Professionally Printing Art on Fabrics At Contrando UK
Professionally printing art on fabrics is more than just a design theory, it can actually be a unique way to display and enhance your brand as an artist. The possibilities are endless; you could turn a design into a striking fashion garment, print directly onto canvas and frame your artwork yourself, or even create some home décor using a combination of textiles. Contrado was born from the idea of merging artwork with textiles; to embrace original designs by independent artists and designers, and give them the opportunity to share their artwork in a range of new and exciting ways. Read on as we talk you through the process of taking a paper design to a finished piece of printed fabric, and how we turn your beautiful images into breath-taking textiles.
It Begins With A Doodle
Trying to conjure up an idea of a finished concept can seem quite daunting; we recommend taking it step by step. The best way to create a design for your printed fabric is by letting your imagination run wild; experiment with a variety of mediums and materials to create your design. If you’re an illustrator or a painter, consider swapping out your classic materials for something new to open possibilities. Try layering up textures; collage art with paint, watercolours with market pens, spray paint with coloured pencil. You can explore abstract possibilities, particularly if you’re a fan of colour, or concentrate or recreating one motif which can be repeated on the fabric. Flowers, animals, food and geometric shapes are a great place to start. Some of the most popular artists who sell designs on our platform explore these print subjects, such as Charlotte Jade, Ashley Percival, The Taste Buds and Keren Toledano.
Once you’ve finished a physical design that you’re happy with, photography or scan it into your computer and play around with the final look on an editing programme. You might want to tidy the edges of your drawings, change colours, re-size your image, or get even more abstract and play around with creative filters. When you complete your design on the computer, you can easily turn it into beautiful fabric using our online design studio. Make sure your designs are professionally photographed and has at least 300 dpi in resolution so that the quality remains high and is suitable for printing on a larger scale.
To get your design prepped and ready to print, simply upload it onto the Contrado design studio once you’ve selected your fabric. Choose your custom fabric dimensions and position your image on the template. If your print is comprised of a single motif, you can put the pattern into repeat by selecting the effects repeat button so it appears seamlessly across the fabric. If you want to get creative, experiment with mirroring the pattern to create an entirely new look. This looks particularly effective with abstract prints. You can also change the colour of your print to sepia or monochrome, as well as rotating and rearranging the design within the template to achieve the perfect final print for your fabric.
Choosing A Fabric
Choosing a fabric entirely depends on the purpose of your finished printed material. If you want to create a garment with your printed fabric, consider the texture and how you want it to feel against the skin. Do you want it to be structured, shiny, soft, matt? A popular choice of fabric for wearable fashion is jersey which is soft to the touch and flattering as a t-shirt, skirt or dress. Contrado offers a variety of different jersey options, such as Vintage Loopback Sweat Jersey which is a thicker jersey for sweatshirts and has a creamy vintage colour tint. Or you could opt for Quilted Jersey Stretch, which has a texture that gives your design depth. For a more luxurious fabric, choose one of our silk options to create decadent scarves or wraps. We even offer a Silk Impression silk alterative, in a weight of 180 gsm. Plenty of our fabrics are designed to withstand the elements so are perfect for outdoor uses. You could print your design on Oilcloth Matte for an outdoor Summer tablecloth (perfect for Summer parties!), or on our Breathable Waterproof material to create a weather proof Winter jacket. The possibilities truly are endless.
Alternatively, Contrado offers the option to print your new design directly onto a garment or homeware which we handmake on our London site. Every item is printed and sewn to order in house, and is available for next day delivery. Choose from over 200 products including clothing, furniture, home accessories, gadget cases, decorations, swimwear, shoes and more. If you want to re-sell these products, you can also order some brand labels or swing tags which you can add to your new designs.
The Printing Process
To give your designs the platform they deserve to shine, we reproduce your images to the highest possible quality using a professional printing method. With our dye sublimation process, the printing inks are directly locked into the fabrics of your material with heat and pressure; ensuring a long-lasting print that won’t scratch off or fade over time. Every print is made using environmentally friendly inks and materials wherever possible, to reduce our carbon footprint along the way. Best of all, everything is produced in house. If you choose to print your designs on a finished garment, the piece will be printed and sewn by our skilled makers – all in London, UK.
Our trend-focused collections feature designs from some of our talented designers who print their designs on fabrics and ready-to-wear garments and accessories. One of our most popular collections is currently the Craft-Inspired prints, which features collage-esque designs with expressive painterly elements and illustrative qualities. Another favourite is the Statements collection, with dramatic designs and bold, vibrant graphics. Elements of typography are a unique feature in some of these prints, resulting in beautiful statement pieces. Get inspired with our current collections to start your journey from paper, to printed fabric.
Start designing your new fabric today for the chance at being featured in Contrado’s curated print collections.
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