Last week I did not get very far in experimenting with Lutradur, so I decided to continue this week. After all, who knows when I will take time to do this again?
I printed several motifs on the gessoed lutradur. While I was at the computer, I also printed onto the piece that was “glued” to paper!
You can still see the lines from the paper, but the print was very crisp. I cut some motifs with scissors and some with a woodburning tool. The tool melts the lutradur and, since it is a plastic fiber, leaves a rough, hard, edge.
The piece with paper left a very slight burnt brown color on the edges. Hardly noticeable.
I tried a couple of fabric paints. The light purple above is Dye-Na-Flow, and I used some Lumiere on one of the flowers. I was concerned about setting the colors with an iron, but I did some testing and found the lutradur does fine at iron temperatures. One thing to keep in mind, tho, is that inkjet printing is not water-fast. It’s probably best to paint the lutradur before printing, but with careful brushwork it can be done after (you can see the difference between the left side – not careful – and the right side – careful – below).
So this is the page I ended up with. For the text, I painted a strip of lutradur with Dye-Na-Flow and then adhered it to a page for printing the same way I did with ribbon a few weeks ago. In fact, I think that strip was the most successful part of my experiments! Probably because I had already learned what does not work!
So, I’ve printed, painted, stitched, and fused lutradur and I’ve got a new material for my fiber collages. I wonder what comes next?