Wanted to document my experiments with image transfer. I started here, More than Photography, read up on Nitsa's process. She posts her steps using both copies of images in ink jet and laser. She really likes using Mod Podge to create her transfers occasionally mentions using gel medium. I decided to run a side by side comparison.
Using watercolor paper for all the transfers, I tried half with Mod Podge and half with Golden's Regular Gloss Medium. I used 4 laser color copies from Kinko's and 4 inkjet copies with my Epson using Durabright pigment inks.
The process: Coat the substrate (in this case watercolor paper) with medium (Mod Podge or acrylic gel), also coat the image you are transferring then place the image on the substrate and gently rub out any air bubbles. Let it dry completely ( overnight) then lightly mist the image letting the paper saturate and rub it away leaving the image embedded in the medium.
Let's start from the best and work our way to the not-so-great:
These two transfers were laser copies with Golden's, I love how the image is transparent and when the transfer is done on a collaged background the paper shows through.
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These two (below) were laser copies with Mod Podge, the transfer was good but didn't hold up as well to rubbing the paper off, I seemed to lose more of the ink.
The inkjet copies were by far the weakest transfer regardless of the medium. The paper pulp never completely rubbed away and the ink didn't stick to the medium, instead it balled up and made a muddy mess, the more I rubbed the more ink and image was removed.
Didn't know how many others may have tried this process, if you have and you have insight I 'd love to hear.