I just finished my very first ebook, on my most favorite subject: inkjet printing on fabric. After writing an extensive booklet for the workshops I’ve been teaching, I decided to put it into ebook form so people who can’t come to my workshops could get the same information.
I take you through the entire process to quickly and successfully begin printing fabric on your inkjet printer. You will learn about types of inks, differences between treating fabric yourself or printing on pre-treated fabric, how to prepare fabric for printing, printing the fabric, post-printing treatments, and more.
The information and tips I’ve learned over years of printing on fabric will save you hours of time and much wasted ink and fabric. I have included many illustrations, questions and answers, and trouble-shooting tips.
Illustration: peeling off backing
There’s even a gallery of my original fabric creations to spark your imagination and creativity.
Gallery: butterfly art hanging
There are many books on the market about printing on fabric, but because the technology is moving so quickly, a lot of them are outdated. My guide is up to date, and I will revise it as often as needed to reflect changes in the field of inkjet fabric printing. Also, most of the books give general information that might not apply to your personal printer/ink setup. I tell you how to figure out what kind of inks your printer uses, and I can also answer by email personalized questions about your setup, or other problems you run in to when you print fabric. I also discuss the pretreated fabrics that are available commercially, and share the results of my extensive experimentation with printing using the different inks. In the second edition of the ebook, now available, I added information about using two great products with fabric, inkAID and Golden Paints Digital Grounds (both coatings that make any surface inkjet printable.) I’ve written a lot in this blog about Digital Grounds, and I wanted to expand the book to include these coatings – most appropriate for art fabric uses. I also deemphasized the use of Bubble Jet Set 2000, a liquid solution that is the most common product used by people who want to treat fabric themselves for inkjet printing. BJS contains formaldehyde, and I know a lot of people are concerned about any potential danger. If you’re interested in the subject, the manufacturer addresses the issue in an article (read it by clicking here).
My ebook is in the format of a PDF file, which you can open and print using Adobe Reader. I’m offering it through my etsy shop or lulu.com for $10. Click here for the link to my ebooks section on etsy. If they are sold out and you would like one, please let me know and I will post more copies. Or click here to see a preview and get it through my lulu shop.