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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

How to transfer an image onto fabric using wax paper and your printer!



If you were here yesterday, then you know that today I have a little tutorial for a super-easy short cut for getting an image transferred onto fabric. This is for those of us without fancy cutting machines or special materials around, unless you count wax paper as a special material, which sometimes I do!

Here's the pillow, which I showed you yesterday, with the turkey silhouette we're going to be working with today.



Before we get into it, let me tell you,we are going to get real close today, me and you. I don't go around taking just anyone into this area where I do my blogging and my real work. This is special, just for you. Sometimes you see pictures around this blog that make it look like we've got a pretty cozy little house around here and today you're going to see that we have all kinds of ugly around here too.

I wanted to show you how it's really done and how really unfancy a process this is, so today, we're keepin' it real!


Find a free clip art image online and copy/paste it into Word. I just find it faster and easier than using anything else. So this is what I do!


Gather your supplies: Wax paper and scissors. Cut the wax paper to about the width of a regular sheet of paper.


Load the wax paper into the printer and hit print! It helps if you put the concave curving side down, I find.


Now you have your image on the wax paper. Careful, the ink is still wet! No touchy! Find a flat surface like a dresser next to a half-demolished wall to work on.


Since the ink is still wet and doesn't absorb into the wax paper like it does in regular paper, you're going to use this like a stamp. Find the spot where you'd like to place your image. You can measure, or you can do like I did and just eyeball it based on where my image was on the other side. Smooth and press with your hand.


Peel 'er back!

The pillow cover that I'm working with here is actually the back side of another Halloween themed pillow cover I did about a month ago. So I made it reversible!

You can see there are some areas where it bled through from the other side when I was doing the first image. Lesson learned. If you look at the finished product, you can see I came up with a clever solution for this.


Your image will now appear to be a light grey. You can leave it like this, which looks perfectly nice, or if you want it a little darker, just color it in with a Sharpie! Don't forget to place a sheet of paper underneath so the ink doesn't bleed through! Just look at that mess I made the first time when I didn't have the sheet of paper!


Color, color, color.

Hmm, now what to do about all those little ink marks? Oh! I know!


Now it's a turkey in the grass! With a cloud over his head! It's an angry turkey in the grass!

The classic Thanksgiving imagery of the brave turkey, angry because of the impending turkey injustice about to take place!

No?

Well, if it's not a new classic, and it's not really a political poultry statement, then at least it's cute!






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23 comments:

keri @ shaken together said...

Turkey injustice ... you seriously crack me up! So creative and clever!!

Marina PĂ©rez said...

amazing, thanks

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

I will try this, thanks! The only fance equipment I have around here is the wax paper. I am going to try it on burlap ")

Karen said...

I like this idea, so creative. I like how you 'fixed' the ink blots with the grass. So clever. xx

craftythriftydecoratingwifemom said...

Clever woman!! And I'm with you about making it easy :-). Nicely done.
Janet

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I love this idea! I could see using the process with kids artwork.

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Fascinating! I have to try this! Your pillow is perfect!

Donna said...

I love this idea as I am not sure I want to invest in a lot of materials for a new project. So I will try it before I buy it. Thanks.

Micki Sellers said...

Do you hear it? The choirs of angels are singing your praises right now! You have literally saved my life... or at least kept me from going stark raving mad as I tried to figure out how to transfer some text on to fabric for dd's halloween costume. She's going as the TARDIS.

Anyway...THANK YOU!

And I'm sure others would appreciate you sharing this on my link party :) http://www.addhousewife.com/2012/09/pin-inspiration-party.html

Diann said...

What a fun tutorial. I might have to give this a try.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Very clever; something I'm definitely going to have to try. Thanks for the great tutorial

Honey at 2805 said...

I do this too, but usually use freezer paper! It's easy and quick! Thank you for sharing your fabulous Fall inspiration and creativity at Potpourri Friday!

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Great idea! And I love your pillow!

Heaven's Walk said...

lol! Cute idea - and loved the way you wrote the tut! :)

xoxo laurie

Laura from Top This Top That said...

thanks for this cute tutorial!

Robin from highpointcircle.blogspot said...

Thanks for sharing your genius! I like the faded image, cause I'm kinda fading too! Happy Fall

Olive Cooper said...

Brilliant. Love the turkey:}

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

This came out great, since you used the sharpie to fix it a little, do you think it would work with color or not?

Debbie Thompson said...

Your pillow looks great! I didn't realize you could use wax paper like that. I wonder if that would work with freezer paper too? I use that for lots of stuff and it's a little heavier weight. I'll have to give your method a try.

Kei said...

Thanks for the tutorial, I definitely need to give this a try!
Your turkey pillow looks fab!

Joy West said...

Love this! will definately try it out. oh...and smudges??? that's why they invented Distressing!!!

Scott said...

Would it be more simple to print it out on a normal bit of paper and trace the image though the fabric?

If you use glass with a light behind it, you will see the image clear.

Monica Heath said...

Could you use a family picture on a quilt top? I would love to make one for each of my grandkids!!