Ozalid is a printing process that uses heat to transfer a design from a paper original to a medium such as fabric or glass. The design is first drawn or painted on a sheet of thin paper. A piece of ozalid paper, which is coated with a heat-sensitive material, is then placed over the design. The entire sandwich is then passed through a set of heated rollers, which causes the heat-sensitive coating on the ozalid paper to turn black where it comes into contact with the design. The resulting image can be transferred to a variety of surfaces, including fabric, glass, metal, and wood.
Ozalid was invented in the early 1900s and was originally used for commercial printing applications. Ozalid prints were often used for advertising and point-of-purchase displays. Today, ozalid is still used for some commercial printing applications, but it has also gained popularity as a method for creating one-of-a-kind art prints. Ozalid is particularly well suited for creating prints with a vintage or “retro” feel.
To create an ozalid print, you will need the following supplies:
-A piece of thin paper ( tracing paper works well)
-An ozalid sheet
-A heating element ( an iron or a heat gun)
-A piece of cardboard
-A surface to print on ( fabric, glass, metal, wood, etc.)
Begin by drawing or painting your design on the piece of thin paper. Then, place the ozalid sheet over the design and use the brayer to roll it out flat. Be sure to roll it out as evenly as possible to avoid creating bubbles or wrinkles in the ozalid.
Next, place the cardboard over the ozalid sheet and then pass the entire sandwich through the heated rollers. The heat from the rollers will cause the heat-sensitive coating on the ozalid to turn black where it comes into contact with the design.
Ozalid is a versatile printing process that can be used to create a variety of different types of prints. Whether you’re looking to create a vintage-inspired art print or a one-of-a-kind advertising display, ozalid is a great option to consider.