I'm here today with a project I started on Sunday.
This is the actual cup I steeped the Lipton tea in on Tuesday. For some reason, I thought I had taken photos of when I first wrapped the WHITE bed sheet before I added it to the hot tea. However, it looks like this is the first photo I took, which is after I removed the tea stained fabric from the cup.
Wow, I should NOT have tried to photograph this on my work table, because it was still dripping wet.
I wasn't very impressed with the results after the fabric had dried.
Although there are a few marks left from the rubber band, for the most part, this fabric will need to be overdyed.
But I was on a mission to use some of this fabric, so I tore a strip and printed some bees using my new laser printer. Note the CitraSolv and foam brush, too.
I turned the bee images toward the fabric and secured the paper to the fabric with low tack tape.
I poured a small amount of CitraSolv into the lid of the cleaner.
I brushed the CitraSolv onto the page of bees. I knew I had enough when I could see the bees clearly through the paper.
Next it was time to rub the images and transfer the ink to the fabric. Some people use spoons, but I can hold these scissors better, so that is what I used.
I rubbed and rubbed and rubbed until I thought my hand would fall off (OK, slight exaggeration, but it was a LONG time).
And NOTHING. Not only was my tea dye less than successful, I wasn't able to transfer these bees to the fabric. I know I did something wrong, but for the life of me, I have no idea what. I know I used a toner based laser print and rubbed like crazy. I will try this again, using different images. Sadly, my Second Thursday Tutorial for March was a flop from beginning to end.
Thanks for joining me as I experiment and ask "what if?"
UPDATE: Several have asked about the paper and the toner. Here are a couple of places I used.
First I went here:
https://www.citrasolv.com/artist-site/ This is where I learned about it, but now it appears the site is down.
Then I found this tutorial: http://www.instructables.com/id/Fabric-Printing-with-Citra-Solv/
The author of this tutorial states you must use copies that use CARBON BASED TONER. Not sure what my toner is, but this may be why I can't make this transfer. Also, apparently the WEAVE of the fabric makes a difference, too. I used an old bed sheet that I tea dyed. I'm sure it is a very loose weave, but it's so old and the tag is long gone that tells what the thread count is.
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