Photocopy art transfers turn everyday photographs into unique one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork. Images can be transferred onto almost any surface within minutes. The only supplies needed are a photocopied picture, transfer medium, transfer surface, tape, rubber gloves, applicator and a creative mind.
The picture is the most important part of this process. The image should have a full tonal range and not be cluttered. If the picture is too dark, too light or monochromatic, the results will be poor. Remember the transferred image will be backwards. If the picture has obvious text, flip the picture so that the text will be readable once transferred. Have a number of copies made of the same image for testing purposes.
There are a number of transfer mediums available, each giving a different result. Acetone and lacquer thinner are common mediums used for photocopy art transfers. Test a variety of transfer mediums, available through hardware stores, art supply companies and hobby shops, until the desired effect is achieved.
This transfer process can be used on any number of surfaces, including, paper, ceramic, wood or fabric. For the best results, the surface should be fairly smooth without pitting. Try the transfer medium on a test surface in advance to avoid damaging your transfer surface. Acetone, for example, will not hurt bare wood, but will strip a wax, varnish or acrylic finish from wood and damage manufactured wood.
The process of transferring the picture to the surface is simple. The photocopy is positioned face down on the transfer surface and taped in place on three sides. Leave one corner free in order to check the progress of the transfer. Transfer medium is then applied to the back of the photocopy. The type of transfer medium will determine the process for application. Once the image is transferred, the copy is removed and the allowed to dry. For more information on photocopy art transfers, check out this video on Youtube.