February 17, 2020 at 2:48 pm #100008308
I’ve been asked this question a few times so I thought it best to post my reply here…
Watched an interesting YouTube video this morning showing pattern transfer of picture printed from inkjet printer. Done by Dave Rhoten (Newsletter #230 Inkjet Transfer), a sign maker. Image is printed on Reynolds Freezer Paper (on shiny side) then he transfers to wood using back of a wooden spoon. Turned out very well. I can foresee a potential problem using basswood since rubbing too hard would leave impressions in the wood. Wondering if you have heard of or tried this technique.
Yes, I’ve seen a few videos on using this method and know of one relief carver who uses this method
When I was researching to decide what method to suggest as easiest to use, I did try this method and found it a bit tricky
It might have been my ink jet printer I was using or the release paper, but I ruled it out and eventually settled on the Patter Transfer Tool
One other point I’m not too sure about is removing any left over pattern lines.
I think the ink will bleed into the wood and be hard to remove. That’s my best guess 🙂May 16, 2020 at 8:52 am #100012505Norbert RiediParticipant
Having Adobe’s Illustrator App on my computer anyway, I design all my patterns in this app. The printout is on a Laserprinter. I glue the paper directly on the wood with a water-soluble gluestick. The grainflow I can always check on the board’s flipside—if I can’t see it on the carving side anyways. After finishing I remove all paper’s and glue stick’s residues with a warm humid towel. Sure the board cups with this treatment. But that’s just until the next day. If all is dry again the board is a flat as before.
Removing residues with humidity is also the reason not to take inkjet printouts! Inkjet ink is water-soluble. It bleeds into the wood.May 16, 2020 at 8:12 pm #100012516
thanks for sharing your thoughts, Norbert! Good insights.March 4, 2021 at 8:10 pm #100014777Julie PrattParticipant
I have an inkjet printer. I was able to transfer the pattern on to the back of on of my practice boards. I tried both the shiny side of a label sheet and a light weight plastic divider. I think it just needs to be something that won’t absorb the ink. However, it was not a crisp line. It was actually worse on the lines that went across the grain. It seemed to bleed into the wood. Also, I was not able to remove the lines with the sand eraser.March 4, 2021 at 8:44 pm #100014778
Good insights into this pattern application method, Julie.
What you experienced is the very reason why I chose the Pattern Transfer Tool as the best and easiest way to apply patterns.
Thanks for sharing!!
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