The usual way we tackle a process in the studio (in this case toner based photo image transfers) can be left open to perhaps find better/faster/easier ways completing that process. I had some sheets of both laser vellum and clear overhead projector sheets - so I figured it was worth the experiment of trying to see if using those two substrates with my laser prints would yield better or faster results than the tried and true water and burnish method.
Even I was surprised by the results. I for sure thought I knew the answer going in and was incorrect. Trying to keep all things approximately the same as far as the prints were all done at the same time, the panels were all the same prepped with the same batch of encaustic medium - my results were not as planned.
Check out the video below. Because the results where unexpected, does that mean this experiment proved one method is the best? Well, maybe, there is also further tests that could be use to see if some work better on a prepared panel that has had more time to set up with less tack/warmth to the surface. I may give another round to these options to see if I can dial in the specifics for each transfer substrate.
There are two opportunities this year to learn about photo transfers in person:
August 18th-21st, 2022
Intro to Photo Encaustic
Shake Rag Alley, Mineral Point, WI
Photo Encaustic: Ethereal Markings and Monochrome
LaGrange Art League, LaGrange, IL
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