Saturday, May 9, 2009

Make your own inkjet coating for fabric!

Make your own inkjet coating for fabric!

Longtime art buddy Barbara Matthiessen and I are really excited to share a recent discovery. This will be especially interesting to those who print on specialty fabrics and have had trouble finding Bubble Jet Set 2000.

Barbara and I have been working with Earth Safe Finishes products recently, a line of environmentally safe colorants (like an ink or dye), paints, and media. One of the products is a no-VOC (volatile organic compound) fabric medium called Fabric Magic, which can be mixed with the colorants and water, aloe gel, or shaving cream to create fabric inks, dyes, or paints.

Long story short(er): A few drops of Fabric Magic mixed with water, can also be used as an inkjet fixative on fabric!

Barbara has conducted the initial tests on this, since I've been with my mom in the hospital and rehab center, but we'd like to include YOU in a test team, if you're interested.

The first 25 people who respond to this will receive a bottle of Fabric Magic (for the price of shipping) and instructions, so the methodology will be the same throughout the team. When your tests are completed and results are returned, I'll send you a signed mini Threadography as a "thank you." Results will be posted here on my blog.

The goal is to test the Fabric Magic recipe with as many different printers and printer inks as possible to establish the versatility of this technique.

No, neither of us are employees of Earth Safe Finishes. We are just product development specialists in the quilting and craft industries, as well as artists who love to print on fabrics not available commercially coated.

If you're interested, please leave a comment on today's blog entry and we'll get details to you. We are really excited and hope you will be, too!

76 comments:

Splinters and Threads said...

this is so cool! I'm really excited about this and encorporating it with machine embroidery designs. I think the possibilities will be endless! I hope we are supposed to contact here or do I need to send an email also?

Toni Curtis said...

Hi there, I would love to be included as I am also a fiber artist. Toni Curtis

Heidi said...

Hi Beth, this sounds really interesting. I'd love to try it out. It would be nice to find an alternative to the pretreated fabric. Heidi Rand

Dale Anne Potter said...

I would be interested as my bottle of BJS is getting very low...

Debbie in Texas said...

I would love to try this product. I really enjoy printing on fabric. Debbie Alley

Janice Paine-Dawes said...

hi, count me in! i can't afford the packs of sheets right now.

Janet said...

Sounds wonderful! I would love to be a part of this study. Janet Hartje

dianedoodles said...

Hello Beth,
I really would like to try this fixative. I have used BJS for years, but would be happy to find an alternative.
Bless you and your mom...I am living with my mom now caring for her as long as I can. You may remember me...Diane with "Southwest Sunrise".
Best Wishes!

Diane HH said...

I would love to be one of your testers.
Diane HH

Carolyn Abramofsky said...

I also also would like to test this product

Anita said...

Hi—I saw your email on Fabric in Altered Art, and I'd really like to try this. I'm a dollmaker, and I have this idea . . .

Aly The Red-Bliss Monkey Studio said...

I want to test it out! I'm excited to have learned about Earth Safe products (going to their website next)

Colleen said...

Hi! I would love to get in on this! I have experimented with all kinds of fabrics and transfers and printing and I am soooo not happy with any of the results.

Chris from NJ said...

This sounds really interesting and I would love to be included in the experiment. It would be good to be able to print on whatever fabric I choose.
Chris NJ

jennifer said...

wow, this sounds really neat. I would love to give it a try.
queendragonfairie at yahoo.com
thanks jennifer

Wabi said...

I have chemical sensitivities
to many products - would love to
try one of Earth Safe finishes to verify that they will be safe for me to use -- it will expand my ability to create in all media.

HannahMcKinney said...

I'd love to try it. Hannah

Louise in SW Saskatchewan said...

As someone who is extremely sensitive to most chemical due to environmental illness, I would be most interested in trying this product. Especially since my recent work seems to be dictating more and more use of photos on fabric!!

Willa said...

I would be interested in trying this.

I am a watercolor painter with long history of sewing experience.

Currently doing small quilted projects, both decorative and useful.

Thanks.

karen said...

I would LOVE to be included in the test of this product. Thank you so much!

Karen B

Karen Newman Fridy said...

Hi Beth...this sounds really interesting! Sign me up

marion said...

