Demonstration: Base Method
Preparing Nonwoven Fabric
Prepare nonwoven fabric for the printer by applying a white matte precoat. If you keep your additions close to the surface, the nonwoven fabric will feed easily through most printers, especially if you use a straight paper path.
Warning: For desktop printers, be sure to use white matte precoat on any variations to the following process, to avoid pizza-wheel tracks.
Step 1. Break the fabric’s surface tension by misting it with soapy water. Then, with a plastic scraper, work a coat of molding paste into the fibers to create a bonding surface for the precoat.
Step 2. Be sure that ridges or peaks don’t exceed the printer's clearance. Press down to remove problem areas. When the surface is thoroughly dry, use a sponge brush to cover it with white matte precoat.
Step 3. Let the surface dry overnight before printing, as in this example of treated and dried polyester.
Warning: This last tip will not work with pizza wheels.
Taken from pages 38 -39, DIGITAL ART STUDIO: TECHNIQUES FOR COMBINING INKJET PRINTING WITH TRADITIONAL ART MATERIALS by Karin Schminke, Dorothy Simpson Krause, and Bonny Pierce Lhotka. Copyright (c) 2004 LSK LLC. Published by Watson-Guptill Publication. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.
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