Monday, February 22, 2010

image transfer

heat transfer on cotton, framed with antique cotton and indigo dyed silk, the image is from a vintage post card, heat transfer on tin foil, (vintage post card)

It's been a while since I've done photo transfers, but just last week I taught the heat transfer method in my art quilting class. The papers have become more accessible since the 90's and they are user friendly for anyone with basic photo shop skills and an ink jet printer. heat transfer on cotton, the photograph cropped, enlarged, inverted, flipped, colour enhanced etc

The above samples were made before or during the class. I wonder if I can use this method in some real work.

using indigo?

What if?


  1. you know my answer to that.

  2. cool, all, but I esp. like the trees, too.

  3. the transfer looks really cool on the indigo...I like all the images

  4. Lovely trees, especially on indigo. Have you tried treating indigo fabric with 'bubblejet set' and running it through the printer? It doesn't affect the handle of the fabric and makes the images more integrated. A couple of years ago I printed photos of Henry Moore sculptures on indigo.

    You've reminded me how much I liked the technique- must revisit it!

  5. Margart, thanks for the tip about bubble jet set. I shall try it. I have a huge bottle of the stuff, but have wondered about the necessity of it and if it does improve the hand of the cloth.

    Loved your images of Henry Moore on fabric by the way.

    And about the trees - this is a fairly large piece of fabric. Using the photos this way is like painting - or piecing.

  6. Hi Judy, how did you do the transfer on tinfoil? love your trees.

  7. caterina, a better question might be why? did I do the transfer on tinfoil.

    I want to make transfers onto metal foil, and am thinking of using a copper shim as a backing.
    I used the tinfoil as a sample for class to see if it would work.

    You just use the same method as for cloth. Flip your image in the computer, trim away all extra paper before heating. place face down on the foil (either side, matt or shiny) cover with a piece of copy paper at first and iron very vigoursly (hot and heavy) for about a minute. take away the copy paper, iron without it to flatten the foil. Then remove the transfer in one motion.

    It may bubble in places, but it will settle down and read very well. It should work for any metal - but I have not tried anything else but tin foil myself . YET.

  8. Just to clarify on my last comment above.

    The transfers are ink jet t shirt transfers available in office supply stores.

    The copy paper I refer to is plain white paper.


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