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« on: June 09, 2007 07:07:02 AM »

Hi there!

I tried this week printing directly on fabric. I stampled it on a binder card board that you use to separate subjects (dont know the name, english is not my 1st language!) and tried it on the printer. Went by smoothly.

I noticed if you set the printer to the highest quality, it sets better on fabric and after hand-washing, it will fade less than normal or good quality print.

http://www.katdraugelis.com/pics/002154%20004.jpg
The drawing on the left was set as high quality, on the right was good quality (Pre wash)

After wash
http://www.katdraugelis.com/pics/002154%20008.jpg

Im considering buying some spray covering to prevent the ink from fading when washing. Any suggestions? I plan to make pillows with my illustrations.
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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2007 04:54:44 AM »

That really looks great!!  I'm working on a project right now and I'd like to print directly on the fabric--what method did you use, if you don't mind my asking??  Did you purchase a special type of printable cotton??
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2007 06:32:34 AM »

Hi there!

Sorry for taking long to answer! Ive been working a lot lately!

I used common cotton fabric, but its not a knit fabric. I havent tried printing on knit yet.

I suggest you try covering the drawing with some kind of coating to keep the colors on before you wash them... because at least my kind of ink fades easily.

If you have those HP or Epson printers that use separate cartridges for each color, you can buy a kit that allows you to have bottles for each color attached through pipes to the cartridges, and use special ink for printing fabric instead of paper ink. Also you could buy a kind of ink that works for iron-on transferring, you print in paper and then iron on the fabric, it looks like a silk-screened fabric but with no 'touch' of paint when you put your fingers on it.

Hope it helps...
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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2007 08:35:21 AM »

This looks AWESOME!  I am about to try printing on fabric...Smiley I hope it turns out close to as cool...
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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2007 04:39:26 PM »

pillows are a good route to go since they won't [likely] be washed and fade.
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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2008 07:59:28 PM »

this is a LOOOOONG time after people stopped replying, but...

is it possible to do this on t-shirts? *newbie at this*
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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2008 04:05:03 PM »

I wouldn't try to do it directly on a t-shirt-- for one thing, you'd have to send the whole shirt through the printer, and I doubt that would work well.  You can print on fabric, and sew it to a t-shirt (I've actually got one that I've been meaning to post in the projects board).
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2009 10:07:56 PM »

Sounds like this was an ink jet printer, right?  I only have laser   Sad
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