Thursday, January 24, 2013

How to Make Inkjet Image Transfers with Wax Paper

Here's another way to make an image transfer. Use common wax paper. I began by gluing a piece of wax paper to a normal sheet of inkjet 8.5 x 11 paper as follows:

1) Use spray adhesive and spray one side of the inkjet paper.
2) Cut a piece of wax paper that is larger than the inkjet paper by at least 2 inches.
3) Place the wax paper on the glue side of the inkjet paper. Start on one end and roll over to the other end. Try to avoid bubbles and wrinkles. I was able to lift the wax paper and reposition to remove wrinkles.
4) Use you hand to press down and smooth the wax paper/inkjet paper combination.

The purpose of this inkjet paper/wax paper sandwich is to add some strength to the wax paper so it will process correctly in your inkjet printer.

Once dry, you are ready to make an image transfer. You need the following items:

1) inkjet paper/wax paper sandwich
2) paper to receive image (this can be photo paper, watercolor paper, mixed media paper, etc.)
3) Flat surface for receiving paper

To make your transfer follow these steps:

1) Lay the receiving paper down on the flat surface
2) Load the inkjet paper/wax paper sandwich into the printer
3) Print and image (Print settings should be for inkjet paper - not photo paper)
4) Place the inkjet paper/wax paper sandwich ink face down on the receiving paper
5) Hold tightly with one hand and press down with the other
6) Be sure to rub the whole image area
7) Remove the inkjet paper/wax paper sandwich
8) Admire your transferred image

I really like the look of the transferred image. Why not try different papers and surfaces? Why not layer some images? This is an easy way to create some unique images.