Tuesday, June 23, 2009

More transfers

I keep experimenting with transferring images to various supports. This week, I have played some with wood, using 2 cigar boxes, which I first sand-papered. The results have been mixed. I expected wood to take the ink imprint better than glass, but this hasn’t been quite that simple.



This was my first attempt. What I learnt is that the technique works best with black ink, with images that have lines, rather than large surfaces, which tend not to stick. For instance, see the the “Cuba” inscription, the map detail, and the eyes.

The other issue I had is that it seems to be harder to completely remove the paper; some white patches remain. I’ll try some different papers - I think the one I use is too porous, so when I rub it off I lose some ink – and also laser printing.



For my second attempt, I took an image with few surfaces, and mostly lines – the Durer rhinoceros. I printed 4 of them – one black, one red, one yellow, and one blue.

As you see, the color is pretty much gone in all cases; only the black ink stayed. On the other hand, while not perfect, the “pure-black” rhino did work pretty well.

Definitely more experimenting to do until I work on my notebook!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Transfer, take 2

Second attempt at transferring a printout to a solid surface, using the same pattern, but this time on a small piece of jewelry.

The result is much better – I applied a thin coat of caulk this time, which avoided the blobs I had previously. However, the only color which really stuck is black. The other colors got wiped out, especially yellow… I like the “aged” result, though! Next time, I will try out a laser printout, instead of inkjet.


Friday, June 5, 2009


Since I purchased a small Dell notebook, I have been thinking of decorating its cover, which lead me to look into transfer techniques. Yesterday, I did my first test – transferring an image onto glass, using caulk. It’s clearly not perfect (there are big blobs of sealant all over), but it’s a relative success: the image from the inkjet did transfer to the glass. Now I have to work some more on the materials and the technique.


Monday, June 1, 2009


I just poured some water to make ice cubes, put in in the ice compartment, and… what happened there? What the heck is in our water supply?


Seriously, this is weird, though. Unless water is leaking into my fridge, I don’t get it.