A photo transfer is a black and white or color image where a solvent is used to transfer the ink from the image to another material. Images flip in a photo transfer. Images will loose some realism. 2007 Mary Bailey Thomas, Joy in the Morning
Xerox transfers made with Citra-Solv Citra-Solv can be found at most health stores. Pleasant orange scent, no toxic fumes. Will not harm the environment, even if poured down the drain!
Images can be added to with painting and drawing media. Left is transfer, right is worked with prismas. Mary Bailey Thomas, Bethabara Historic Park Log Cabin Steps, 2007
Xeroxing the Image Images can be enlarged and altered. Only LASER copies work, not ink jet. Take a small amount of solvent when copying before you find out they dont work. -Kinkos copys tend to work well. If using images from magazines be sure the works are distorted or altered enough to not break copyright.
Solvents Citra-Solv, Grumbacher brand "Grumtine" (an orange-scented turpentine alternative), or try essential oils: peppermint, wintergreen, etc. – Experiment. Transfers can be done with harsh chemicals such as paint removers and lacquer thinner. These work but are harmful.
There are two successful ways to create transfers. #1 pre-soak your image with Citra-Solv and flip face down onto your paper. #2 lay your image face down on your paper, tape down and wet with Citra-Solv soaked cotton balls. Both methods require equal burnishing and time. Image 2007 Mary Bailey Thomas
Tape down 2 edges. Dab small amounts of solvent onto the back of the image. The image will start to appear through the back of the paper. Image 2007 Mary Bailey Thomas
To complete the transfer you will need to burnish the back of the Citra-Solved image. Clay tools, finger nails, butts of screws, spoons, bone folders, brayers… these will all create different effects. Image 2007 Mary Bailey Thomas
Rub in multiple directions to ensure the entire image is transferred… or scratch through spots to create effects. Image 2007 Mary Bailey Thomas
Acid Free Foam Core Board with Matte Surface Image 2007 Mary Bailey Thomas
Black and white silver gelatin print scanned, laser printed and then transferred using Citra-solv on cold press watercolor paper Image 2007 Mary Bailey Thomas
To transfer on metal surfaces; prepare the metal first by sanding in several different directions, creating a tooth on the surface of the object. After sanding the surface, clean and dry before transferring. After the transferred image completely dries add varnish or lacquer over the image to prevent rust. Image 2007 Mary Bailey Thomas