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I did a transfer project with my students several years ago using xeroxed
copies, transferring them with what I remember as mineral spirits to paper or
cloth. It worked pretty well, a little fuzzy, but the students loved it. We
discussed David Hockney's joiners (combining multiple points of view, space
and movement through time) and had them create their own montages.
Well, at the end of last year, I thought it would be a great idea to let each
student in every class do a small signed drawing that we would montage
together, run off, and give every student a copy to transfer to a shirt if
they wanted to. The students were very enthusiastic about a group project
that would serve as a memory of their special classmates. I encouraged them
to do their contributions in reverse if it contained letters or numbers so
that it would print correctly. Of course some students forgot, I didn't catch
it in time, trying to finish up on last minute projects myself, so I had a
friend scan their works and reversed them using Photoshop. I then had
students help me montage their images together by class period.
After all of this, I could not get the images to transfer! I knew I had done
it previously and hadn't experiement again, assuming it would work (Yes, I
know what they say about assuming). Frantically, I then got some iron-on
transfer paper from a friend and tried to reproduce them that way. Again, NO
success. About the same time I tried to help a friend out to do some T-shirts
for a friend using Print Shop, printing them out on my ink jet color printer
onto the transfer paper. It didn't work either. My disappointed students
ended up with xeroxed copies to keep. Bummer!
Since you have brought up this question, I was wondering if anyone can tell
me where I went wrong. Have the toners changed the last few years, will the
ink jet ink not transfer or was the transfer paper old?