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Old 02-20-2013, 11:16 AM   #1
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I am trying to learn more about water coloring with printed images with distress inks. I know if you have an inkjet printer, water coloring is impossible (for me, that is) because the printer ink begins to smear. I have read that many people were successful using their inkjet printers without a fixative. However, I heard that if you use a laser printer, the ink will not smear, and you don't have to use a fixative. Can some of you please share your experiences with this? Does it matter what printer you have and what ink? Is laser the best way to go, and if so, are all toners created equal? I use different weights of water color paper, so which printer can pick up heavy paper? Any information is greatly appreciated. Thanks...
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I just bought a Canon M4770 , laser printer, for this exact reason.
I have had it for only a few days, but have used it for printing some digis - and love it !
I have used the distress reinkers and also colored pencils, and have had no issues with either.
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:36 PM   #3
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I just bought a Canon M4770 , laser printer, for this exact reason.
I have had it for only a few days, but have used it for printing some digis - and love it !
I have used the distress reinkers and also colored pencils, and have had no issues with either.
That's awesome! I am looking for a laser printer now. I tried researching the one you have but nothing comes up.
Update: are you referring to the Canon MF4770n? I'm trying to figure out, if I should just invest in an all-in-one color laser printer, or just get a wireless one for digis only? I guess for me that would depend on the price. Again, thanks for sharing!!!
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Yes, that is the one
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I got the all in one because I work from home, so I needed the fax.
If you dont, you can always get just a laser printer and save some $.
I did research them prior to buying, and it seems as if Brother laser printers have some issues with toner blockage. Canon seemed to come out the winner.
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Wink Distress Ink and Printer Ink

I have an HP inkjet printer and use 110 lb Staples white cardstock. I let the digi image dry for 24 hours before coloring with Copic Markers. Letting the ink dry seems to be the key.
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I have an HP inkjet printer and use 110 lb Staples white cardstock. I let the digi image dry for 24 hours before coloring with Copic Markers. Letting the ink dry seems to be the key.
Hi Marla, and thanks for your reply. I also have an HP inkjet, and at first my heavy water color paper went through, but for some reason it will not take it anymore. I have Neena paper to use with my Copics, but the water color paper I am trying to use with my Tim Holtz distress inks. I was told by some other crafters that laser printers work best because the ink does not run when water get on it.
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I have had a Brother laser printer HL-404CN for several years and it prints on up to at least 92 lb. cover card stock. Sometimes I have to bring small envelopes home from our print shop to print on it. I don't think I've printed watercolor paper.
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Hi Marla, and thanks for your reply. I also have an HP inkjet, and at first my heavy water color paper went through, but for some reason it will not take it anymore. I have Neena paper to use with my Copics, but the water color paper I am trying to use with my Tim Holtz distress inks. I was told by some other crafters that laser printers work best because the ink does not run when water get on it.
Have you thought about taking your heavy water color paper to a printer and have them do a test print with a laser printer? That way you can see how it fairs with Tim Holts distress ink before investing in a laser printer.
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Have you thought about taking your heavy water color paper to a printer and have them do a test print with a laser printer? That way you can see how it fairs with Tim Holts distress ink before investing in a laser printer.
You know....that IS a good idea. This way I can test before I invest (hey that rhymes!). Thanks for the idea!!! I will try that.
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