Water Based Ink DropWater based inks penetrate the fabric more than the plastisol inks and are able to create a super soft “hand” or feel. Water based inks create a smooth, breathable design that cannot be felt on the shirt. The ink is absorbed into the material and once the water based ink is dried, it becomes one with the fabric, lasting the lifetime of the garment.

Contrary to what many less experienced printers may tell you, we aren't limited to printing on only light colored t-shirts, however, due to water based inks being more transparent than traditional inks, pantone matching is not as accurate and the inks tend to take on properties of the color fabric it is printed on.

Water based inks have a soft “hand”, or feel and because the ink does not sit on top of the fabric like traditional plastisol inks, it is ideal for printing on lightweight, stretchy, ribbed and textured fabrics. Water-based prints move with the fabric and easily stand up to the test of time and wear and will not crack, fade, or peel.

At Born of Water, water based printing is our favorite style to print. It takes a skilled hand to create a print that both feels and looks great. Because this printing uses water as its solvent, it can be more difficult to work with than traditional inks. An inexperienced printer will not be able to produce a solid, crisp print and details in your design may appear muddy or blurry, because the ink may run and seep outside the screen. Our team prides ourselves with being able to reproduce your design with expert precision and quality.

While traditional plastisol inks require harsh, toxic chemicals to degrade and clean during production and post-production, water-based inks are easily maintained and cleaned using water alone. In addition, all chemicals used during the post-production screen reclaiming process are 100% biodegradable, and made from either soybeans or corn. This amounts to no toxic chemicals going down the drain, and yet another step towards sustainability.


The use of the highest quality and environmentally responsible inks is very important to us at Born of Water as we are committed to producing quality products for our customers as well as being environmentally conscious.

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