Sunday, December 30, 2007

About time, eh?

I've decided to copy and paste the acrylic transfer procedure here from the sheet I give in the workshop I teach. Also, I am unveiling a medieval manuscript page that I photographed poorly. I really do have to figure out how to do it for my promo materials and honestly, it doesn't pay for me to purchase a scanner with a larger bed on it to scan in just these. Anyway, first the image. If you want to see the details, click on the image to see a larger version of it:

Now for the procedure of the image transfer:
1 – 16 oz. or bigger bottle of Liquitex Matte Medium
small bowl
Xerox or ink jet prints of photographs PRINTED IN REVERSE
Various size sponge brushes
Masking tape
Hair dryer
Sponge with rough surface on one side
Sheet of plexiglas larger than copies
Roll of Wax paper

Basic Procedure:

With masking tape, tape Xerox or ink jet print all around the borders on to Plexiglas.

Pour medium into bowl and with appropriate size sponge brush, brush on one layer of medium, spreading evenly onto entire print. Brush on in one direction only. With the hair dryer, dry the first layer completely. Brush on second layer in opposite direction of the first – so for example, if your first layer was brushed on vertically, apply the second layer horizontally. Dry that layer. Repeat this process, alternating directions per layer until you have the desired amount of layers (roughly between 8 and 10) and let entire thing dry overnight.

Once the layered image is completely dry, peel off the masking tape and place the image into a tray of warm, soapy water. Let it soak for about 5 minutes. Drain and slowly peel off the paper. Once the majority of the paper is off, take your fingers and/or the rough side of a sponge and rub off all of the remnants of the paper. This might take awhile, depending on the image. The more ink in the image, the more it adheres to the matte medium, and the stronger that paper wants to hold onto it. That means, using more elbow grease to get rid of all the paper. Once the paper is gone, place the wet image onto a piece of crinkled up wax paper and air dry. I usually place it face down where the edges may curl inward and lightly flatten it out. When the transfer is completely dry, place it between sheets of clean paper and place some heavy books on top to flatten completely.

So, as you can see, this is VERY easy but time consuming. Anyway, there ya have it....
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