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One of the many, many cool things you can do with Lutradur are image transfers using your inkjet printer. The above photo shows my 2 favorite methods: (left) transparency + soft gel medium; (right) Transfer Artist Paper (TAP). Both are as easy as pie. Today I'll tell you how to do a transparency transfer. Tomorrow I'll fill you in on TAP transfers.
*You need a firm, smooth, protected work surface as the gel medium will penetrate the Lutradur. Wax paper or a teflon craft sheet work well.
1. Print desired image(s) onto transparency on any inkjet printer. Be sure to reverse the image before printing. Do this either in your photo-editing software or in the Printer commands.
2. Cut image from transparency and set next to work area, ink side down.
3. Brush soft gel medium onto Lutradur, covering an area the size of the image you are going to transfer. The trick is to evenly apply just the right amount. If you have applied too much, the inks may smear. If it's too dry, the inks won't transfer. To test for even application of medium on your surface, lightly smooth over the medium with your index finger, feeling for very dry or very wet areas. You want your finger to glide across the surface, but there should not be any excess medium build-up on your finger. If you have applied too much medium, just keep running your finger across it until it dries a bit. If it's too sticky/tacky, apply a bit more until your finger is gliding.
4. Place the inked side of the transparency onto the wet surface. The transparency will stick to the surface. If the surface is too wet, it may slide & smear.
5. Starting in the center or focal point and working outwards to the edges, rub the transparency in a circular motion with the back of the spoon, using a medium to heavy pressure. (I put my thumb into the bowl of the spoon for added pressure.) Lift a corner of the transparency and check to see that everything has transferred to your liking. You can continue to rub more, or remove the transfer if done.
That's it! Let it dry and you're ready for the next step. You can transfer onto painted or plain Lutradur, over or under other art materials, and even burn into it later with your Creative Textile Tool. Heat gun techniques will not work, as the gel medium acts as a resist. See the book for more info on these other techniques.
Tomorrow: TAP transfers