After having read some of Carol's of Polka Dot Closet fame tutorials on water slide decals I knew I had to try it.
She recommended the Papilio.com web site as a source for quality decal paper.
So I figured if Carol loved the Papilio water slide decals, I would to.
One of the nice things about Papilio site is all the instructions they have. I purchased the following additional items as they suggested.
The decal film spray is used to protect the ink when you submerge your paper in water.
"The Papilio Decal Film is simply a superior product to any clear aerosol spray available on the market for arts and crafts use. It is manufactured especially to form flexible film that will work with water slide decal paper, a film that will "never" yellow and stay flexible for years."
I also purchased the rubber decal squeegee.
"The rubber decal squeegee in an important tool when applying water slide decals to any substrate. Applying a water decal without using this or similar tool will not give optical results."
Plus I purchased their Mounting Fluid.
"The Clear Decal Mounting Fluid is a water based product designed especially for use with our water slide decal paper. This mounting fluid will improve the application process of the water slide decal especially when working with larger decals."
So following the instructions that came with the paper I was all set to go.
My first project using the decals was the child's chair pictured below.
|Look closely at the top of the chair for the decal|
Because I was starting with just one project I didn't want to waste a whole sheet of the decal paper for one image so with my Photoshop elements I loaded the page up with different images that I knew I'd use some day.
Like with all things there is ALWAYS a learning curve even with the best written directions.
My first problem was I did not spray enough of the fixative on the paper and the first image I cut from the paper bled all of it's colors. So resprayed the remaining images with a bit more of the fixative and waited a full day before I used it, just to be safe. In the future what I think will work better is to do a few short sprays on the paper letting the fixative dry in between sprays to ensure that all areas are covered with the fixative. Again I'd like to wait 24 hours to mount the decals.
Second problem I had is I used the squeegee a bit to hard and wiped off part of the image. As you can see from my close up photo one side is missing the flowing flowers. More lessons learned.
I love these decals and have a few more projects planned. Below are some of the dishes I did using the decals. These dishes were meant for display only.
|Graphics from the Graphicsfairy|
So this dish was so pretty on it's own but I thought I'd mess with a good thing. Jury is out on whether or not I like it. I actually had three of these dishes and did not let one escape my madness. So it's understood the pink flowers were in the original design of the dish I just add the black image. I know .....what the heck was I thinking?
So if you haven't tried water decals I suggest you do, the images look like they are painted on which adds a bit of pizazz to your objects. Just think twice before trying to enhance an already pretty piece like I did.
I'm joining these parties