By Bonny Pierce Lhotka
In electronic Alchemy, acclaimed printmaker Bonny Pierce Lhotka indicates tips to flip your common inkjet printer right into a likely magical device in a position to remodeling your revealed photographs into actual artistic endeavors. utilizing lots of visuals and simple phrases, Lhotka walks you step by step via over a dozen tasks. disregard printing on dull previous paper, in electronic Alchemy, you’ll tips on how to move and print pictures to a number of surfaces together with steel, wooden, cloth, stone, and plastic utilizing the options Lhotka’s spent years developing.If you’re a photographer trying to find new how one can customize your paintings or a electronic artist who’s able to take your paintings to the subsequent point, you’ll locate all the instruments, innovations, and notion you would like during this ebook. Lhotka’s enthusiasm for experimenting with strange printing fabrics and approaches has led her to create new and impressive move suggestions, together with one who resembles a Polaroid™ move on steroids. She additionally exhibits you ways to make prints utilizing unforeseen, daily fabrics corresponding to hand sanitizer and gelatin. You’ll even research direct printing, the strategy for sending your customized substrate via your printer virtually as though it have been paper.In electronic Alchemy, you’ll find out how to:Transfer photos to steel, wooden, plastic, and different fabrics that won't feed via an inkjet printerPrint without delay on steel for a fragment of the price of utilizing a print serviceSimulate a print from a dear UV flatbed printer utilizing a cheap computing device printerUse service sheets and paintable precoats to print on nearly any surfaceAchieve near-lithographic caliber electronic prints with move methods to uncoated fantastic artwork paperIn addition to the tutorials within the ebook, you could watch Lhotka in motion at the incorporated DVD-ROM, which has over 60 mins of video photos the place you’ll how one can practice an alcohol gel move, move a picture to a wood floor, use your inkjet printer to accomplish notable prints, and extra.
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Make sure that your surfaces are grease free before applying any precoat. I recommend painting two coats on a porous surface—the first seals the surface, and the second adheres to the dry precoat and then receives the inkjet ink. One of the oldest precoats that I’ve used is rabbit skin glue—in fact, I created my artwork that’s at the Smithsonian using this precoat. In the dark ages of digital art (1993), there were no paintable precoats available, so the other artists of Digital Atelier and I conceived of the idea to make a paintable precoat available to artists.
I was grounded once on an airplane in Chicago during a thunderstorm and was so bored I started reading the labels on the things in my purse. The ingredient list on the bottle of Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer gave me an idea that, since it contains alcohol, it might be a good solvent for inkjet inks. On arriving home, I gave it a try, and just as I surmised it worked wonderfully as a transfer medium. In Chapter 5, I’ll show you this alcohol gel process. Since it’s so easy, everyone who works with it likes this process, and it’s a great foundation process to start down the road of alternative printing techniques.
7. When you’re ready to do the transfer, move the print and alignment board back up against the substrate, and then carefully unroll the print onto your transfer medium. 17). 14 Align your ﬁlm to your substrate. 15 Tape the printed ﬁlm to the alignment board. 16 Roll the ﬁlm around a tube and move the alignment board aside. 17 Move the alignment board back against the prepared substrate. OTHER EQ UI PM ENT 39 8. Carefully press the surface of the film down to the substrate to ensure that it’s completely in contact with the transfer medium.