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


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/08/24/art-project-how-to-make-insta.html


#2

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


#3

acetone (nail polish remover) also works.


#4

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


#5

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:
http://www.calsk8.com/zeitgeist/acrylicgeltransfers.htm


#6

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.


#7

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.


#8

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


#9

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


#10

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


#11

he also used special types of inks in his printer.


#12

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


#13

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.


#14

The works of China also used a more sophisticated technique.
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