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Fabric Painting 2 – Transfer Printing with Ink Effects

October 9, 2012

Transfer printing is when you paint onto paper and then iron it onto the cloth, in most cases synthetic. Only certain paints will do this and generally only on fabric with lots of polyester in it. However Ink Effects Transfer paint changes that. It will transfer to fabric with 30% cotton in it and also you can buy a basecoat paint which allows you to transfer designs to fabrics with a higher cotton content.

Now in the past I have shown you transfer painting by splattering it onto paper etc, so this time I desided to do something different. Using a royalty free design from Dover publications, I printed it onto paper and then painted over the design using Ink Effects Transfer paint.

Ink Effects painted onto Paper

Ink Effects painted onto Paper

The true colour of the paint doesn’t show up until you transfer it onto the fabric. It’s a good idea to have a test swatch of colours printed onto fabric so you can see how the colour turns out.

Ink Effects printed onto Lutradur

Ink Effects printed onto Lutradur

In this case I used a heavy weight lutradur to recieve the design. You can see I printed the design twice across the fabric. Each time I print, I increase the time. 30 seconds for the first print, 45 for the next and so on. Now, you may be thinking that with synthetics you use a cool iron – not in this case! Use as much heat as you can to get the transfer to occur – I had my iron set on linen for example. Also keep the iron moving otherwise you print the steam holes! I also put down baking paper to protect the ironing board from accidential transfers of colour and if the fabric is larger then the painted paper. Its best to get the heat directly onto the painted paper, however watch the hot iron doesn’t touch the unprotected fabric.

Technique summary:
Paint Paper, let dry
Place baking paper on ironing board
Lay synthetic fabric down (light coloured), place painted design face down onto it
Have iron hot and baking paper around to protect any fabric not covered by painted paper
Iron painted paper with a continuous motion for 30 seconds
Remove paper, turn off iron.

Ink effects – great colour – great price too – see the range at my store Essential Textile Art. You can keep on printing until all the paint is used up, off the paper and then you have wonderful collage papers to play with too!


Fabric Painting 1 – Lumiere and Dye Na Flow Paints

September 17, 2012

I decided to do a few posts on fabric paints as they are an easy way to colour your colour without the fuss of dyeing. Above we have a few pieces that have the fabric paint Lumiere on them. Jacquard’s Lumiere paint is a metallic fabric paint which is water based, opaque and heat set. Taking each of those things separately water based means that you can wash up your equipment in water and also you can thin the paint with water. Opaque means that Lumiere has covering power. So if you paint over black or white fabric the paint doesn’t allow the colour of the cloth underneath to show through. Lastly heat set – this means the paint becomes permanent when you either iron the cloth or pop it in the drier. remember to allow the paint to dry first before ironing it for 2-3 minutes to set it. Once set, you can then wash the coloured cloth without fear of losing the colour.

How do I apply it? You can stamp it on as in the two pieces on the left side or you can apply with a paint brush, roller.. the list goes on – have fun and try experimenting with different things. Anything to watch out for? Only thin the paint to a maximum of 1/4 water to 3/4 paint otherwise the pigment starts to separate from the binder which means you get funny lines in your painting. Overall Lumiere is the best opaque metallic paint for fabric that I’ve used.

Secondly today we have Dye Na Flow – so named because it’s a paint that acts like a dye. Jacquard’s Dye-Na-Flow is a very watery paint which at first I didn’t like until I discovered how versatile it was. Dye-Na-Flow is water based, transparent and heat set. So as above, you can wash this paint out in water and use an iron to set the paint. Transparent means that you will see the colour of the cloth through the paint so its best used on light coloured fabrics. The watery aspect means that both sides of the cloth will be covered by the paint as it seeps through into the fibres. Both Lumiere and Dye-Na-Flow can be used on natural or synthetic fabrics with great results.

What makes Dye-Na-Flow so unique? You can do a lot of different effects with it – for example the image above is all sunprinting with Dye-Na-Flow. Simply place an object on top – stencil, shells, washers and then leave the paint in the sun to dry. You can also create salt effects with it by sprinkling rock salt over the paint and leaving it to dry. The paint can also be sprayed onto cloth using one of the many mister or spray bottles available. You can build up layers of colour by heat setting after each layer of paint. Shaving cream marbeling is also easy with Dye-Na-Flow – messy but lots of fun!! Anything to watch for? Dye-Na-flow will travel to the most absorbant thing it touches so always dry your cloth on plastic.

Fabric painting – lots of fun and asy to colour your cloth. Check out more information at Jacquard’s home page. Like to buy some? Check out my shop at Essential Textile Art.

February Fabric Update

February 17, 2010

Colours of India Swapbook

Once again starting another swapbook. The accordian book is 1.5cm square and gets passed around the Reddy Arts Textile Group and members create their own response to my theme “Colours of India”. Other themes are textures and gels, From Darkness to light, From the river to the deep blue sea so lots of very different books should result from this round.

Carved stamps

Been doing a bit of fabric painting too with some of my own stamps. I’m finding carving stamps while watching TV is both productive and fun. These are carved from my soft carve blocks and i did my first double sided one the other day. Some of the fabric printing…

Printed Fabric

I’ve heat set them so the next stage is to but a wash of colour of them and then set that and then perhaps pick up a bit of detail in metallics. See what happens next!

Deconstructed fabric printing!

I had a lot of fun using up the paint that was left. Now for a wash of olive over this one and then perhaps it will become a journal cover.

Meltee Art

Also been playing with UTEE and Opals. Both are embossing powders and both have very different characteristics. UTEE requires higher heat and is more robust and chunky when sprinkled over the melted parts. Opals melt at a lower temperature and create a “sparkle” effect when sprinkled. I mounted this on a piece of florist’s mesh which happened to match beautifully. Well, my swapbook page is done for March – its nice to be ahead for once!