Monday, November 27, 2006

thanks to my friend keith i've learned how to do inkjet photo transfers.

the process is pretty simple. first you need some of that label paper used to print out labels at home on. remove the labels so all that is left is the wax paper underneath. print your photo on your printer using that paper(i set my printer to glossy photo paper for this since it seemed somewhat close to what was needed).

take the paper you want to do the transfer on(i used some from an old sketch book i had laying around) and soak it in water. dry it a little so that it's damp and then either place it on top of the wax paper print out or vice versa. carefully peel them apart and you'll have your transfer.

if the paper is too wet you'll end up with just abstract smudges but if it's damp you should have smudges plus the image. you can either let the air dry it or use a hairdryer. i'm impatient so of course i used a hairdryer.

once you've done the transfer, you can wipe off the excess ink on the wax paper and use it again.

above on the left is the transfer while on the right is the original photo it came from. i have a small set here of the transfers i've done so far. there'll be more added as i do more. i'm already itching to try my hand at a set of postcards using this technique.