Friday, April 15, 2011

fabric transfer

posted a video about Citra-Solv (HERE's her post)
and that got me started on the following odyssey:

trip to the hardware store 
(no citra-solv)
trip to the health food store 
(found it!)
altering magazine photos
finding a how-to for transferring photos to fabric
(HERE's the link)
a trip to the copy center
an attempt at transferring photocopy onto fabric
(wrong kind of photocopy machine)
another trip to a different copy center
transferring a photocopy onto fabric
and all the while hoping my brain cells are still ok after breathing the stuff
(it says "all natural," but it IS a solvent)

this is what I photocopied
(my watercolor from last week)

whoa ... this looks really different!
it's much softer much foggier much fainter and much more muted

the fabric I used is muslin

I will be adding some hand stitching
(I'll post pictures of that too)

do you think you might try it?


Lynn said...

It is so pretty and so is your banner piece!
Yes, I will try it...have done somethings like this on fabric/photos/transferring but not exactly. your painting looks terrific this way. Can't wait to see the hand stitches.

Steph said...

oh yeah!! I'd love to do this one Kimmie...thanks for sharing....

Relyn said...

Thanks so much for following ELK over to my blog and leaving a comment. I am so glad to have had the chance to come here and meet you and see your beautiful art.

sukipoet said...

gosh it came out gorgeous and you are persistant for sure. I actually use citra-solve to clean with so have some on hand but doubt I will try this if it takes all these trips. I have yet to make a successful transfer of any kind.

ELK said...

so very beautiful Kimmie ..I will enjoy your art always!!

ELK said...

ps love your header!!

*jean* said...

ooo i especially love the blues!! it turned out really lovely...and your header, does this mean the bundle has been unwrapped??? xo, betty

Suz said...

Just came by way of jean's. You do beautiful work!


Nancy said...

That turned out amazing :) I love the close-ups, they are so clearly printed! Stitching on it would be great too! Nicely done, I'm off to read the post.
Hey, thanks for the nice comment :)

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

This came out pretty amazing, and you used a colored copy. Citri-solv does take grease off my husband's bike chain, so it is pretty powerful stuff, good adivce about not breathing it in. Can't wait to see how this looks with stitching. xox Corrine

Jill said...

I belong to a yahoo fabric transfer group and keep reading about all the techniques...have yet to try any of them! This is neat!

Lynette said...

I wish there were more hours in a day to enjoy blogs such as yours. Beautiful work!! Thanks for sharing your adventures:)

ooglebloops said...

Too many trips - too far out in the boonies!!LOL I see a new quilt coming out of this process, eh?

lynda Howells said...

have all l need...will try and do some tomorrow and let you know how it goesxxlynds

Yvonne said...

Very nice. I will hvae to check out her video on this. I have not found CS yet, but will check the health food store. Love what you are doing here.

Gayle said...

truly beautiful, love the softness, it is dream like. Look forward to see what more you do to it.

Halle said...

Beautiful! I bet the hand stitching will make this a breath taking piece of pressure. :)

Amy said...

me and solvents aren't friends.

i love
transfers onto muslin, but

i am seriously not friends with solvents.

I will be pretty darn pleased to see the stitching on this finished piece. I like the transfer now, I'll LOVE it with stitching!!

Teri said...

Can't wait to get to my new house, unpack all my art supplies, and start playing. This is so nice, Kimmie. I can see it made into a pillow, framed as art, and many other uses too (maybe even as the flap on a hand-made purse...I love doing this and making an absolutely unique purse).

~*~Patty S said...

fantastic results Kimmie
your process made me smile...the things we do when we get an idea and MUST see it to the end...SO worth it...I certainly would like to try that some time...thank you for the inspiration and the links

it was thanks to Jean and Halle recently that I just bought a new bottle of that smelly wonder stuff ;)


deb did it said...

of course! I am inspired

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I love the soft effect from the transfer, but I won't be trying the copier or the citra-solve any time soon. Love how you made it work, though.

McIrish Annie said...

Ilove how this came out! will definitely give this a try. FYI, you might want to try fabric prepared for dyeing (PFD) which is very white and a very tight weave. you might get a different, maybe clearer effect.

this did come out beautiful!

S. Etole said...

really like the muted effect ...

Trudi Sissons - Two Dresses Studio said...

I will never ever think of security envelopes in the same way ever again! Your work is amazing and I adore both your water color and your citra solv transfer! All just beautiful work - I'm going to have to come back more often!! I am in the midst of navigating around the world of 'transfers' - it looks like you've mastered many!

julie king said...

i'm so pleased with the way this looks -- all the softness and muted loveliness. just wonderful!