A really simple technique I picked up to print black and white images on light colored fabric. Can be used to print text or black/grey monochrome images on knits or weaves.

Technique Materials

Light colored fabric
Nail polish remover (the cheap kind, that has acetone or methylene chloride)
Office sized printer/copier with black powdery toner

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    Aug 30, 2011, 12.31 PMby RoniBarr

    OOOOOHH!!! REALLY IMPORTANT! Acetone is flamable, so please dry the garment or fabric before ironing it! 20 minutes should suffice!

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    Aug 27, 2011, 05.56 AMby ta22tarantula

    interesting technique, i tried doing this with acetone (like the kind from hardware stores) and paper a few years ago and for some reason couldn’t get it to work. How well does the print last in washing? acetone smell comes out pretty well right? that stuff is noxious, but this is such a cool technique. thanks!

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      Aug 30, 2011, 12.31 PMby RoniBarr

      The images last really well if pressed with a warm iron.
      The acetone smell comes out in about 15-20 minutes, hung outside. I’ve found that there are acetones in various tinted colors (light blue, light yellow, light pink – G-d knows why!), but some of them do “stain” or slightly discolor the cloth. On a green cloth, I used light yellow acetone. On blues, I use blues. (I did have one light purple that was slightly “colored” by pink acetone. After printing and ironing, I just dunked the whole shirt into the light pink acetone and it evenly colored everything.)

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    Aug 15, 2011, 03.28 PMby runningwithscissors1

    I was wondering how permanent this is. I really appreciate this technique. I have a laser printer and most of the transfer papers out there are for inkjet printers. I will have to give this a try. Thanks!

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      Aug 30, 2011, 12.28 PMby RoniBarr

      After I printed onto the fabric, I give it a bit of heat with my iron to stabilize the image. So far that top’s been through a bunch of washes (in an old machine, on regular settings, no bleach) and it comes out perfect everytime. Never had the ink bleed onto anything else.

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