Week 8./ Thermochromic ink transfer

Thermochromic ink transfer
Thermochromic ink can change from colourless to colourful or colourful to colourless very quickly with temperature

” Thermochromic inks or dyes are temperature sensitive compounds, developed in the 1970s, that temporarily change color with exposure to heat. They come in two forms, liquid crystals and leuco dyes.”

Material needed:
Thermochromic Pigment Powder
– Container
– Paintbrush
– Acrylic Paint
Acrylic transparent gloss medium
– Fabric (Light coloured)
– Silkscreen set

– Mix equal amount of acrylic transparent gloss medium and thermochromic pigment powder in a container
– Apply the mixture onto the fabric with silkscreen or brush
– Wait for the paint to naturally dry
– Apply heat on fabric to see results

Process photos

Challenges, learning points and application

I find thermochromic ink transfer one of the most cool and fascinating technique. It is also one of the simpler techniques. If there were one thing difficult, that would be applying the paint evenly with the silkscreen set. Overall, thermochromatic ink transfer can produce captivating results and I am glad that I am able to try it out in class!

Week 4. /Creating Unconventional Fabrics

Creating Unconventional Fabrics
Fusing threads and plastic to create fabric

Fusing threads

Material needed:
– Water soluble stabilizer
– Threads, yarns, fabric strips, trimmings
– Sewing machine

– Place the threads in any order you would like on half side of a water-soluble stabilizer
– Fold the water-soluble stabilizer and sandwich the threads in between
– Secure the threads with pearl pins
– Stitch the threads together on a sewing machine
– Wash it with warm water

Placing the threads in random or organized order

Unable to decide what my final theme for my final project would be, I tried using different coloured and types of cloth, yarns and threads. Hopefully, as time passes and I get to learn more new techniques, the color of my work would be more consistent and linked to my final project theme.

Securing the fabric and stitching them together

Mistakes and Challenges

On my first attempt exploring the sewing machine, I find it hard to remember the numerous steps to connect the threads, what to switch on or turn before starting.  I screwed up plenty of times either forgetting to push down the pressure foot or getting the threads tangled and jamming the machine. With more practices, I became more and more used to the consistent movement of pushing down the pressure foot, connecting the threads and turning the needle down whenever I want to rotate the piece. What I find the hardest about the sewing machine is controlling the speed and direction. However, I’m sure with more practices comes improvement and eventually perfection.

Revealing the final outcome

Here comes the most satisfying part of this technique~ Can’t wait to see the results!

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Learning points and application

All in all, I feel that the fusing thread technique gives really amazing and surprising results and could be applied to make many beautiful things such as wallets, pencil cases, dress, lamp shade cover and this list continues. I quite like this technique, but I would say that this would not be my favorite technique because I prefer to have control and be able to visualize what the end result would turn out to be.


 Fusing plastics

Material needed:
– Iron
– Plastic Bags
– Scissors
– Baking Paper

– Cut and place the plastic in any order you would like on a piece of baking paper
– Place another piece of baking paper above
– Iron over the paper and constantly check to avoid overheating. 

First design


Final outcome

Learning points and application

I feel that this technique, similar to the fusing thread technique, could give a very web-ish or lacy kind of look at the end. It also depends on how much layers of threads or plastic you put. I personally like the web-ish kind of look more because they cast beautiful shadows. If I were to use this technique, I would probably make a lamp shade cover. However, like I mentioned earlier on, I prefer being able to control and visualize what the end result would be. I feel that this technique, compared to the fusing plastic technique is even more uncontrollable and unpredictable. 

As always, looking forward to learn new techniques~ Thanks for reading~

Week 1. /Transfer Printing

Transfer printing
Images transferred through heat and pressure

Type of fabric: Polyester Satin

2 Methods:

  • Dry Transfer:
    1. Draw with Fabric crayons on a piece of paper
    2. Place the paper facing downwards on the fabric
    3. Place a piece of tracing paper on top to avoid Ink damaging the Iron
    4. Iron over the paper for approximately a minute, constantly check to avoid overheating. 
  • Wet Transfer:
    1. Paint with Transprint Inks on a piece of paper
    2. Place the paper facing downwards on the fabric
    3. Place a piece of tracing paper on top to avoid Ink damaging the Iron
    4. Iron over the paper for approximately a minute, constantly check to avoid overheating.

Series of initial paint and crayon drawings

Process of Ironing & heat transfer


It was pretty disastrous that this happened while I was trying to make a cape from the 1m long cloth for Chinese New Year. The result of leaving the iron there for too long at the highest temperature and not noticing that the cloth has melted. Fortunately, the tracing paper saved my ironing plate. In the end, I decided to tear all of the fabric into small square handkerchiefs. There goes my DIY new year cape. It’s cool. At least I’ve learned my lesson.


Final Outcome


Learning points & Application:

 I find transfer print an easy, fun and fast way to create and transfer pattern designs on a fabric. Apart from trying not to overheat the cloth, one thing I have learned about this technique is to try to overlap more abstract paintings to create nicer patterns. 

Overlapping to create a pattern
Overlapping to create a pattern

The color tends to fade away when I ironed over and over again so maybe I could have paint more pieces of paper using the same technique and color if I were to create a huge piece of cloth with pattern. If possible, (monetary and time wise) I would buy the transprint paint someday and DIY my own cape, clothes or even dress. 

Looking forward to learn more new techniques in the surface design!