I would be happy to try this! Thanks for the opportunity
marion

inventivesoul said...

I love to transfer images to fabric.
Please count me in.
What is the shipping fee?

teri springer said...

I am interested!!

teri

Treas said...

Ohh and environmentally safe. I would love to try this out w/ some of my hand dyed fabrics. I've been wanting to get your book to learn to play w/ my photos and this sounds like a good time to get it too.

Maria said...

I'd love to try it!

Beth said...

Hey, Beth, I'd love to try this out! Sounds like a great alternative solution!

Beth said...
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Pam said...

Looks like you already have 25 but if for some reason someone changes their mind, I'd like to participate.

katie said...

Wow, what an exciting new product! It looks like I am to late for the testing, but can't wait to hear the results!

Tricia said...

This is a fabulous opportunity! I use photos on fabric for my postcards. Sounds like a great experiment. Thanks for the consideration.
Tricia

Carl6573 said...

I would love to be included in this test.

Carl B

Suzan said...

I'd like to be a tester. I spend a lot of money on fabric that is prepared for printing. I like that is is environmentally friendly. Sign me up!

Jan said...

I would try it too but I am number 31 on the comment list so I think I missed out for the testing.
Jan Aken

Jeanelle said...

Oh
Oh
I want to experiment.
: >
Jeanelle

Julie said...

I would be happy to test. I print photos on fabric to use on quilts. I also dye fabric using MX dyes. I have 2 Epson's; 1 dye, 1 pigment and two Canons; 1 Large format and 1 all-in-one.

queenopearls said...

Hey Beth,
I'm comment #4,567.231 BUT I'd like to know the ratio of Fabric Magic to water you have planned. Sounds like this stuff is not only environmentally sound but more cost effective than Bubble Jet Set and similar items. Also, I am hoping it doesn't change the hand of the fabric.
Peace and give me a shout back won't you?
Christina
queenopearls@yahoo.com

Ann Morrell said...

Know I am too late...but thought I would leave a message anyway...I have an Epson and HP printer so could test on both.I am very familiar with printing on fabric as i do it a lot on my pieces. will be eager to hear where Us late comers" can purchase this stuff.

Angie in AZ said...

Oh boohooo.. I was too late! That's what I get for going to exercise. Now I'm missing out! ;(
I will be interested in finding out results though. But shoot, I really would have loved to be a lucky winner to try this! sigh.....

Sherryl said...

I have an HP that uses Vivera ink... would love to know it would work.

wlstarn said...

Sounds very cool, and anything inexpensive is way cooler.

Jan in AZ said...

Another boo hoo from AZ due to early morning exercise (it's going to be 102 degrees here today). But I'll leave a comment anyway in case people drop out - I teach a lot of photo to fabric classes at a local quilt shop and would love to have the opportunity to try some of this. Hope you share the results when they are in! Jan in AZ

Jo Rice said...

Oooops! I think I'm too late but I'm interested nevertheless. I do a lot of printing on fabric.

Mary in H. Va said...

Oh Beth i am so interested in this!! i am doing a fabric dye run as i type this (well restng between) so anythingthat makes this a safer way to go!!! Please let me know wwhat i can do to help! Also remebr you and your mom are in my thoughts and prayers everyday!!

Joanne said...

This would be a neat product to test here in the woods on Canada.My septic tank might like it.

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

Your product sounds very interesting. I would love to try it because I am always priniting on fabric.
I know, I am late in posting but I am keeping my fingers crossed that I get included in the testing. :)

Patti said...

It looks like you have your 25 but I would still like to try this. How can I get some?

maggi said...

I'm obviously too late to be a tester but I look forward to the results as I currently print direct to PDF fabric - no Bubble Jet, no nothing.

Grandma and Grandpa said...

I would be interested in trying out our new concept. My email in vernalgrandma@hotmail.com. I live in Utah which is a dry climate and I have a LexMark inkjet printer.

kasmello said...

cant wait to see how it works!!

plockh said...

I do fabric printing for art collages, journals and framed art. I would love to be a tester for your product.I am also a strong advocate for earth friendly products so will check out your line.
^^I^^'s,
Patti ~ plockh@msn.com

neolasdaughter said...

well, I can see that I'm way too late but please keep us informed about this. I'd love to test the product but it looks like other beat me to it. I'm on the quiltart list and am looking forward to more reports.

