Tuesday, February 24, 2009

"I'd like to have a question..."

(as a German comedian put it) ... about photo transfer. I have a b&w laser printer, enough Wonder Under, and no money to buy transfer paper or foil. Would it work, o wise women, if I iron a paper laser print onto Wonder Under, put the piece into water over night, rub the paper off and iron this thing onto cloth? Anyone ever tried such a mess?
PS. I don't have an ink printer.

11 comments:

Carmen Rose said...

From what I understand... you could iron your fabric to the wonder under and send it through an ink jet printer to print directly on it. Then iron again to set the ink. But I have not tried this and I don't think a laser one will work because you need the ink. But I would most certainly try it at least once if you are confident enough that it wouldn't ruin your laser printer. Have fun experimenting and keep us posted.

Guzzisue said...

i print out in black and white using inkjet printer, Iron bondaweb onto fabric, iron print (print side down) onto the bondaweb/fabric. leave to cool, soak and rub paper off. See here for results http://bp1.blogger.com/_U0V1HRhB2dQ/R7p8PxROByI/AAAAAAAAAxA/rNOdzTEVILo/s320/tif003.jpg

Eva said...

Oh yes, this is the vintage look I'd very much like mine to get. -- Carmen, I don't have the courage to do this, the HP 5L is rather sensitive.
Thanks for your ideas!

gema said...

I have the same printer as yours...big ole thing...

I once made prints for fabric postcards using the same method as Carmen suggested BUT I used a Canon Bubble Jet printer. Man, that thing got stuck so many times but I tugged really hard a couple of times and they came out just fine and the printer survived.
I wanted to use a colour printer, hence the Canon.

On the big ole HP Laser5 it might just eat it up and you'd perhaps never see it again........on the other hand, nothing beats a trial...

Rayna said...

Of COURSE a laser printer will work! Just iron it to heat-set the ink. I use my laser printer for image transfer (with citra-solv, which is a cleaning product made with orange oil and is non-toxic). Hmmm..I wonder what would happen if you turned the paper face down, rubbed an orange rind on the back of the paper and then burnished with a spoon. Would there be enough oil to effect the transfer? You could use lacquer thinner but it is very toxic and you need to wear a gas mask and do it outside. Please come here and play!

Judy said...

I have used Carmen's technique with my Epson and it worked beautifully. And it's always worth a try, right? Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

xo

Eva said...

Oh Reyna, I wish I could follow your invite! I have some cleaner with orange oil, I'll try that and let you know what happens.

jude said...

this is all new to me.

Red Flashlight said...

I tried something like this to transfer an image onto a painting. (1) Print or photocopy image, (2) coat in multiple layers of acrylic gloss medium, (3) when totally dry, soak in a basin of water, (4) rub the paper off, and (5) stick your fancy new transparency to your canvas using more acrylic medium.

Fine for paintings, but probably not for clothing, unless you never plan to put it through the wash.

:)

dgorr said...

I've tried doing the gel medium transfer on to fabric, didn't work very well and would not be washable.

I've also fed some fabric through my printer directly (glue sticked it to paper) and it printed pretty well. It did jam up. I still get streaks of ink on whatever I'm printing every once and awhile.

I'd try your idea, if you haven't already,and just see what happens. I've found some transfer methods that aren't supposed to work for ink jet (supposed to be done with toner based ink from photo copiers) will work.

Lindsay said...

"I'd like to have a question"... that's so funny. I'd like to have a question too.