Wax Paper Transfers

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?


  1. Love that bag. What kind of shop did you find waxpaper?

    Hugs Bente

  2. Polly to print to fabric from your printer and have the ink be permanent you must use a Laser Printer NOT inkjet. Laser Printers use a type of heat to embed the ink and Inkjet printers just lay the ink on ...and it will run like crazy once it's wet and it will wash out. There is a stuff called Bubble Jet for inkjet printers ..it works to make the images permeanent but it's pricey in the sense how much it takes per item and how time consuming it is ..

  3. You can buy paper for your printer that irons onto fabric. It's great and totally washable. Go to www.junetailor.com

  4. You use a reg. ink jet printer too, BTW.

  5. Don't know the answers to your questions...but I love the bag!

  6. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!! I can't wait to try it!

  7. Go to any office supply store and they will help you find transfer paper to use with your printer.

    LOVE your bag AND your bucket- xo Diana

  8. Hi Polly I too was looking and found this idea....simple and inexpensive...


  9. I love the sap bucket! I've got one that I've been wondering what to do with so I'm going to have to give this a try! I'm a new blogger. Hope you'll hop over to my blog and check it out!

  10. Hi Polly ~

    Love your new creations, as always beautiful work!

    Ciao bella,

  11. I've used the fabric you can put in the ink jet printer, it's kind of expensive but it does work. I have also been told butcher paper makes a good iron on. How, I have no idea! I love this bag! Are you selling them??????xoxoxo-cindy

  12. You need an inkjet printer that uses pigment-based inks. Epsons Durabrite inks are great: permanent on fabric and do not fade in light. You can also precoat the paper with materials by Golden Paint. Gloria Hansen's website is a good source for up to date information.http://www.gloriahansen.com/articles.php

  13. There is a spray that makes your fabric water resistant that keeps it from smudging if getting wet.


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