easily do so without having to add up numbers in your head.

So now that you have the two colors in the container, it’s time to mix. Grab your ink spatula and start mixing until the colors are fully mixed. Double check because you don’t want to go print and find a solid blob of white or orange that didn’t get mixed properly.

We hope you guys have fun mixing up some fun colors and let us know if you come up with any of your own ink color recipes! 


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