We've been prototyping several new sessions this spring, and solvent transfers will definitely be a summer favorite. If you have access to a laser printer or Xerox machine and some common household solvents (acetone, nail polish remover, xylene), you can make some pretty impressive creations.
What you will need:
- SAFETY GEAR. Goggles and gloves are a must, as chemicals could cause irritation.
- Solvents. We used acetone, but make sure you have good ventilation if you do!
- Wood or MDF to print on. The smoother the better.
- Some laser printed or Xeroxed images. The process does not work nearly as well with ink jet.
- A spoon (for burnishing the image).
- A squeeze bottle to pour the solvent in a controlled manner.
How to Solvent Transfer:
- Start by placing your image face down onto the wood or MDF block.
- Pour the solvent from the squeeze bottle onto the back of the image carefully until the paper is saturated.
- Now, use the smooth back of the spoon to rub (called burnishing) the back of the image firmly.
- The image will start to dull in the areas that have transferred successfully.
- When the whole image looks sort of dull and white, peel back the paper and admire your transfer!
- Now try adding more layers or cut out different shapes to make a collage.