A long time ago (about 18 months) when we used to be Liberty Press (we changed our name when we started selling finished items, so that we wouldn’t be confused as being in any way connected with Liberty of London), we used a particular black ink (I’ll call it black ink no. 1) that produced a deeper, more true black on our custom printed fabrics, and made some difference in intensity with the other colours too.
About 18 months ago (after we had become Lacuna Press) we switched to a new black ink after two customers had come across an issue with black ink spreading when they worked their printed silk. The new black ink (I’ll call it black ink no. 2) was good on our silks, better than the old ink. But it wasn’t so good on the other fabrics, particularly the fabrics that weren’t coated to enhance the printed intensity of our eco-friendly pigment inks.
Well, I’m pleased to announce that we have started using another black ink (I’ll call it black ink no. 3) on our non-coated and non-silk fabrics which, like the very first black ink we had (black ink no. 1), produces a deeper, more true black, than does the black ink no. 2 which we switched to for everything for the last 18 months.
- Our silks and coated fabrics (cotton percale ultra, half panama cotton ultra, cotton canvas ultra) are still being printed with black ink no. 2
- All non-silk and non-coated fabrics (currently belgian linen & cotton sateen) are now being printed with black ink no. 3, which produces the same improved depth of colour as black ink no. 1 did when we used it 18 months ago.
- Further, with our new black ink, we now feel able to bring back more uncoated fabrics, that we had had to stop offering for a while, until we found an improved solution to their printed black and colour output. So watch out for uncoated percale, cotton canvas, and cotton lawn back in our shop again soon, which will be able to offer for a cheaper price than their coated alternatives.