Sunday, 28 November 2010
More on Inkaid
I have been asked what inkaid is. This is a product that you coat paper & fabric with to aid the quality of the image when using an inkjet printer.
Maggie Grey has a section in her book Mixed Media - new studio techniques that also shows the use of inkaid with colouring materials.
Ha have beaten blogger by making a collage, I know its not as clear as individual images but I will explain
Starrting at the top of the picture on the left
1. This is a dark blue metallic card. The whit is the inkaid splashed all over, the edge shows some colour as I used this card as a carrier for a piece of tracing paper that was too small
2 I have a large circle stencil from http://www.craftynotions.com/ I painted the inkaid through part of the stencil onto black card & black fabric & Lutradur. You can see the white at the top. I used the white matt, but I also used the cler inkaid & found that just as good except of course you cant see it in pictures!! lol
At the right hand side is yellow mica spray
3 This is the tracing paper mentioned before
4 Below the tracing paper is white 70 Lutradur, covered all over with 3 different types of Inkaid, looks no different in real life.
5 Below the Lutradur is Evolon. I painted swirls & dots & dashes, You can really see the marks, this was white Evolon & this really shows how the printer ink looks on untreated fabric & treated
The large picture shows the stencil from the back side, dont want to waste any of the product as it is quite expensive. I bought my 3 bottles from http://www.artvango.co.uk/. But it can be bought from http://www.inkaid.com/ I am sorry but I dont know of other suppliers in USA & Australia / New Zealand or on the Continent. If any one does could they please leave a comment or email me & I can update this with contacts.
I am very impressed with this product, as I have been printing onto fabric since 1999. I used to spray my fabric afterwards with fixative, used for fixing pastels to paper. But it is very smelly & expensive. I have an old Epson printer & these images were printed using compatabile inks.
When I studied for the A level in Photography I only used Epsom inks to print. I found that the ink did not wash out of the fabric with these inks. Maybe I was lucky, maybe the ink 'stuck' to the dressing in the fabric but when I gently washed it it did not wash out!! I would rather use the inkaid now
There is another product that Maggie Grey recommends called GOLDEN DIGITAL GROUND - I have not used this (yet) so cant comment. There is more information on Maggies site, click on this for the link, I have only just started using this & it has been around for 2 to 3 years now. In fact I did use it about 2 years, I borrowed it from one of my C & G students, but didnt experiment any further & the papers have sat around in the studio waiting to be liberated!!
I hope that you have found this interesting
I have done further experiments which I will return to at a later stage. All I need to do now is to make the pieces into something.
By the way the image I used is on this blog & is my image on my FACEBOOK page. This is a MARKMAKING exercise, coloured & manipulated. I prefer to use one image to get a judgeable result.
Let me know if you have any further comments or advice on Inkaid or a reference to another blog, lets all play ANGEL TECHNIQUES....(as Christmas pressies to each other :-)