Printed images can easily be transferred using acrylic Gels & Mediums or Colors. Transfers can be made using clear or tinted gel and get painted afterwards. Transparent Gloss Gels are recommended for acrylic skins, especially when layering. Translucent Matte Gels provide a soft sheen for direct transfers onto canvas or wood. Images should be transferred from photocopies or laser prints as well as some magazines and ink-jet pages. We recommend testing first. There are many variations on the process, but the basic steps are: Toner or ink is absorbed into wet gel, medium or color; After drying, the paper is removed by wetting and gently rubbing. Thin paper works best. Coated papers or traditional photographic prints won"t work. Remember that images REVERSE (mirror image) through this process, so any text should be reversed in your print when transferring direcly to a surface. When transfers are made to a clear gel skin, then applied face up, this is not necessary.
With GOLDEN Digital Grounds artists can coat and print directly onto a variety of substrates including paper, canvas, fabric, metal and acrylic paints, using an ink-jet printer. Digital Grounds prepare surfaces not designed for use in ink-jet printers for better print quality and definition. This process works best with straight-path ink-jet printers. Materials prepared with Digital Grounds are taped to a carrier sheet and then fed into the printer using the single-page manual feed. GOLDEN offers three formulations of Digital Grounds: