Saturday, 5 January 2008

What I did Next

Printed image and "shrinked" image

For my three girl-friends here in Wales - I decided that although they had their own doll - they could also have smaller versions of their two friends to hang on the Christmas Tree!

(Although one of my friends has such a tasteful Christmas tree - her decorations did not make it onto the tree!)

So I photographed the finished doll. and printed it onto "shrink paper" for an ink jet printer.
After a few trial and errors - I printed the image nearly the full size of an A4 paper, and as you can see from above - I really lightened the colour - because during the heating process the colours darken.

Close up of the Christmas Decoration!
Size approx 3 ins high
The images shrink a lot during the two minutes that you heat them in the oven. I also discovered that they don't shrink evenly - so if I printed figures sideways (landscape) on an A4 sheet - they turned out small - but slim!

However portrait I could do bigger figures - but they were slightly "well rounded"

Anyway - it was fun and I have wanted to try shrink plastic/paper for the inkjet printer for ages.


Judy said...

I don't know about this shrink paper.......hmmm, have you gotten me addicted to something new? LOL Do you think I can buy it here in the States?

Shirley Anne Sherris said...

Hi Karen
Don't forget - if you want a hole for hanging or for stitching onto a piece to put them in before shrinking it.
I have used it to make small accents to apply to pieces and dangling things for tassels. It makes nice buttons too.

sharon young said...

Thanks for sharing that, Karen, I've heard about shrink plastic but had no idea what it was, how exciting !!

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