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« on: July 14, 2007 08:41:44 PM »

Saw a really cool tutorial on instructables.com on printing directly onto fabric supported by freezer paper and decided this might be a really cool way to put some of my own artwork on say, tote bags or what have you.  Currently this panel isn't being used for anything except for test of concept, so I figured this would live best here for now.

Here's what i did:

I started off with a little doodle painting, keeping in mind that whatever I did had to be small enough to fit onto an 8 1/2" by 11" printer, because that's the biggest format mine can handle.  Here's my acrylic paint and permanent marker creation...


Then, I placed freezer paper, with the shiny plastic side down, onto a piece of canvas that was a little bigger than the final size i need my sheet of fabric to be.


Iron, iron, iron.  Kinda needs to be hot to get it to stick, just keep the iron moving.

Then, trim the sheet to the size of a standard paper.  I've found it's better to err a few millimeters on the smaller side than the larger.

Now, place the fused paper and fabric into the printer so that when it feeds through, the fabric is up.  For me, this requires placing my fabric in the tray face down.  No big deal if you mess up though, it's just printed on the paper side!  Flip it over and give it another shot!
Here's mine freshly printed.


Now, here's the final image.  Of course, it's not as dark as on paper because the fabric absorbs, and if you want the final project to be washable, you should pre-treat with a bubble or ink jet solution.  I've heard they sell it on dharmatradingcompany.com.


I really like it!  The detail is amazing.  I will try something more detailed next time, but the print even picked up the shading from the raised paint dots scanning.  I'm rather impressed, and I'll be getting myself some of that solution soon. Smiley  I think this gives me another reason to need more nerd toys, like a wide format color printer!
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2007 09:06:43 PM »

That is incredibly awesome  Shocked (in fact, this rocks). I want to try it too now. (As soon as I figure out where to get freezer paper ^^;)
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2007 10:06:29 PM »

Wait. I'm confused.  Huh So do you have a copier function on your printer and that is how it gets to the fabric? Or did you scan the artwork then print?
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2007 11:21:41 PM »

I suppose you could really do it either way, since I have one of printers that scans and does the copy function too... however, I scanned, edited my colors, and sized it a little in photoshop.  The final product is actually larger than my original painting by about an inch on either side, due to the resolution at which I scanned my photo.
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2007 07:04:13 AM »

This is great Smiley I love that drawing, but you don't have to buy the solution.  There's a tute on how to make the stuff, here.
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2007 02:10:06 PM »

Very cool! I love your drawing too!
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« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2007 05:51:57 AM »

I'm sorry im confused, what is freezer paper? im not sure we have it in the uk!
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2007 05:48:13 PM »

I'm sorry im confused, what is freezer paper? im not sure we have it in the uk!
It is actually paper that is wrapped around meat and stuff so you can freeze it. I get mine in the grocery store...near plastic wraps and tin foil. I don't know if you have it in uk either.

Awesome technique theartofmegan. Thanks for sharing
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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2007 08:07:35 PM »

I don't believe the UK or Australia have freezer paper.  You might want to do a personal swap with a US person to get some.  It's not all that expensive here.
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« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2007 08:32:46 AM »

I just bought freezer paper today to try this out Smiley
I also bought some thin cotton/muslin type white fabric.
I will post pics if it turns out half as cool as YOURS!
Did you use a certain kind of fabric?
Do you iron after, to 'set' the inks??
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