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« on: March 03, 2009 07:35:40 PM »

I have no artistic abilities off a computer. I CG color constantly, but off the computer... I simply cannot. My right hand is messed up, and I am right handed.

So, to solve this, I print onto the fabric directly from my printer using some paper I found in Joanna's craft store. It's not an iron-on transfer, it is designed to be printed on, then sewn. The problem is, the ink keeps washing off/blurring with the slightest amount of moisture... Is there a way to seal the ink?

Ordinarily, I would just make stencils, but the designs are portraits.
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2009 03:45:30 PM »

Bumping this. Anyone have any ideas? A finishing spray? Maybe Mod Podge?
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2009 10:26:27 AM »

Hmm... I'm not too familiar, but I'll certainly give my thoughts on it.

I'm guessing you're using an inkjet printer? I would try possibly a laserjet or copier machine to print it out, as these have a different type of ink, and are also printed using heat.

Outside of that, perhaps applying heat to the finished product? Maybe giving it a tumble in the dryer? I'm not sure about inkjet inks and how they adhere, but I'm guessing the type of ink is probably the problem?
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2009 01:31:09 PM »

That fabric has to be heat set with an iron after printing,the sooner the better.  It's been my experience that the photo inkjet cartridges for my printer stay on better than the regular or refill inks, but I'm using an older printer.  If you're mounting the pieces, the spray sealer or fixative used on watercolor paintings should work fine and a can of that stuff goes pretty far.  If it needs to be washed, try heat setting for longer (I use cotton setting for as long as the fabric will stand), spraying on transparent air brush medium after printing, or maybe a different printable fabric product.  For instance, the cotton poplin seems to take the ink better than the cotton canvas for me and sometimes the store brand seems to actually repel the ink.

If none of this helps, you might browse around quilting boards.  These printable fabrics are really popular for memory quilts with photos on them, and surely the quilters have run into this too.   

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