March 6, 2005
iprc: transfer printing
by gl. at 10:33 pm
i was 20 minutes late because i thought i was 10 minutes early, but all the techniques were demonstrated (and they are all reverse transfer techniques, so text needs to be mirrored first):
carbon transfer: trace item onto tracing paper using bold soft pencil. place carbon side down onto surface and burnish the image off.
crayon transfer: using water soluable crayons or possibly oil pastels or something of that ilk, color a block (or multiple blocks) on the -other- side of the image. place the crayon side down against the surface and trace the image.
ink blotting (mono print): use ink (or other mediums, but hurry!) on tracing paper over graphic. tape the tracing paper to the graphic and also to paper you want to transfer to, forming a hinge, then flip it over to the other piece of paper to "print" it.
oil transfer: add a thin layer of oil or acrylic or bodied ink on glass w/ brayer; a carboard frame bigger than your image but smaller than the glass; place paper on top of frame, place graphic on top of paper & trace it w/ a dry ballpoint or stylus. it should press the oil against the bottom of the paper as you draw.
ghost print: remove the paper frame from the oil transfer; press paper flat against the ink for the negative image.
heat transfer: color the surface of your graphic w/ fabric crayons, if you want. place graphic face-down against surface. set an iron to 5/6 (cotton) and press hard to transfer the graphic.
solvent transfer: place the graphic face down on the surface. add a small amount of solvent (like acetone -- fingernail polish remover -- or goof off, or a colorless blender pen, or citrisolve, the least toxic option) to a cotton ball & dab at the graphic with the cotton balls until the whole image has been moistened but not soaked. then burnish the image with a bone folder. (i've done this before and it never turns out as well as i'd like, but citrisolve worked great!).
caulking transfer: quickly paint clear caulk on a piece (this is especially good on a non-paper items like wood, canvas, etc), add your graphic face down onto the calk, let dry. when completely dry, soak the item in water to remove the original paper; the transfer will now live in the flexible caulk.