Water Transfers with the Inkjet Printer
Can't deviate from this recipe. I run a controlled experiment lab here (lol),
and believe me, don't waste your time trying deviations; they simply don't
work. If you prove me wrong on the paper, oh please let me know. I tried this process with a Lexmark printer with success. Unfortunately, my C80 Epson has pigmented inks so it doesn't work at all.
You must follow this exactly:
Paper to use: HP 4 X 6 Photo Glossy Paper (I think it comes in a large sized sheet also, but I couldn't find it, ended up buying directly from the HP store site - was reasonable and shipping was minimal)
The photo paper box has a "green" label.
Is 9mm - 10 X 15 cm Item #Q1988a
Inkjet print out (so far this has worked on my HP printer and a friend's Lexmark)
Spritz the face of the graphic or photo.
Spritz the paper or fabric that is receiving the transfer.
Lay the inkjet print out face down on the receiving material and burnish
it. (something to burnish (or rub) with - I use a bone folder)
Peek under the paper to see if it is transferring. It may require more
burnishing. (A good transfer seems to leave no residue on the photo paper)
Here's the downside. It's not always perfect. I've tried it on every
medium I have in the craftroom, some work better than others.
Sometimes the transfer is rather "artsy", but I like that look.
Don't bother getting another kind of HP paper, HP makes very similar packages,
some are sold at discount stores, very reasonably -- but they are not the same - the mm is different - they won't work. I spent $75.00 trying other HP paper.
Fabric, especially Muslin really works nicely, almost every time.
The amount of water used determines the quality. You must experiment - I
print out small graphics on a piece of the photo paper and play with it until I
have a reasonable idea of how much water it takes, usually, it's quite a
bit. BUT, if the "receiving" medium is to wet, you will tear
the paper or get a blurry transfer.
Tag over walnut ink with photo and word transfer (gives an artsy almost antique look to the transfer)
Graphic print out transferred to a small tag.
Fabric Transfer on Muslin
On both paper samples, I have included rubber stamping,
sponged ink and some gold leafing with the Krylon pen.