Thursday, April 22, 2010

Question Number One

The thing I'm most frequently asked has nothing to do with the deeper meaning of my artwork. Rather, people want to know how I transfer images and text from photocopies and printouts into my books. There's not much of a wizard behind that curtain; it's the easiest process in the world.

All you'll need is a photocopy or a laser print (ink jet prints don't work too well), a burnisher, and a colorless blender, which is basically a magic marker that has no pigment. Remember that any images you transfer will be reversed in the process.

Here are the steps:
  1. Place the printout face down on the surface of your artwork.
  2. Color the back of the printout with the colorless blender, covering the entire area you wish to transfer.
  3. Rub the back of the printout with your burnisher while the printout is still wet. Be careful not to move the printout during this process.
  4. When finished burnishing, carefully remove the printout.
It's as easy as that.

Colorless blender by Chartpak (my favorite brand)

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