Heat responsive pigment powder is mixed with water and then used like an ink to paint. The dyes adhere to synthetic fabrics only, which makes for cheap sampling! There are some great synthetics out there which work as close copies to natural fabrics.
When the art work is dry it's ready to be pressed! The Heat Press we use is 16 x 24 inches. The Press temperature is set to 400 degrees, the fabric is laid onto the machine 'bed' and the paperwork put face down on top. The machine is then clamped down for about a minute or so.
A Print fresh out of the oven! The fabric is then ready to be fashioned.