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  • Printing on Decoupage Paper?

    Posted by Beej Curtis on October 17, 2022 at 8:11 am

    Hi everyone

    I posted this a while back but had no replies so I thinking maybe nobody here knows?😊


    Does anyone have any experience of printing onto Tissue or Rice Paper for Decoupage Papers please?

    One of the things I want to work towards is the ability to supply my art, patterns & designs to furniture up-cyclers, furniture decorators & craft folks on Decoupage Paper.

    I would be looking at sizes of approx 12″x16″ (possibly larger and also smaller sets) and I would love to know if this is possible with a large format printer (perhaps with a permanent ink). Maybe even on an order-by-order basis?

    I would really love any feedback on this please…



    Beej Curtis replied 1 year, 6 months ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • RobertLambie

    October 17, 2022 at 10:50 pm

    Hi Beej

    Great to see you back on the site mate. 🙂

    I could be wrong, as this isn’t an area I know much about, but I think you will struggle to find a signmaker/printer doing this type of printing in a wide format printer using these types of materials.
    Most use solvent, latex, UV inks etc and I wouldn’t imagine they would be suitable for the materials being printed too.
    At the size you have specified, I think a standard A3 desktop printer will do what you are looking to do.

    just had a quick look there…
    It appears these are suitable, better still if done using a desktop laser printer, but those tend to be more expensive again.

    Hope all is well with you mate. 👍

    • Beej Curtis

      October 27, 2022 at 10:50 pm

      Hiya Rob Great be back posting and creating again 🙂

      Thnks for the advice, really appreciated. I know it’s a ‘fiddly’ thing to try to do, from any sign maker or graphics house.. just hoped there may be a way (especially A1 and A2)

      All good here, creating some great new stuff with my new Creative Partner in crime – Eleanor (My 18yr old daughter! 🙂 ) I will post some images in here to show you what we have been up to. She is an incredible artist, just finished College and did super well.

      Hope you and yours are all good my friend


  • Colin Crabb

    October 18, 2022 at 8:31 am

    I’ve never seen any reels of tissue paper available for wide format solvent or latex machines, thinnest media I’m aware of is 95gsm ‘wrapping Paper’.

    The heat and tension used in wide format would cause issues I believe printing this very thin type of media, and tissue paper itself is very absorbent, so adjustments to ink drops would be required.

    I’m not even sure a desktop printer would work, as wheels/ rollers tension is required to pull media through the machine, you’d need to look at spec’s but most machines will specify a minimum of 60gsm you’d have to check spec’s to be sure. Inkjets wouldn’t work as not waterproof.

    Years back, we used letterpress litho machines to print personalized tissue paper and napkins, due to being ‘cold presses’, avoiding the heat effects on such thin media, old school but worked soooo well.

    • Beej Curtis

      October 27, 2022 at 10:52 pm

      Hi Colin 🙂

      Appreciate the response. I guess that’s why it’s so darn hard to find anyone who does this! I have looked abroad with some success but of course, their Min order quantities are too large for ickle ol’ me 😉

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