Transfer paper is used for art and craft activities and also in the textiles industry. A layer of wax and pigment is coated on this thin sheet of paper. Two types of transfer paper are available, namely dark transfer paper and light transfer paper. Dark transfer paper works well for dark fabrics, and light transfer paper works well for light fabrics. You can use the transfer paper on a non-fabric surface as well. You just have to press the iron on transfer paper to get the desired image on the surface. Usually, inkjet printers are used to print the designs and images on a transfer paper.
How to use a transfer paper?
A transfer paper can be easily used on many fabrics like cotton, polyester, etc. and even on non-fabric surfaces as well. The surface should be able to bear the iron heat. You can purchase transfer paper online or from your nearest art and craft store. You must be able to identify your project and then purchase the transfer paper accordingly. Given below are the steps to use a transfer paper
- It is essential to use clean fabric to print a design on it. Wash the fabric or clean the surface so that the desired image is appropriately printed without any damages.
- If you want to print a complicated design on the fabric, you have to use a transfer paper which can be inserted into a printer to print the design. Remember to print the mirror image of your design. If you are using words, make sure to reverse them as well.
- If you are using a simple plain design, you can directly print it on the transfer paper
- Cut your design carefully using a pair of scissors. Make sure to cut the edges and curves properly.
- Place your design on the fabric with the back side up. Make sure to arrange it properly as you cannot make any changes after the process is completed. Place it correctly on the fabric with the back side facing up.
- Heat a clothes iron. All transfer papers have different temperature requirements. Check the details given on the packet and then heat the iron accordingly.
- Move the iron firmly on the design. Hold the iron for 10 to 20 seconds on each part of your design.
- You can also place a parchment paper or a tower between the design and your iron to avoid damages and wrinkles on the design.
- After ironing, let it cool down for 30 to 45 seconds. Then remove the backing slowly without damaging the design. If some parts of the design seem to be coming out, moved the iron once again.
- Read the manufacturer’s instructions given on the packet and follow it precisely for better results. You should follow the above-given steps exactly to avoid any damages.
Iron on transfer paper is a very effective method to get beautiful garments and outfits. Other methods are also available for using a transfer paper. You can use the method which is the most convenient for you.