Sunday, May 16, 2010

Digital Collage Printing

I use a lot of ink jet prepared fabrics for my work. I purchase this in large rolls from inkjet fabrics.com (here). This way, I can cut the yardage to the desired size to print. This works out very economically and is less expensive than buying sheets. I do end up with a variety of different size scraps though. I have figured out a couple ways of using these bits.






You can fuse them to paper or cloth and print this as a collage that is ready to work on.







Or you can temporarily tape bits to a carrier sheet, remove and fuse these to a work in progress.




Carrier sheets can be as simple as a sheet of paper, freezer paper or even a flexible cutting board.

Try different things to see what you and your printer like best.
I like the effect of combining the different fabric textures in a single work.

I used this technique on Coming Back, now at the PSAQA's ARTQUILTS Illuminations exhibit in Durham, NC. It can be found on my website in the Digital Fiber Art Gallery.

5 comments:

Connie Rose said...

What a cool idea, Wen! I often have unprinted pieces left over from other digital prints and this is a great way to use them up!

Robbie said...

Great tip! I just used a quarter of a piece of fabric to print out a label but I love the idea of using the scraps! Never thought of that! Thanks for sharing!

EmPrint said...

Looks like a nice printer. Epson, I presume as I see your occasional comments on the Epson list.

EmPrint said...

Looks like a nice printer. Epson, I presume. I see your occasional comments on the Epson List.

CathyH said...

This is very cool. Never tried printing fabrics before.

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