Rosie C. said...

I would love to test your product as well!
rosie

Martys Fiber Musings said...

Not one of the first 25, but I can't wait to hear the results from your test kitchen. I just yesterday found som Bubble Jet and ordered it online...May receive it in 7-9 days. (Ha...I'll be out of the mood by then!)

karenworks said...

I am definitely interested. Thinking of all the possibilities.
Karen

sionwyn said...

this sounds so cool ... are these paints available in Australia?

Bern said...

Hi, I would love to test your inkjet coating! I have just gotten home after visiting my Mum for Mother's Day (I live in Australia where today, 10 May is Mother's Day) and so am late reading your message. From the number of messages left, I am way too late to get a free bottle of Fabric Magic from you, but if you could tell me where to buy it from in the US, then I can order some to be sent over here to try it out. Or, if you sent it to me, I could post you back the cost of the Fabric Magic and the postage to Australia. I have made one memory quilt (which featured 40+ photos printed on fabric) and plan to make more. A photo of the memory quilt that I made is on my blog (which I have not blogged on for a while now ... !!!): http://spoiltdogquilts.blogspot.com/ . Thanks for letting us all know about your experiments. A cheaper way of printing photos on fabric would be just wonderful. I currently use the Matilda's Photo Printing Fabric sheets and they cost me Aus$4 a sheet, very expensive when you make a mistake or use a lot of photos in a quilt! Bern in Caloundra, Australia

Fearlessartist said...

Hi this sounds very interesting. Would it be something that can be applied after printing or would the fabric need to be pretreated?

momid5 said...

I also would be interested...our ETC. group (a branch from our guild) do monthly "adventures" so you would have 8-10 opinions from just 1 meeting.
please consider expanding from the 1st 25..I'm on digest..so receipt is often more than 24 hours after you post.

Debbie said...

I would be interested, even though it's way past the 25. I was offline for the day. If you decide to extend, count me in, please.

Wabbit said...

I'm interested in being included in the test if it's still open.

Glad to hear your mom is better!

Marilyn

Beth Wheeler said...

Hello!

I'm putting details together now. Would you please send your e-mail address to me at muttonhead 2 @ verizon . net?

I'm so excited so many are interested in testing this formula. It is going to be so cool!

craftirn said...

I'm not one of the first 25 and even yesterday we too late, but since you are asking for more comments I would like information on this too. BJS has not worked for me even when I follow the instructions to the letter and my samples made years ago had faded into purple. Yes, I'm ready for something new.

Suzanna said...

What a great mother's day gift. I would love to know the formula. What wonderful things to do with this fabric.

Suzanna

Momma Sue said...

I would love to try your product. I teach a label making class and use computer for labels myself.

Momma Sue said...

I was already too late for the sample. But reading the posts, its amazing and sad to see how many of us have chemical sensitivity.

Mary Ann Littlejohn said...

I'm probably too late for the test, but I'm still interested in when and where we will be able to purchase this product.

HeartFire said...

Well, just saw your post on a photoshop group... would LOVE to experiment with this, so if you happen to expand your testing please count me in or let me know where to get this. Love that it's environmentally friendly, I used to work for EPA and that is SO important, too many noxious materials & chemicals we all use...

Joan Kniffen said...

I would love to be part of the experiment on using a new way of coating fabric for inkjet printing, it looks like you have a lot of interest already.

Joan
www.jakquilblog@blogspot.com

Sewnuts said...

I am very interested in this and would like to know more.

Kelly said...

I have been busy with family this weekend and missed your blog post until this evening. If you are still needing testers, I would love to be invoved. If not, then I will look fward to hearingg the results. Thank you, Kelly

Jill said...

i'm a newbie to printing on fabric, and would love to try out some new products!

California Fiber artist and composer said...

Beth I am another fibre artist who would be interested in trying this especially as I do lots of postcard backs

CandyCB said...

As usual I am behind the eight ball, but I am very interested in what the testers come up with, and am interested in purchasing the product for my own experimentation.

mimi said...

sounds wonderful count me in
mimi mwohlberg@aol.com

Jeff and Daylight Magic said...

Can you do a follow-up Blog on this coating.