Printing On Fabric

This is a new technique that I’m chasing down. It’s essentially a clear “primer” that you can use to coat surfaces with so that they will accept printing from a digital inkjet printer. I made a greeting card with a fabric from the Cloud 9 collection as an inset. I’ve just started fiddling with this technique and I will post more about it in the future as the projects roll out of my studio.

I brushed the digital ground (clear gloss) made by Golden in horizontal strokes on the fabric.

When it dried, I applied another coat using vertical strokes. When the fabric was dry, I pressed it with an iron on a cotton setting to flatten it out.

You can’t feed fabric through your printer, so you need what’s called a “carrier”. I used a piece of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock. Tape the fabric to the carrier using low tack tape – one strip on the top, and one on the side. Place in your printer as shown with the tape toward the feed rollers. Print using standard print settings.

Golden also makes a digital ground for non-porous surfaces – I played with that a little bit as well. There are a lot of possibilities, and I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface – stayed tuned!


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9 Responses to Printing On Fabric

  1. Heidi Rand says:

    Very nice! I like that you used patterned fabric, and the image you printed really worked great with the fabric, with the clear strong lines. I love using Digital Grounds on fabric and other surfaces, but have mostly used it on light non-patterned backgrounds — you’ve inspired me!

  2. Tina says:

    Heidi – The pattern was small and subtle enough to work, but I’m thinking that larger prints would be interesting as well. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!!!

  3. Lori says:

    Looks familiar…

  4. Tina says:

    Is today the 25th?

  5. Lori says:

    Somewhere I’m sure.

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