I have an odd thing about buckets. Zinc, enamel, tin... I'm not picky. Pretty much, if it's an old bucket, I'm drawn to it. I know, I'm weird. Don't even get me started on farm tables.
Well, I decided that it's time to do something with all these cute buckets. I ran across a wax paper transfer tutorial HERE not long ago and thought I'd give it a try.
I grabbed an image from Graphics Fairy, used some double-stick tape to attach it to a piece of paper and ran it through the printer.
The tutorial that I was using says to mist the surface with water. I misted more than I probably should have because the ink ran a bit. But overall it worked pretty well.
I did find however that the ink rubs off easily so I sprayed on a clear glaze finish and that did the trick. After a few buckets, I found myself wondering if the tutorial was right and the same process would work on fabric.
As it turns out, the process does indeed work on fabric. BUT the ink easily smudges after it's dry. Since I was using very old grain sacks and not a fabric that would be worn or touching skin, I just gave it a light spray of the same glaze and voila, no more smudges. In the past, when I have printed directly on fabric the ink runs if it gets wet. I've heard that there really isn't a good way to prepare fabric for non-pigment ink.
I know it's lame to admit how uninformed I am but I have to ask you... Do you know a better way to print directly on fabric (not using fabric transfers)? And are there pigment ink cartridges for regular inkjet printers?