I finally got around to trying this wonderful technique for printing on fabric that I’ve seen on many DIY blogs. I followed the techniques that were outlined by the fabulous Karen Watson who is most well known for sharing tons of incredibly cool vintage artwork on her highly popular blog The Graphics Fairy. The artwork is print ready and downloadable.
My problem was while I love the French Ephemera, in particular, I couldn’t connect with one that would reflect my life as a musician.
SO, I designed my own pillows, with numbers and music phrases and they came out great!
1. I made my design on the computer using Adobe Acrobat and some cool deco fonts I found online. I needed them to be pretty big. I also needed them to be toner based copies, which can learn more about on the Tutorial for Printing on Fabric. So, I saved them as .pdf files that were 11 x 17 and brought them on a CD to Staples.
2. The images had to be reversed for the printing process and I had to bunch them up on the page and then recreate to fit on the various pillows.
3. Then it was time to center on the already made, canvas drop cloth pillows and GO FOR IT! I used a conservative amount of Citrisov and tried the yellow Spackle knife but really the spoon worked best of all for the transfer.
4. This process was so easy and fun! Here they all are on the new Restoration Hardware knock-off shelving unit Casey and I made (more on that later)
Now, when my musician friends come to my house and sit in my living room, they get a kick out of the pillows: