Art project: How to make instant photocopy transfers with a blender pen

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Robert Rauschenberg used turpentine, I think.
So did I, if I remember correctly.


acetone (nail polish remover) also works.


So it works with toner based prints. If I print something directly to a laser printer, it should work, (skipping the photocopy step) correct?

That was my thought as well. It reminded me of acrylic gel medium transfers. Not so much the technique, but because it’s toner specific compared to inkjet ink:

I would assume so.

My immediate thought was if it’ll work to transfer to metal, as that would make some etching that I’ve tried recently a lot easier than the heat transfer method I was using.

Pretty much any kind of solvent will work - lighter fluid, mineral spirits, Citrasolv, etc. The blender pens work well if you get the right kind - they have to be solvent-based, not alcohol-based. They’re kind of expensive, though. The BEST thing to use is peppermint or spearmint oil. Much cheaper and safer.


As does rubber cement thinner (anybody remember that?).


Wouldn’t a clothes iron work just as well or better? Photocopy/laserprinter ink is thermally affixed…

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OMG it’s a tool for facilitating copyright violation! Felony! Felony!

he also used special types of inks in his printer.

I believe that for the works that I am addressing he used mostly newspapers.

perhaps so, i’m thinking of the ones he was doing towards the end of his life when he was printing out images and then running a brush of turpentine(?)over them and then transferring the images to canvas which he would stretch.

The works of China also used a more sophisticated technique.

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