MJ Image Transfer using lacquer thinner

29 Aug 2012

Category: Art Lesson Plans, Design, Fashion

Today would have been Michael’s 54th birthday…
I constantly need to remind myself that I should be thankful for his life (and I am), and not mourn his passing.. but I still miss him and the world just isn’t as good, as it was with him in it. It just isn’t.

MJ-TEE-PRINT-TRANSFER

MJ-TEE-PRINT-TRANSFER

So here are a few T-shirts I made a couple of days ago to celebrate MJ and to celebrate the end of Winter!!! Hooorah!

MJ-TEE-PRINT-TRANSFER

MJ-TEE-PRINT-TRANSFER

It’s such a simple technique that anyone could do it. All you need is a Tee (I got mine from Supre- much better quality than Cotton On and cheaper, not to mention the funkier colours, than Target)
some lacquer thinner and a photocopy of the picture you want to transfer.
It has to be from a photocopier not an ink jet print and make sure it’s dark. Light pictures won’t work.

MJ-TEE-PRINT-TRANSFER

Place your photocopied picture face down on your fabric, tape down to the fabric and table using masking tape so it doesn’t move. Use a cotton bud to rub lacquer thinner over the back of the paper until it’s translucent and you can see the picture (do a small section at a time). Then grab a metal spoon and using the edge of the spoon, rub as hard as you can making sure not to miss any sections. Lift up a little section of the paper at a time to see if it’s transferred. If not, keep rubbing!! ***WARNING*** Do this in a well ventilated area or outside! Lacquer thinner is toxic – I did this wearing a fume mask and I was outside too. Still got a headache!

Voila! No yucky iron on transfers that ruin t-shirts with that plasticy film! Apparently this method allows you to wash your garments normally too! How brilliant.

Happy Birthday Michael! xxx