Another day, another fabric experiment. This time I washed both the old print and the new print, dried and ironed the pieces:
First – because the light was different on the 2 days the photos were taken.
Second – even though I used the same adjustments to both photos in Paint Shop Pro, I’m not sure I used the same claifying strength. That will remind me to write everything down from now on.
Third – the old fabric print has been air cured for almost 3 months. The newly printed piece had only been air cured for 1 day.
After those disclaimers, I have to say I’m pleased with the results. The images are still both very nice, and now I know the fabric I print with my new Epson 2880 can be washed without losing a lot of color.
These small pieces were hand washed as I was afraid they’d fray too much in the washing machine. I used Kirk’s Castile soap and used the same motions I’d use if I was soaping up a washcloth. They were dried on a white towel so I could see any ink runoff, and the towel stayed nice and white.
Am I done with experimenting? Not at all. Next I’d like to air cure a printed piece for at least a week, and wash it with a freshly printed piece to see if there is any difference. The mad scientist in me keeps on asking “What if?”, while the artist in me would like to know exactly what steps will result in the best images. Then there is the consumer in me who says, try all the feeders, use different papers, and see exactly what this new printer can do – while it’s still under warranty. 😉
Good golly, who knew I had so many people inside this one body. Stay tuned. Who knows? A few more might emerge any moment.