A water-based BaTiO3 precursor solution, suited for ink-jet printing of hetero-epitaxial BaTiO3 layers on LaAlO3 single-crystal substrates was developed. First, a study on the simultaneous stabilization of Ba2+ and Ti4+ions in a neutral, aqueous environment was performed. Thermal analysis of the precursor was used to select appropriate temperature programs and the rheology of the solutions is studied to optimize dipcoating and later ink-jet printing parameters. On both substrates, it was possible to obtain epitaxial layers of about 200 nm thickness after sintering at temperatures above 1000 °C. Currently, we are adapting the thermal program and heating atmosphere in order to reduce the sintering temperatures, decrease the surface roughness and increase density.