I have been thinking about ways to transfer images to canvas for some time now. Today I actually had time to “play”. n this first project I used paper napkins. I am happy to say that printing on napkins is possible and not that hard.
All you need is:
- laser printer
- decoupage glue
- a brush
- tape and A4 paper
- big white napkin, 3 layers
- nice photo
- patience, as always 🙂
To print on napkin you first need to unfold it and iron it (no steam). You need to make the folding lines disappear. If you don’t, your printed napkin will not print correctly.
Take an A4 paper. Cut your napkin a little smaller than the A4 paper. Place your napkin (all layers still attached, try to keep them together) and tape it to the A4 paper.
!! Before you print, place a marked A4 paper in the printer tray and print a test. This way you will know how to feed your A4 napkin. After all that work, you don’t want to print on the wrong side.
You need to adjust your photo before you print. You need to saturate and increase the contrast of the photo. It may not look so good on screen, but trust me; you will loose color and contrast when you print.
Feed your napkin page in the printer. Pray it doesn’t jam the printer. After you have your printed napkin, you are done… kidding :-). No yet, but almost.
After you separate the top layer of the napkin (printed layer), you should try to iron it again. Use low setting and no steam, in order not to make the toner decide to run away and hide. Try to get rid of any lines. You can see why in my finished work why.
Take your canvas and, with a brush, spread a layer of decoupage glue (of your choice). Carefully place the napkin on top of the canvas. Try not to make any creases when you place it, or for that matter, tare it.
For best results, your print should be big enough to cover the edges as well. If you manage that, you will not even need to frame the picture.
After the napkin is securely glued to the canvas, paint a top layer of decoupage glue. Try to get rid of all air bubbles. If the glue starts to dry, stop painting or the brush will stick to the napkin and you will have to start all over again.
Leave it to dry over night or take a hair dryer and dry for 10 minutes.
You should give your canvas a top layer for protection, mat, or glossy, your choice. I used an alcohol-based top coat.
My photo selection was not the best. I will definitely try again with a better photo, but I had fun and I learned a lot. Perfect idea for a Christmas gift, don’t you think?