Transfer Images from Paper to Fabric or Wood
The environment in which you live has a significant impact on your mood and performance, and adding personality to a situation can be easy (and economical). Check out a project of image transfer with solvent for different materials, such as wood and fabric, which you can make yourself.
The process of transferring images with solvent consists of “borrowing” the content of printed material, dissolving it chemically, and moving the image to a new surface. We will apply for image transfer on canvas bags and wooden meat boards, but you can go further and test on other objects of your choice using the same materials.
First, think about what image or style you want to use. The possibilities are endless; just let your imagination flow. You can choose to print anything from phrases to illustrations, or even use your design. (Just remember to mirror/flip everything in your image before printing!) I love Beyoncé, so I used some of her songs as inspiration for these examples. After collecting the photos, I started to create some designs.
Print a mirrored/inverted version of your image in the desired size. The darker and more saturated your vision is, the better, as ink transferred more quickly. You must use a laser printer, which uses toner-based ink. The ink in the inkjet printer can drain a lot.
When you are ready to make the transfer, be sure to work in a well-ventilated area. Place the print image upside down on the fabric or wood surface you have chosen. If necessary, glue one side down using tape to keep it in place and not move during the process. Use a cotton ball or brush and saturate the backside of the print with acetone.
Swipe the card across the back of the printout with a back and forth motion. Use even pressure, and be careful as putting too much stress can tear your print. The ink transfers best when the area you are working on saturated with acetone, so you may need to add more acetone if the edition starts to dry. The use of a lot of acetone will also create a more precise transfer of the impression. In the case of large prints, it is interesting to work in smaller sections. Try practicing on any piece of paper, fabric, or wood to get the hang of it first.
Carefully lift a little of the paper to see how the transfer is going, and if you don’t need to run more. If it’s how you want it, remove all printed paper to see your transferred image.
If transferring to fabric, place the material with the image transferred in the dryer for 10 to 15 minutes after finishing. The heat will allow the ink to stick to the fabric.