Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Or maybe it was Remember the Alamo!
Welcome to my learning experience! I am trying to figure out how to transfer an image. I had some instructions. I think I did it wrong but.... something... happened.
I reversed an image on the computer and printed it out. Not my laser printer which is still at the store but my regular 'ole inkjet. I used gel medium, coated both surfaces and stuck 'em together. (Notice my professional terms as I lecture.)
After the image had dried completely I wet the backside of the paper. That part was easy to get right as it was the side sticking out.
Starting in the center I rubbed the paper gently until it started to roll up. I worked my way outwards.
Rolling, rolling....not the first time I tried to learn how to roll something... that didn't end up so well either.... The foot on the right is what it looks like when I am all done rolling...right? You see a foot there, don't you Cheech? I rubbed some areas too much and removed the image all together. I liked it. (I'm trying to like the things I do in my art rather than beat myself up over mistakes.) Really, it has a cool surface- like a real thin paper- smooth with a slight sheen.
I realized that some folks put the gel on the image (backside of a reversed image, that is) and let it dry, rub off the paper and end up with this slightly plastic looking result. Pretty cool in its own right.
In the end I have decided to stick with the first method but will come back to the other for later projects. I like the see through bit but as I intend to paint over some of the surface for this project I'd rather have the flatter smoother image to work with.
NOW- IF ANY ONE has any advice or experience with this please let me know- I am looking for any advice or help. I will keep you posted. Right? This is real, right? Not some teenage flashback???
Labels: Image transfers and flashbacks