Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Image transfer to fabric

I've started a few classes and courses recently, and so I've got back to serious playing with textiles and textile mediums.  Great fun!  I have also just published my 4th online textile related class -  Paint on Fabric: Neocolor II & Inktense - on SkillShare to follow up from my Free Motion Class.  Good to keep busy, especially doing things you love!

Today I wanted to chat about my experience with mediums for transferring prints to fabric and the results I have achieved.

So far I have tried two products

Dylon Image Maker  (the link I added was the only place I could find that stocked the tub as the tube runs out quite quickly)
I used images printed out on HP home printer quite successfully, got the paper off easily enough with both products, and then I covered the image (once dry) with a variety of products to seal and protect them, and bring out the colours again.

The Dylon Image Transfer over the image gave it a gloss finish, slightly tacky feeling handle (think leather sofa in summer), actually feels quite a bit like faux leather to touch.  Very crisp and clear, colours very bright

I did accidentally iron off a few spots (oops) - NOTE TO SELF:  don't iron over image, it melts!
Rather iron on the reverse 
The Pebeo matt gel gives a water resistant cover, and it will be washable, but is more matt.  Colours are not as vivid as previous
Fabric slightly stiff with slight waxy feel
Colours more muted

The following image was from a different source:

Most natural feel after application of medium bought from Hilary Beattie shop
Fabric is stiff due to Dylon product, but matt acrylic wax didn't add any stiffness like the first two did
Will need to redo this, with same image as first two, to determine colour clarity & brightness
I like the handle of this one best - personally - no tacky feel 

Then I used the AV vallejo product, but tried it on scrapbooking pages found at Poundland (win!!!!)

I tried this sheet

It was VERY hard to get the paper off once dried, and part of the image came off with my scrubbing

I sealed it with the same AV product

But, then I tried with the Dylon... MUCH easier!  Paper came off with hardly any trouble, image remained crisp & clear, and I coated it with Dylon again

Page used


Those lines you see are just where the Dylon overcoat is not completely dry - patience not really one of my strengths ;)

Saturday, 22 April 2017

New Brother, yes please!

Enter the Love Sewing competition to win a new Brother Innov-is F420 sewing machine worth £599

I adore my Brother machine, and I really appreciate the great service provided by Brother UK, I have driven up Audenshaw to drop my machine off, and been able to take her home the same day, problem sorted!  Alternatively, Brother post her back to me when they need a bit more time, and she always purrs again once home.  

So, what do I say to the chance of winning a new Brother toy? YES PLEASE!

If you would like to enter, hit this link, and hold thumbs!

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Xmas Past

What's behind the Xmas door?

Linen placemats with a Christmas themed image - starting with same letter as person's name, painted on with Inktense -instead of place cards

Using this idea from Pinterest, I made these, with holly from our garden!

Monday, 12 December 2016

Inktense on fabric

A visiting South African friend gave me a beautiful wire, beaded hoopoe as a gift, which I popped in the downstairs bathroom.  Then I went about switching art around in the house, and now the bathroom is distinctly bird flavoured ;)

I have been meaning to put up a roman blind in there, and due to the avian theme, I decided on a bird blind.

I chose a lilac breasted roller, a gorgeous bird you always see in game parks, and I always think of as a quintessentially african bush bird.  Foregoing the machine this time, I got out my Inktense.

I drew the bird onto the heavy weight calico using my usual Frixion / Signo pens, it wouldn't matter if they left a shadow as I would be painting over them.  I had to do a check first to be sure that the textile medium I use to set the Inktense on fabric would not also set the removable marker.

I drew on fabric
Covered the writing completely with Inktense mixed with textile medium
Let it dry
Ironed to remove the underlying writing...

No problem, it can be removed from under Inktense and Textile Medium Mix!

Some shots along the way, with the obligatory kitty onlookers....

with and without flash 

 Next to sew up the blind!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Online Class FME

I've just finished my first SkillShare class - beginner FME
You can find it here

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Be Creatively

Joined this FB group to inspire me to record more of what I do.  And, as an excuse to procrastinate on sorting and tidying the final room after our move up to the beautiful Midlands ;)

The latest colour prompt....

As my mother and I have been discussing artworks featuring hares, I immediately saw a hare in this palette.  And of course some FME had to feature :)

He is stitched using FME, the blobs of organza and rayon were added next, and then a splash of Inktense mixed with textile medium.  Poetic licence on his eye colour to fit the palette, and because my little Toby Ragdoll was sitting on the table next to me.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Grindr Gifts

For that special friend....
Just needs a frame 

If you don't have a clue, google 'Grindr'
It is a pressie for a very special friend in Berlin, die Schwule Stadt :)

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Frenchman in glasses

Remember my French Bulldog sporting reading glasses?

I am busy reworking him onto the flap of a messenger bag...

He is done in free motion embroidery with Neocolor and textile medium so that he is washable.

Watch this space for the finished item....