Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Just received a great surface to print. It is a peel and stick fabric from The Electric Quilt Company. The print is bright and the fabric has a nice feel to it.

Playing with printing this cool fabric, I used part of a digital image created from a picture of El Capitan in Yosemite. (The next post will show that piece in progress)

Using a matte paper print setting on my Epson the fabric was printed and then allowed to dry. Half the print was then rinsed with water to test the immediate color fast and none of the ink washed off.

Here's the fun part of this fabric. Since this is peel and stick, I cut the image up into random pieces, stuck it to an old blue jean jacket and there it stays. To finish it off I will stitch around the fabric. Not sure yet if it will be a hand stitching or done by machine. Once it is finished I will test it again to see how it washes.

As with any surface that you use for clothing, it is best to take care with washing and follow the manufacturers instructions. Durability will depend on the inks from your printer. Check with the printer manufacturer to see how fabric should be handled.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Textured and Printed Papers Art Book

These pictures are of a textural book. On the top set of pages, burlap has been beaded and sewn to an assembly of papers and digital images. The page on the top right is printed from a digital image in the New Zealand collection on my website. It is printed on rice paper coated with inkAID. The print is created from a photograph of a Kauri tree in the Waipoui Forest on the North Island of New Zealand. The textures are inspired by this magical place.

In creating this book, each page has at least 5 pages sewn together, sort of like a quilt. The make up of the papers for the pages include; hand-dyed watercolor paper, printed tissue paper, rice paper and Strathmore Ridge. The many textural pages can be seen in the edges around the images.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Printing on fabric

Experimenting with different surfaces to print images can be daunting. One of the ways to make printing fabric as easy as possible is to buy a texitle that is ready to print. There are many sources on the market that will provide these surfaces. Some fabrics come 8.5 x 11 and have a paper backing. These printable fabrics can be fed into the printer like any paper.

This is the easiest way to print on fabric. You create your image, (of course you can go to my web site at and download an image) and then pop the paper into the printer and print. Simple and wonderful, an image will dry quickly and you can almost instantly use it in the artwork it has been intended for. In my where I shop section there are some sources for printable fabric. These images have been printed on fabric that is ready to print.