July 04, 2011

Photo Transfer Magic

I wish I could keep these patterns to use in my artwork! But they magically appear briefly for about 15 minutes before it dries away.

Transferring my photographs onto mylar is one of the first steps of my art process. This is done by applying a thin layer of a liquid polymer to the front side of a laser printout. Then it is flipped upside down and placed on top of the mylar. What you see here, is the back of the laser print. The polymer soaked through the paper in the white parts of the image more quickly than the coloured areas with ink. Eventually, the paper dries back to white and then I peel off the paper while the ink remains fixed to the mylar.

With the positive/negative shapes, I think they look similar to the effects of cyanotypes!

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