Sometime you want to print on paper that is not stiff enough to be fed through your printer: for example on tissue paper. For example when you want to make a large scroll using thin paper. Or to later use the image in a collage. In the photo above you see a detail of my book old lace. The text and the image of the lip stick were both printed onto this paper and then I used white and creme coloured acrylic paints to glue it onto the carrier paper.
There is a rather simple way to do it: choose a piece of paper that does feed through your printer (usual office paper for example). It has to be at least the same width like the paper you want to print onto. Place the tissue paper on top and use masking tape to attach it to the leading front edge only. Then print as usual.
Use the same method to print on pieces of paper or material which would be too small to be fed through your printer: To print on the small pieces of parchment that I used for the nightmare boxes, I first printed the text on usual office paper. Then put a piece of parchment on top. Again attach on the leading front edge only, and print. – Works like a charm!
And if your printer is happy to also take slightly thicker paper (most are) this is also a way to print short grained paper when usually your printer will only take long grained.
Another thing to try with your digital printer is to print on fabric. It does not seem very well known, but you can print with an injet printer onto book fabric and get quite decent results. You can print photos, sketches – anything. You can print on white fabric, but of course also on coloured. That gives a tremendous amount of design possibilities for book covers!
If you are using paper backed, industrial book fabric, chances are that you can feed it through the printer just like it is. If it is slightly floppy, only starched, or backed with too thin paper, then the carrier sheet method is being called for – just like described above.
For the second example above, I used simple fabric attached to a carrier sheet like described above. The transport didn’t work perfectly, and the colour alignment is slightly out of sync. This gives it a screen printed feel which could be appealing if you are looking for it. I disliked it, and would try to pin down the fabric tentatively with a piece of masking tape on one of the side edges, toward the middle – the carrier sheet went through faster than the floppy fabric.
In any case, I hope I got you interested – happy experimenting! And don’t forget to let me know about any results you get 🙂