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« on: March 04, 2007 12:11:53 AM »

Hey all!  I've been using this technique for awhile, and it's super fun, and I was asked to post a tut awhile back, so, here it is.  This process is called a cellulose transfer (I saw it in a book awhile back.)  It's an inexpensive way to print images on surfaces with things you probably have around the house.

Here's my original post:https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=103636.msg985660#msg985660

Basic Ingredients:
-Lacquer thinner
-Material to transfer image onto (I used a Moleskin pocket journal)
-A very small container to hold lacquer thinner
-Mirror image xerox of picture of choice (in black and white)  I usually use Craphound, below, because the images are great.

Use a WELL VENTILATED area to work
Do not let the chemicals touch anything you don't want damaged (skin for instance)
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Cut your image out, try to leave area around edges to put your fingers on where they won't come into contact with the chemicals.

Put no more than a table spoon of lacquer thinner into the container, use qtip to cover back of image while holding sturdy on notebook.  (You can tape it if that's easier for you.)

While the cellulose is still wet, go over entire area with the back of a spoon, quick!  It dries very fast.  If you need to, coat a small area, press; then coat another small area, and press.


This technique works on different mediums.  You'll have to test it out to see what works for you!

Fabrics, yes!

CD case, maybe not:

Please let me know if you try it out and what you think!!

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2007 12:32:35 AM »

That's so clever and those images are great.

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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2007 01:56:05 AM »

that's such a great idea, thanks for sharing! is it waterproof in any way? have you tried varnishing it or anything?


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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2007 04:01:49 AM »

Yeah i'd like to know if it's waterproof too. I'd like to do this, it sounds great and relatively easy but if i was to transfer onto fabrics like a t-shirt i'd like to wash it and i don't want the image to disappear  Wink

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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2007 04:37:25 AM »

You are the coolest person for two reasons.
1.  You let me know about Craphound.
2.  You posted that awesome tute.
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2007 05:57:48 AM »

wow, yeah craphound rocks!  thanks for the introduction.

i love this tutorial.  thanks so much!

do you have to use black and white images?  could you use images that were printed on a computer printer?

this is really cool.  i can't wait to give it a try.  this thread is getting bookmarked for sure.

« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2007 06:01:49 AM »

i love this and you for showing me the way!!!!!! Cheesy  <3 <3 <3

« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2007 07:46:59 AM »

i've always heard this called "toner transfers". acetone is the best solvent to do it with. if you have a printmaking press (for like relief or etching) you can get pretty much perfect transfers by running it through that. you can do color, it just has to come from a color copier/laser printer (anything that prints with toner).

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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2007 08:17:53 AM »

omg this is awesome
i cant wait to try it!
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2007 08:23:50 AM »

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please let us all know about the is it waterproof? can we do colors? etc.

thanks for the great tutorial Smiley now i've got to go buy that lacquer thinner stuff.

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