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learn the basics of printing your images onto fabric
Register for the Inked Cloth class
This class is self-paced and registration is ongoing.
Transform your photos, sketches, and images into
stunning digital art cloth!
As a digital textile artist, I explore my world through the lens of a camera to capture images that can be digitally manipulated and then printed onto fabric. This digital art cloth then becomes the focus of my textile and fabric art, and can be further stitched and embellished.
If you would love to create stitched art from printed images that are beautiful in color and quality, join me in this comprehensive workshop. We’ll take a fun and exciting journey to explore not only the basic process I use, but also some unusual and intriguing techniques for printing artist-quality photos and images onto cloth using Digital Grounds or Inkaid and an inkjet printer.
What exactly is Digital Grounds and Inkaid?
Digital Grounds and Inkaid are two different brands of products that are used for the same purpose. They are liquid surface treatments that can be painted onto any flat surface – including fabric, to provide a surface finish that enhances the color and clarity of an inkjet printed image. This results in an image quality that is vibrant and intense in color and clarity, and which can’t be achieved through the normal process of printing directly onto fabric.
Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is for anyone wanting to learn how to print their digital images and artwork onto fabric to produce artist-quality fabric prints.
What You’ll Learn
Use your own images and photos, or choose images from the included resource library, and learn the basics of printing them onto fabric using a standard home inkjet printer. Learn how to touch up photos to remove scratches, spots or other imperfections using Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, and learn how to resize images and photos in preparation for printing. Discover the best types of fabric to print on, how to make your fabric prints permanent and washable, and how to get the best possible color quality. Plus lots more helpful information, resources and tips.
This comprehensive workshop explores many creative ways to use Digital Grounds or Inkaid on plain and textured fabric. During this workshop you’ll learn how to prepare and test fabrics so that you will get the best possible printed image on any type of fabric, and you’ll also learn how to create unique printable fabric using a combination of fabrics, and mixed media pastes and gels. You’ll also get to experiment with different ways to create unusual printable texture on fabric.
Note: Although the workshop is presented using Golden Digital Grounds, you can substitute Digital Grounds for the corresponding Inkaid product. Both products are used for the same purpose.
How the class works
This workshop is presented over the course of 6 weeks with new lessons available on Monday of each week. The Inked Cloth Workshop will be presented during the first two weeks, then the Inked Cloth Unleashed Workshop will be presented over the following four weeks. I’ll send you an email reminder when new lessons become available.
You can access your lessons 24/7 which means you can work at your own pace if you choose. After the workshop ends, you will still have online access to the lessons which will be available to you for the .
Students currently enrolled in this class are invited to take the class again if they wish, at no additional cost.
Workshop materials include
- The Inked Cloth eBook (Basics) + The Inked Cloth Unleashed eBook (Advanced) – a set of downloadable pdf eBooks containing all the basic step-by-step instructions included in this class
- 3 hrs+ of videos demonstrating the techniques and processes
- Resource library of copyright-free images that you can download and use
- Free projects designed by me so you can practice your printing (and sewing) skills
- 24/7 access to the online classroom so you can work at your own pace
- Teacher assistance if you have any questions or problems
- Private Facebook Group
Recommended Inkjet Printers
An inkjet printer is a requirement for this workshop and although you can print on fabric using any type of inkjet printer, some printers are better than others. The information below gives you a general idea of what type of printer you will need to have. Additional information and supply list will be provided after you sign up for the class.
Although I’ve been printing images and photos onto fabric for about 15 years and my own printers have never suffered a permanent injury due to problems such as paper jams, if you are at all concerned about potential damage to your printer, then you should purchase an inexpensive printer for the purpose.
the paper feeds from a tray located at the back of the printer in a downwards angle, curves slightly and then exits at the front.
the paper feeds from the back (or the front) of the printer and exits at the front (or the back) traveling in a straight line.
the paper feeds from a horizontal tray located at the front or on top of the printer, feeds into the printer and makes a u-turn curve in order to exit.
This type of printer is not suitable for this class.
Espon XP-330 (Amazon associate link)
I use and recommend this Epson XP-330 printer. It prints up to 8-1/2″ wide and up to 44″ long and it uses Durabrite (pigment) ink so your prints are permanent and water-resistant. This printer is inexpensive and robust and is a good starter printer for printing on fabric, as well as everyday use.