WATER (WET) TRANSFER
Minimum Transfer supplies
a. Rives BFK, which has sizing and repels water. Thus it takes longer to absorb the water and pools a bit on the surface. This gives time for the water to act on the inks.
2. Transfer tool: Hotel key, old credit card, wood paint mixer
3. Image on SilkJet
1. Soak Rives BFK in a tray of water, at least 30 min.
2. Flip image on computer
3. Print to silkjet
4. Remove BFK from tray and lay on table
5. Use finger to smooth surface and remove pools of water
6. Take the image Printed on Silkjet
7. Place it face-down onto the wet paper, starting at a corner and rolling down. Gently press into place.
8. Use transfer tool to work image into paper
9. Test a corner. If image does not transfer then scrap some more. If too dry, spritz with water
10. Carefully pull the edge of the film off, scraping with the transfer tool as you pull if need be.
11. Optional: Once dried seal with krylon spray if you plan to work into it.
ALCOHOL GEL TRANSFER
Minimum Transfer supplies
a. waterleaf paper, like Arches 88, which does not have sizing and absorbs the alcohol better.
b. You may also try BFK (sizing, does not absorb alcohol as well). In my trials, this paper did not work as well.
c. NOTE: too much texture will get in the way of a clean transfer.
2. Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer ONLY PURELL, not the cheepo brand.
3. Image on Silkjet
4. Optional: a few bits of “weird”: rice paper or transparent, cardboard, tile, small pieces of plywood
1. Flip image on computer
2. Print to silkjet
3. Coat Arches 88 with the sanitizer on both sides until wet. The paper will not curl as the sanitizer uses an alcohol base rather than water.
4. Make sure that there are no gobs on the surface, but that the paper is saturated.
5. Take the image Printed on Silkjet
6. Place it face-down onto the wet paper, starting at a corner and rolling down. gently press into place. The alcohol gel immediately transfers the image, and since the ink is encapsulated in the inkjet coating on the film, it remains on the top of the paper.
7. Wait about a minute and remove the transfer material.
8. Optional: Once dried seal with krylon spray if you plan to work into it.
Dena’s general notes on paper
As my initial experiments showed, Arches 88 or other papers like it are the only ones that will get a clean alcohol getl transfer. I looked into this more and because Arches 88 is a "Waterleaf" paper (little sizing), it will absorb the alcohol better. BFK has sizing, so it tends to repel the alcohol (or water) and thus does not allow for a clean transfer. I think the reason that the silk jet water transfer works on BFK and not Arches is because more water on the surface allows it more time to pull the inks off the silk jet to make a good transfer. My guess is that the alcohol does a better (quicker) job of pulling the inks off and will thus will smear if it isn't absorbed right away. The pooling of water gives the wet transfer on BFK more time to release.