this is the other part of the citrasolv experiment- doing a transfer to plaster. above are the plaster surfaces that i poured on leftover fence ends that were lying about.
the transfer method involves a toner copy (i used a laser print, which should be the same) and applying citrasolv to the back with a cotton ball then burnishing, repeating until the image is transferred.
the plaster studio (stephanie lee and judy wise) says: " You should get a sharp, dark transfer".
here is the image face down on the plaster. as the citrasolv is added the image shows through the paper. i should have taped this on one or 2 sides to prevent slippage. image on the right is transferred, i am just starting on the left.
checking the progress.
i didn't feel like this was an especially dark, detailed transfer. could be b/c i used a print not a copy (tho if both toner based that shouldn't matter), could be i wasn't patient enough and should have kept dabbing on citrasolv & burnishing, could be that i selected a bad sort of image for this method. this looks better in the photo than it did in reality.
i was happier with the nest image- it seems more suited to the softer nature of the transfer.
so i sanded down the hawk. this is after sanding- you can see how the transfer sinks into the plaster, which is pretty cool and will most likely be useful in a future project.
beginning the process of layering paint. i love the way plaster takes paint. it soaks in and creates beautiful shades and variations.
i added a few swipes of drywall compound for more texture and more layers of color until i got a look and feel i like. drilled through the piece of wood so i can wire on the twig. couldn't get the holes to quite meet in the middle so i kept using bigger bits until they did :)
picture not so good- will have to take a less glare-y one, but i am happy with the results and looking forward to more experimentation.
there is a third nest in the works (i can really get a lot of use out of an image!) that incorporates some of the nat geo pages made a few days ago.
hope everyone had a good weekend!