Week 1 & 2 Prints on fabric

The technique we learnt this week is transfer printing. This technique allows an image being transferred onto fabric, wood or other surface by heat and pressure.

It is quite easy to work on as it doesn’t need a complicated equipment and it can create complex or flexible images that you want. It is also a high quality printing! However, it has the limitation onto which types of fabrics to transfer.

Printing Demo in class






Dry transfer
Materials: Paper, fabric crayon, baking paper and polyester satin fabric
How does it work?
The process is so easy to learn! First, you just need to draw out the images you want. Transfer it on polyester satin fabric by putting a layer of baking paper and iron it uniformly!
Final outcome:

Wet transfer
Materials: Paper, special fabric paint, brush, baking paper and polyester satin fabric
How does it work?
This method is similar to dry transfer which you can produce a design on paper. The design will be transferred to the polyester satin fabric carefully regulated contact pressure. The dye transfers by diffusion through the aqueous medium. The fabric paint is hard to get as it is expensivecry

Final Outcome:
I found that the color will fade after I did a few times of transferring! But it is also the effect I wanted so that it wouldn’t look like too heavy because of the solid color.

Dry and wet technique combined
At first, I using wet transfer method to transfer the images repeatedly. The background has been generated quite creatively after that I added one layer on top with the image drawn by the fabric crayon. The method combines two technique together is able to create a narrative image and I really like it.

Final Outcome (Attempt 1)

Final Outcome (Attempt 2)
During the process, I accidentally placed the iron too long on the fabric but the effect came out did surprise me. As you can see for the bottom left part, the texture of the iron has been transferred on the surface also.

Digital print transfer
Materials: Printed design, transfer material(fabric, wood etc.), TTC 3.1, CPM 6.2
How does it work?

To achieve this technique is actually quite easy and interesting. The outcomes always surprise me! I never expected that the printing will look good as it is hand-painted by us and there will be some flaws and imperfections. However, this is the good way to show our personal style and getting to know all ours characteristic in a short time. We can produce our unique product, for instance, the wallets, handbags and also pencil cases! I really enjoy having fun with this technique!