Saturday, March 13, 2010

Question about home printer images

Hey blog land fiber artists....I was asked for suggestions to make images already printed on fabric from a home computer permanent. I'm assuming she printed from an ink jet regular ink printer. A project got wet and the image is almost gone, she wants to set other project images...any suggestions anyone????TIA.
I know about what to use and passed on that info, Just need a suggestion to set what she already made into projects.


  1. Pat~
    My next purchase will be an Epson Printer, that was recommended on several lists for permanent printing. Wish I knew what to do for her now. I am guessing that you have already talked about ironing? Sorry I am not more help.

  2. The answer to the question is to soak the muslin or whatever the background fabric(Natural fibres only.. cotton, silk rayon..) in a solution of Bubblejet . This is available at quilt shops.
    You put the fabric in a tray and pour the bubblejet over. Let sit for a bit until completely wet.
    Take it out of the solution and DO NOT WRING. Hang to dry.
    Next you will need some freezer paper. Cut the fabric APPROXIMATELY 8 1/2" x 11"
    Iron this to the shiny side of the freezer paper.... Remember the Shiny side is ironed to the muslin. The way I teach my students is to sing"Keep The Shiny Side UP....UP..." ;-}
    OK.... you now have the muslin ironed to the freezer paper.... NOW ... cut the sheet exactly 8 1/2" x 11" or whatever size fits your printer. The size I mentioned is the usual size in most.
    You are now ready to put this through the printer to copy whatever image you want.
    NOW... once you have this done( and By the way make sure the freezer paper is securely ironed on otherwise a loose corner could cause it to jam in the printer)
    OK so far so good....
    NOW you have to let it cure for 24 hours. Once this is done you are ready to remove the freezer paper and rinse the piece. Do not wring..
    You will rinse it in Bubble Jet Rinse. Let dry, iron and now you are ready to use it.
    This may sound like a fiddley process but necessary, otherwise if it gets wet it will disappear.
    I KNOW!!!
    if you look on my blog I just posted a picture of a quilt I made using images.and I used the bubblejet method.
    There is something in the bubble Jet liquid that makes the process permanent.
    If you google Bubblejet you will get the full story...
    Hope this was helpful..Let me know..

  3. Wow that's really useful info - thanks for sharing

  4. I'm not sure there is anything that will stop further fading if the fabric wasn't prepared properly before being printing and then rinsed properly. She could, however, try dabbing a mixture of detergent and Bubble Jet RINSE onto the prints and letting it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it out in cold water.
    It's also possible that a thin solution of fabric medium (for acrylic paints) mixed with acrylic varnish would protect the fibers enough to keep them from bleeding more, but I'd be sure to test that somewhere fairly inconspicuous just in case it made things worse.
    I wish her luck! That had to be a big disappointment.

  5. Hi Pat, I recently bought some CDs so that I could print silkies, and then I realised that I didn't have the slightest idea how to do it. Trust me to jump in with both feet. Help please. Blessings Lesley

  6. If you purchase commercial prepared fabric for printing read the label carefully--some is not prepared to make the image permanent and some is. I like Bubble Jet, recommended above. Once an image is printed on untreated fabric, I'm not sure what you can do besides enjoy the faded image. Pressing doesn't really help with ink jet ink, unless the fabric has been treated.

  7. Oh this is good to know! I used to do the Bubble Jet Set and decided that was a hassle so I swithced over to the prepared fabric sheets, but have no idea if they're actually waterproof... I'll have to try that out. Maybe I'll go back to the BJS way... Marva


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