Self-portrait photograph chemically transferred to painted paper, ink. March 7, 2011.
Really awesome work. Can you, please, explain the process, sounds so intriguing Chemically Transferred?
It’s actually very easy – Start by making a print using a regular laser printer. (This image will have to be mirrored in Photoshop in order to “read” correctly when transferred.) Lay the print face-down on your final surface. Use acetone (the active ingredient in paint thinners and nail polish remover) to release the pigments from the laser print, which will cling to the final surface. You can either pour the acetone over the back of the print and burnish it, or apply it (using pressure) with a brush or rag. Most surfaces will hold the pigment. I’ve tried glass, concrete, papers, fabric, etc. A word of caution: Acetone is nasty stuff, so wear gloves and do this process outdoors. Hope that helps!
Thank you very much, but if I don’t have laser printer, only inkjet. It won’t work then?
Hi Nikira, Maybe a simple experiment done by you would give the best answer, try it and see. If you do, please be careful with acetone, as Mr. Miller has suggested. Now the good news… if the acetone does NOT work, your ink may be water soluble.
Then try it with distilled water! Safer too. The trick is just the right amount of water, (or acetone) since too much will ruin the transfered image. Good luck!
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