Digital Alchemy: Printmaking techniques for fine art, photography, and mixed media (Google eBook)

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Pearson Education, Dec 20, 2010 - Computers - 312 pages
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In Digital Alchemy, acclaimed printmaker Bonny Pierce Lhotka shows how to turn your standard inkjet printer into a seemingly magical instrument capable of transforming your printed images into true works of art. Using plenty of visuals and straightforward terms, Lhotka walks you step-by-step through over a dozen projects. Forget printing on boring old paper, in Digital Alchemy, you’ll learn how to transfer and print images to a variety of surfaces including metal, wood, fabric, stone, and plastic using the techniques Lhotka’s spent years developing.

If you’re a photographer looking for new ways to personalize your work or a digital artist who’s ready to take your work to the next level, you’ll find all of the tools, techniques, and inspiration you need in this book. Lhotka’s enthusiasm for experimenting with unusual printing materials and processes has led her to create new and amazing transfer techniques, including one that resembles a Polaroid™ transfer on steroids. She also shows you how to make prints using unexpected, everyday materials such as hand sanitizer and gelatin. You’ll even learn direct printing, the technique for sending your custom substrate through your printer almost as if it were paper.

In Digital Alchemy, you’ll learn how to:
  • Transfer images to metal, wood, plastic, and other materials that will not feed through an inkjet printer
  • Print directly on metal for a fraction of the cost of using a print service
  • Simulate a print from an expensive UV flatbed printer using an inexpensive desktop printer
  • Use carrier sheets and paintable precoats to print on almost any surface
  • Achieve near-lithographic quality digital prints with transfer processes to uncoated fine art paper
In addition to the tutorials in the book, you can watch Lhotka in action on the included DVD-ROM, which has over 60 minutes of video footage where you’ll learn how to perform an alcohol gel transfer, transfer an image to a wooden surface, use your inkjet printer to achieve remarkable prints, and more. Simply insert the DVD-ROM into your computer's DVD drive. Note, this DVD-ROM will not work in TV DVD players.

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I have only read the contents. Easily understood and her projects are well set out and include a DVD - what more could you want except time to follow through. Her instructions are very encouraging and ... Read full review


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Alchemy for Everyone 2010
Section I Basics
1 Introduction
2 Materials
3 Equipment
Section II Alcohol Gel and SuperSauce Transfers
4 Introduction to Gel and SuperSauce
13 Travertine Tile Transfer
14 Gelatin Transfer to Metal
15 Clear Gelatin Transfer to Plastic Sheet
Gelatin Transfers
Section IV Direct Printing
17 Introduction to Direct Printing
18 Direct Printing onto Metal
19 Direct Printing onto Metal Leaf

5 Alcohol Gel Transfer
6 SuperSauce Transfer to Plastic or Metal
7 SuperSauce Transfer to Wood
8 SuperSauce Transfer to Paper or Fabric
Alcohol Gel and SuperSauce Transfers
Section III Gelatin Transfers
10 Introduction to Gelatin Transfers
11 White Marble Fresco Transfer
12 Gelatin Acrylic Paint Transfer
20 Direct Printing onto Custom Substrates
Direct Printing
Section V Finishing up and Looking Ahead
22 Postcoats and Finishing
23 New Technology and the Future of Imaging
New Technology

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About the author (2010)

An inventor and innovator, Bonny Pierce Lhotka is a co-founder of the digital artist collaborative, Digital Atelier, whose members research and develop techniques to leverage digital imaging in fine art application. Lhotka organized “Digital Atelier: A printmaking studio for the 21st century” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum where she was an Artist-in-Residence for three weeks. She is a recipient of the Smithsonian/Computerworld Technology in the Arts Award and is the producer of educational DVDs from Digital Art Studio Seminars.

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