Well, these past few weeks have been exhausting. I always find myself drained of energy in January, and 2013 has proven NOT to be an exception. I find myself after dinner with little energy to move my body (and I have to move my arms to sew!)….PLUS I took a 48 hour whirlwind trip on a tour bus with 30 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and 20 other adults to Washington, D.C. for Obama’s inauguration….leaving on a Sunday night at 10 PM, sleeping on the bus, walking all around DC the next day and standing on the National Mall for hours waiting for the inauguration…(and yes, I did see Beyonce lip-syncing the National Anthem)…..then there was my birthday, my daughter’s 22nd birthday weekend, a root canal, an infection as a result of the root canal, and a class in using acrylic gel to transfer photos to paper and fabric with my sister…whoa there. No wonder I’ve been exhausted!
But I did try something new, something I have wanted to try for a while. First, I read in an article that there is a product called “Bubble Jet Set 2000” in which you soak fabric, then let dry, then iron the fabric onto freezer paper and print on a computer. Apparently ink-jet printers print water-soluble ink, and this Bubble Jet helps the ink to set on the fabric. So, one day I cut fabric into 8.5 x 11 inch rectangles, washed and dried them and then painted on them, and let them dry overnight
The next day I ironed them and then I soaked them in the Bubble Jet solution for five minutes, then let dry once again overnight. The next day I ironed these painted fabrics onto freezer paper.
I then organized my lists of “Quotes”, and set about to print several different types of text onto the fabric. These are examples of my results:
The second photo is a closer look at one fabric print.
While this was fun, it is time-consuming….i intend to use these quotes in my landscapes and cards. And there was one additional problem….after putting through several freezer-paper-fabric pieces, one last one jammed the printer. I carefully took it out, but kept getting a ‘paper jam’ message on my printer. I opened it, several time, shook it out upside down, went on FixYa web site to see what other solutions were suggested, and used a flashlight on the inner workings of the printer and removed a single thread, reset the printer several times, and finally called Canon Tech Support. The result? My printer may be repairable, but for $75.00 I could buy a new one from Canon…and I did. I will have to see where I can recycle this printer, because it is kaput. Broken. Jammed. Damaged.
Next time I print on fabric, I am using a much simpler printer….and I am also going to be much more careful!