Want to add distinct dimension and visual interest to your glow in the dark designs? Try adding a cool pattern over a flat glow sheet!

If you think glow sheets need to be a flat solid color, take a new look. Adding more depth and interest with patterns and textures can enhance your designs.

Pattern_Photo_Night-2jpg-300x224Getting started

There are a couple of ways to add patterns using a LunaGel glow sheet as the base material. The best methods are to either custom print a pattern on top of the glow sheet or add a layered design using an adhesive backed pre-patterned sheet.

Custom Printing

At Lunabrite we have developed printing capabilities to add a pattern, the look of texture and even logos onto glow sheets. This process is done at our factory and prints the design on the top layer of the glow sheet.

The process is fairly simple. You supply the design ready artwork, we custom print on our production line and ship right to you. The minimums are typically 500 linear feet. To request a custom quote, contact us.
cans_inks-380x240-300x189If you prefer to try this yourself at a local printer or silk screener, be sure they use a multi-purpose ink instead of plastisol type ink to ensure the ink binds properly. Plastisol is effective in printing on fabrics like t-shirts but will not stick well to the vinyl surface of a glow sheet. A multi purpose ink or Tough Tex® type ink will ensure better adhesion.  For advice on inks, contact a company who specializes in high quality inks.

When creating your patterned design, consider that each printing pass of a color is usually priced separately.  So every printing pass of a new color is an additional charge. Carefully consider how many colors and printed layers your design will have to best fit your budget.

Adhesive backed

If you are prototyping a unique design or just need a short run project, you can try printing the pattern yourself using a decent desktop printer.
Printing-Patterns-2-300x291Once you have your final design or pattern, size it to fit onto an 8 ½” X 11” sheet (or legal size if desired).

Print the design using a full sheet Clear label (such as an Avery 18665 for the 8 ½” X 11” size). Cut the design to fit, then peel the adhesive from the back of the stock and carefully place in desired position on top of a Lunabrite glow sheet and smoothly press in all directions.  Note that the label stock must be see-through clear.

We have been testing printed labels for several months. They do not peel up even with water or pressure. Once it is adhered, it is seriously on there.

If you need a larger size than your desktop printer can handle, check with a local printer to see if they will print a larger clear adhesive backed sheet for you. In some cases, they will have this material available and will print a single larger sheet.  Again after printing, the procedure would be to peel off the backing and place in position on top of the Lunabrite glow sheet.
Desktop-Printed-Patterns-2-248x300Tip: it can be difficult to smoothly lay down a large piece of adhesive once the backing is removed. After removing the backing, place sheet adhesive side down on non-stick parchment paper (the kind used for cookie sheets, available in grocery stores). You can leave a leading edge exposed and gently slip away the parchment once you have it correctly positioned, pressing the adhesive sheet into place.

Translucent vs. Opaque Effects

Printing inks have different attributes and can be used creatively to create special new effects, especially when used with glowing base material. A translucent ink will allow the glow to shine through it. This might even be used to create a new color. For example a Yellow/Green base glow color will glow Turquoise when overlaid with translucent Blue ink. Experimentation is key.

Tip: You might wish to use a clear overlay cell without adhesive to test designs and color combinations. Once you select your best effect, then print on the full sheet of clear adhesive stock.

Printing with a dense opaque ink creates solid areas that remain dark when the lights go out creating an opposite effect. In darkness the black areas will remain dark while the clear areas will glow.

Once you start experimenting with combinations of bright glow and interesting patterns, your dazzling designs will illuminate all night!