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"Winged Life"@ The Herald Square Hotel

"What makes it go 'round?"
by William Balfour-Ker
As Interperted By peter max
"Life's Magazines Covers" T-shirts

from the turn of the 19th century,
. . . to wear into the 21st century!

"Life Magazine" Cover T-SHIRT!!!
Limited Edition Wearable Art

January 3, 1907
"What makes it go 'round?"
William Balfour-Ker

As Interperted By
peter max

Peter Max

"Winged Life"
Spins the World and Asks the Question....
"What makes it go 'round?...."
& The Answer Is LOVE!!!!


Making T-shirts with Your Computer

Want a T-shirt decorated with a particular saying or picture — perhaps your own, or a loved one’s? Don’t go to the T-shirt shop — make your own! It’s easy with specialized image transfer paper, available at most computer and office products stores.

The process is simple. First, create the image you want to transfer to the T-shirt Use software that flips the image horizontally, creating a mirror-image print to transfer. Get some specialized paper for iron-on transfers (made by your printer manufacturer, if possible). Print your design on the transfer paper (inkjet printers only). Next, heat up your iron to its hottest setting. Place the transfer paper with your design printed on it onto the T-shirt where you want it. Iron the paper on the T-shirt slowly, letting the paper get very hot. Remove the backing, and you should have a good image on your T-shirt That’s the theory, anyhow; let’s see how it works.

I searched for iron-on transfer paper by Hewlett-Packard, since I have a Hewlett-Packard printer. To my surprise, it was somewhat hard to find, but I found it at my local OfficeMax. The paper was quite expensive: $15 for 12 sheets. Other brands were similarly pricey. Some generic brands were cheaper, but I figured using paper from the company that made my printer would produce the best results. To my delight, I found a detailed instruction sheet included in the paper box.

I wanted to make a T-shirt that featured the Alamo PC 20-year anniversary logo, which Clarke sent me. As a longtime user of the Print Shop program, I knew it would produce reversed images for transfers, so that’s what I used. I played around with various designs, then settled on an image where the Alamo PC logo was framed by a wooden frame, which was a stock Print Shop frame type. Viewing a print preview showed me I had about half a page left blank, so I created a text headline with the organization’s name and motto — at least it used to be the motto, and for me, it portrays what Alamo PC is all about: Member Helping Members. I printed this text underneath the framed logo. Finally, following the suggestions on the instruction sheet, I printed a test sheet. After all, I didn’t want to mess up one of the expensive transfer sheets.

Good thing I did, too; the text, which had looked so neat on the screen, was hard to read. I removed some of the special effects Print Shop used for its standard headline text, leaving on the letters. I then adjusted the relative sizes of the first and second lines of text, and printed another test page. Much better!

Now it was time to print on the transfer sheet. I opened the printer driver, and set the paper type as Hewlett-Packard iron-on transfer (one of the reasons to use paper from your printer manufacturer — the printer driver knows how to print optimally on the paper, to produce the best final image). To my inexperienced eye, the result looked pretty good.

Not wanting to use just any old T-shirt for my work of art, I scoured the finest clothing stores for one that would really do justice to my creation. Finally, at Sam’s, I found the ideal shirt: a white computer nerd-approved Fruit of the Loom shirt with a pocket. Coughing up the $2.47 to purchase the shirt, I returned home to complete my work of art. Now came the part I was most apprehensive about: ironing the image onto the T-shirt Normally, I would have requested spousal assistance, but mine was out of town. So I was on my own. Fortunately, Hewlett-Packard provided very clear, detailed instructions. Don’t use an ironing board; a flatter, harder surface is required. I used a kitchen counter. Place a pillowcase or sheet over the flat surface to provide protection from burning. Heat the iron to its hottest setting. Iron the pillowcase or sheet so there won’t be any wrinkles to smear the image. Then iron the T-shirt for the same reason.

Trim excess paper from the transfer image, leaving a 14 inch border around the image. Place the paper on the T-shirt, with the image side against the T-shirt Carefully line up the image, making sure it’s not crooked (this was the hardest part for me). Then slowly pass the iron across the paper, taking about 20 seconds for each pass across the paper. Iron until all parts of the paper have been ironed across. Let the paper cool for at least a minute, then peel off the paper. The image will remain behind on the T-shirt, protected by some sort of transfer layer from the paper that overlays the image.

As you can see, the images on my T-shirt were very sharp and brightly colored. And my worst fear — leaving big scorch marks on my kitchen counter — did not happen. Whew!

Although I used transfer paper designed for a white T-shirt, it is also available for dark colored T-shirts. Just pick the right one.

I’m happy with the results, but it remains to see how well the design stands up to washing. Hewlett-Packard recommends turning the shirt inside out when washing it so the image



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