Runs Good

Terri

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An image transfer, using gel medium and an old photo. We came across this battered old camper in a junk yard in north Georgia, and I couldn't resist it! It runs good! $950!

First I painted a piece of watercolor paper, adding various color blocks that would show through. I ended up not liking my choices, but I resolved to just let it rip and see what happened. After the paint dried on the watercolor paper, I coated it liberally with gel medium and laid my print over it, face down, while the gel was still wet. The print was just made on plain copy paper. Used a brayer to get a good seal, and walked away for a couple of hours to let it all dry down. Then I sprayed the paper back with water to soften the copy paper, let it get sodden, and rubbed it all off using a washcloth and my fingers. Messy? Uh-huh. :LOL: But the image gets revealed once the paper back is removed.


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You can clearly still see the torn edges of the original copy paper - I tore it down rather than cut it before I glued it down. I think some of the gel medium slipped under, and that isn't going to rub off. A few other stubborn bits of paper remain. I'm likely to go over it with very fine sandpaper to see what happens.

This was a fun exercise, complete with mistakes, and I'll be trying it again. All comments welcome and appreciated. :) Thanks for looking!
 
That’s cool Terri. I like the abstraction surrounding your subject. Did ya take it for a run?😉
 
This is amazing, Terri! I love the effects you got - a cool combination of loosely painted areas with photorealism. Did you use gloss or matte gel medium? Does the print have to come from a laser printer?
 
This is amazing, Terri! I love the effects you got - a cool combination of loosely painted areas with photorealism. Did you use gloss or matte gel medium? Does the print have to come from a laser printer?
Thank you, Donna! ❤️ I used soft gel matte medium and a foam brush.

I've read that laser ink, like toner from a copier, being dry and carbon based, makes for a superior transfer compared to dye based printer inks. Those will not be as archival. Pigment based inks resist water and can have trouble transferring with this method. So apparently a laser printer or even a laser based copier, like an office copier, is preferable. :)
 
This is so good! I love the subject - great find! Love the colours and textures too.
 
Thank you, Donna! ❤️ I used soft gel matte medium and a foam brush.

I've read that laser ink, like toner from a copier, being dry and carbon based, makes for a superior transfer compared to dye based printer inks. Those will not be as archival. Pigment based inks resist water and can have trouble transferring with this method. So apparently a laser printer or even a laser based copier, like an office copier, is preferable. :)
Thanks for the 'how to' Terri. I was wondering how you did it.
 
You're welcome, Jennie! ❤️ Thank you for looking and commenting. :)
 
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