Located on south end of Santa Fe Art District 900 W. 1st Ave. suite 130 Denver, CO  –  [email protected]

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT’S SCREENPRINTING AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

DESIGN

It all starts with an idea. Your idea goes to the computer and is made into a *vector image. Each color of the vector file is printed on its own transparent film using black ink. These sheets are called *outputs and are used as stencils in the exposure process.

COAT SCREEN

Each screen has thousands of tiny holes that need to be plugged. We call this a screen’s *mesh. Coating both sides of the screen with *emulsion, the holes become clogged. The emulsion is light sensitive and the timing of exposure is imperative, so it must dry in a dark room.

EXPOSE SCREEN

*Exposing the emulsion to UV light cures the dried emulsion in place, plugging all the holes. The black ink on the outputs block the UV light from exposing the emulsion under the design, keeping those holes open for ink to later be pressed through.

REGISTER SCREENS

After each screen is exposed they are lined up and registered in their perspective spots on the press. The measurement and  alignment of each screen is very precise so that the colors are lined up correctly. Testing the prints is a worth-while effort in minimizing error.

RACK SHIRTS

Pulling the shirt onto the *pallet should be done strait and flat. Any wrinkles will cause some irregularities in the print. If the shirt gets pulled on sideways, the print will look crooked when taken off the pallet. We would like to encourage our customers to appreciate any misprints that occur. There is nothing more custom than a misprint, making it truly one-of-a-kind!

FLOOD & PRESS INK

Now, you print! First, you have to *flood your screen with ink by using a *squeegee to gently pull ink across the surface of the screen. It is important to keep your squeegee at a 45 degree angle when pushing or pulling ink. With the screen pressed against the shirt , push or pull the ink at a 45 degree angle maintaining lots of pressure, so that the ink fully pushes through the screen. Finally, the shirt is put through a dryer to cure the ink and your shirt is made!

VECTOR

Vector files are images built by mathematical formulas that establish points on a grid as opposed to a raster file which is composed of the colored blocks referred to as pixels. Vectors can infinitely adjust in size without losing resolution. Common file types include: ai., eps., pdf., svg.

OUTPUTS

An output is transparency paper that is used to print your design on. The ouput is taped onto the screen. The design is printed in black which blocks the UV light from exposing the emulsion where the design is on the screen.

MESH

A measure of how many threads of polyester cross each other per square inch of screen. e.g. a 110 mesh screen would have 110 threads crossing per square inch. The higher the mesh count, the finer the holes on the screen.

EMULSION

This is a photosensitive liquid chemical that is applied to a screen and used for making a stencil on a silkscreen.

 

EXPOSING

When you “expose” emulsion under UV light the emulsion hardens in order to block ink from coming through screen.

 

PALLET

The flat surface that your shirt is pulled onto to print which is sprayed with an adhesive so your shirt won't move.

 

FLOOD

To “flood” means to cover the screen with a generous coat of ink. The flood fills the holes that the ink is pushed through. The first push or pull of ink is important for a good print, so a good "flood" is needed.

 

SQUEEGEE

The tool used to pull /push ink through a screen. It typically has a wood handle, sometimes metal, with a rubber blade that is used to move the ink across the screen.

VECTOR

Vector files are images built by mathematical formulas that establish points on a grid as opposed to a raster file which is composed of the colored blocks referred to as pixels. Vectors can infinitely adjust in size without losing resolution. Common file types include: ai., eps., pdf., svg.

OUTPUTS

An output is transparency paper that is used to print your design on. The ouput is taped onto the screen. The design is printed in black which blocks the UV light from exposing the emulsion where the design is on the screen.

MESH

A measure of how many threads of polyester cross each other per square inch of screen. e.g. a 110 mesh screen would have 110 threads crossing per square inch. The higher the mesh count, the finer the holes on the screen.

EMULSION

This is a photosensitive liquid chemical that is applied to a screen and used for making a stencil on a silkscreen.

 

EXPOSING

When you “expose” emulsion under UV light the emulsion hardens in order to block ink from coming through screen.

 

PALLET

The flat surface that your shirt is pulled onto to print which is sprayed with an adhesive so your shirt won't move.

 

FLOOD

To “flood” means to cover the screen with a generous coat of ink. The flood fills the holes that the ink is pushed through. The first push or pull of ink is important for a good print, so a good "flood" is needed.

 

SQUEEGEE

The tool used to pull /push ink through a screen. It typically has a wood handle, sometimes metal, with a rubber blade that is used to move the ink across the screen.

WHAT DO I DO WHEN I ARRIVE?

When you arrive, you’ll be greeted and checked in at the front desk. We’ll give you a magnet with your station number on it that will work as your “drink ticket”, a shirt ticket with your station number, and a design catalogue/ menu. Your design catalogue/ menu will list all the shirt colors, ink colors, design options, and of course your available beverages.

After checking in, you can head to the bar and trade your magnet for the drink of your choice. While you enjoy your drink, fill out your shirt ticket. This will have your shirt sizes, shirt colors, up to 2 design SKU’s, and your ink colors for those designs. When completed, hand to the instructor at the back window to receive your supplies and head to your station. Feel free to walk around and check out the space while you wait for class to start. 

Customers will have about 30 minutes to get checked in and settle in, so if class starts at 7 pm you’ll have from 7-7:30 before we start the class as a group. At this point, we’ll bring the group together for a walk-through of the screen printing process, after which everyone will practice printing on their tote bag and coaster.

Next, everyone will break off to their stations and set up to print their first shirt. The instructors will be floating around helping where needed. Once everyone completes their first shirt, you will have the chance to purchase another drink while the class sets up to print their second shirt. Class runs for 2 hours, so if you finish early feel free to hangout or head out. If you have more questions, please feel free to call us or send an email through our contact page. Look forward to dr(inking) with you!

 

CAN I BRING MY OWN ALCOHOL?

Simple answer is no. Any alcohol consumed at Ink & Drink must be purchased by us. Thank you for understanding.

CAN I CANCEL?

We are happy to re-schedule your visit to Ink & Drink on another date that better suits your schedule. Cancellation is acceptable no less than 24 hours in advance, otherwise we are not able to re-schedule or refund you. Thank you for understanding. Please call or email to cancel!

WHAT SHOULD I WARE?

We encourage our class attendants to wear something comfortable and casual and to keep in mind that the inks used can get messy if not careful. Aprons will be available for customers who want to protect their clothes.

IS THERE FOOD?

Ink & Drink does not have food available for customers, but fortunately next door is Smokin’ Yard Barbecue and they’ve got some mmm good food. We ask that class attendants please eat before class. Thank you.

DO I HAVE TO BE 21?

Our recommended age for a class is 14 yo. or older. We serve non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. You must have a government issued ID that proves you are 21 years or older in order to be served alcohol at Ink & Drink.

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900 W. 1st Ave. suite 130
Denver, CO 80223
720-535-1122
[email protected]

STORE HOURS
Mon - Tue: Closed
Wed - Fri: Contact us
(come print a shirt!)

 

CLASS HOURS
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