The idea is pretty basic. Take a new photocopy or a sheet fresh out of the printer, mix it with some chemicals, use it like a transfer image. Rad!
I figured I would make a copy of the picture I took of the Montpelier Library and include it somehow. First step, print reverse images of the library picture. My printer is ten years old and probably weighs as much as a car battery. I think it is made of solid steel. Or rocks.
I take the pictures with the digicam, photoshop them with the iMac, ftp them to Seattle so I can ftp them back to Vermont and to the PC, print them, begin experimenting.
Using chemicals inside makes the propane hot water heater smell funny, so I went out to the porch. Set up a card table, got out the paint thinner, found some granite slabs for pressing. Tested it out some. Arrived at a recipe that seems to work:
home made photocopies
- dampen paper to be used to receving transfer
But back to the project, I made enough successful copies that I decided to include them. I stuck them on with some rubber cement on the backs of old New Yorker covers on the backside of the little book thing. I also included the originals so you can see how much ink is left on both sides.