Just wanted to update everyone on what Ive been doing around the studio–been workin on making inks for screenprinting onto clay. I have tried several different formulas and finally found the one that works the best!
This is not very scientific, so if you try it out, some tweaking may be in order to get the consistency and opaqueness you like.
Mason Stains or Oxides (In this example, I used yellow ochre oxide)
Transparent Screenprinting Base (Acrylic) OR water based wallpaper paste
Low fire glaze–about 2 tbsp. (Store bought works great)
1. Fill container with transparent base, leaving about 2-3 inches from the top.
2. Measure out your mason stain or oxide—For this ink, i wanted some transparency, so I added about 2 tablespoons of yellow ochre. Mix thoroughly. Add more for a more opaque ink. Also, do a scrape test on a piece of paper to see the opacity–simply put a small amount on a scraper and run it across the paper…if it is too thin, add more stain.
3. Add about 2 tbsp. of storebought lowfire clear glaze. Mix thoroughly. This is very important–the glaze fuzes the ink to the clay during the bisque. Without the glaze, the ink will rub off.
4. Now the fun/tedious part–screening! I pushed the ink through a 40 mesh screen, then 60, and finally 80. This takes some time, but will make your ink the right consistency with no clumps. Your screen will get clogged when you print if you do not do this step!
If anyone out there has any other recipes or ideas, feel free to contact me. 🙂