One main thing I learned while researching image transfers: there is no one correct way to do an image transfer. In fact, there are so many different types and different ways you can create an image transfer it makes my head spin. All you have to do is go onto Pinterest and type “image transfer” and you will be swept out to sea with all the craft tutorials involving transferring images onto things.
A short explanation of the process from The Book Of Alternative Photographic Processes by Christopher James.
Solvent Transfer Technique (Basic)
(James, Christopher. The Book Of Alternative Photographic Processes. Albany, N.Y.: Delmar Thomson Learning, 2002. Print. Page 800.)
- Place paper on hard clean surface (plexiglass) so the solvent will not destroy surface
- Use light table to register your xerox copies and tape them together at top (registration)
- Lay them face down on receptor paper and tape
- Prime receptor paper with solvent
- Lay first page copy
- Coat back of first copy
- Burnish (woodblock brayer, stubby brush, metal or wooden spoon)
- May need several copies to achieve the right density/saturation
[Detail]Two brothers observe, one investigates triangulations.18 1/2 x 42 x 2 5/8 inchesAcrylic, Found paper, ball point pen, white-out &xerographic gel transfer on wood panel.Finished in a matte varnish.
Doss medium on metal
Lazertran Image Transfer on Glass