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Paint Lab
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photocopied images
acrylic gel medium
any surface
waxed paper
smoothing tool
Materials
You connect yourself to
the viewer by sharing
something that is inside of
you that connects with
something inside of him.
All you have as your guide
is that you know what
moves you.”
—Steven Brust
The photocopy machine can contribute greatly to the content of your creations. The removed
and degenerated quality of photocopies can provide an interesting juxtaposition to expressive
color or gestural brushstrokes. And of course it opens up a plethora of imagery, which is
easily added into your work. This Lab illustrates a simple method for transferring photocopied
images onto your art.
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LAB
Photocopy Transfers
Fold, acrylic with copies of images on canvas
1. Select your photocopied image and trim
the excess white around it so it is mostly
image. Apply acrylic gel medium to
coat the black-and-white image side
(g. 1) as well as the surface on which
you will place it (g. 2).
2. Place the photocopy image side down
on your surface; do not put acrylic
Fig. 1
Fig. 2
Let’s Go!
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The photocopy machine can contribute greatly to the content of your creations. The removed
and degenerated quality of photocopies can provide an interesting juxtaposition to expressive
color or gestural brushstrokes. And of course it opens up a plethora of imagery, which is
easily added into your work. This Lab illustrates a simple method for transferring photocopied
images onto your art.
Photocopy Transfers
Fold, acrylic with copies of images on canvas
Tips
Use transparent paint mixtures to work
into your painting to maintain the
images.
Once the image is transferred it will be
reversed. If you want to use type,
reverse it on your computer before print-
ing and copying.
Using colored images is not recom-
mended.
Paint with acrylic paint because oil paint
will disrupt the image.
1. Select your photocopied image and trim
the excess white around it so it is mostly
image. Apply acrylic gel medium to
coat the black-and-white image side
(g. 1) as well as the surface on which
you will place it (g. 2).
2. Place the photocopy image side down
on your surface; do not put acrylic
medium on the back of the image.
Place some waxed paper on top of this
and use a smoothing tool (here I am
using a printing baren) to smooth down
the image on the surface so that there
are no wrinkles (g. 3). When you are
done smoothing, lift the waxed paper
and let it dry.
3. Once the paper is completely dry, take
a dab of water and swirl around on the
backside of the image with your ngers
to start removing the paper pulp (g. 4).
Keep doing this until no more paper
bers come off. Your image should
now be transferred.
Fig. 1 Fig. 3
Fig. 2 Fig. 4
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