Working with Discharge and Water-Based Inks

The ins and outs of discharge and water-based inks

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BELLA+CANVAS put fabrications and inks to the test. Find out how different fabric takes water-based and discharge ink.

Video takeaways:

  • Discharge on 100 percent cotton
  • Water-based ink is best on light fabric
  • Discharge ink is best on dark fabric
  • Challenging colors for discharge inks include Royal blue, purple, Kelly green
  • Tri-blends will give the shirt a more vintage look


Founded in 1992, BELLA+CANVAS provides men's and women's blank Ts to the wholesale market.

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