Sunday, August 9, 2015

Image Transfers on Metallic Poster Board

I was looking for something new to do with image transfers. I wanted something to give them a little kick. I think mounting them on metallic poster board did just that. Kicked them up a notch. BAM!

I make my transfers from color laser prints and Mod Podge. 4 or 5 coats.

I also used Mod Podge to attach them to the poster board and also added another coat.

Here are the results.






Monday, June 29, 2015

Image Transfer/Lift Look with Grafix Rub-onZ


I purchased 4 sheets of Grafix Rub-onZ with the intention of transferring a cone flower image to a piece of wood. I followed the directions but was surprised to find that when I put the film on the board and rubbed - nothing happened. I was trying to attached the non-sticky side to the wood. At this point, I gave up with the idea of using wood and wondered how I could make this work for paper. I coated a 5x7 matte card with Jade PVA glue and placed the film down on the paper. I rubbed with a bone folder to get as many of the air bubbles out as possible. I let it sit for a while. Then I peeled off the outer film exposing the sticky side. At this point, I thought I realized what I had done wrong. As I was peeling off the film, there were some tears and scratches - I liked the way it looked. The question was how to counter the sticky side up? I decided to try coating it with Jade PVA. This worked perfectly. The resulting image looks a lot like some of my emulsion lifts and I am happy with the results. I have repeated this process three times now. Actually, I have yet to use the Grafix Rub-onZ correctly.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Red River Paper 45lb Zeppelin SemiGloss Double Sided Inkjet Paper Review

The 45lb Zeppelin SemiGloss Double Side paper from Red River is a beautiful paper. The paper has a smooth luxurious feel. It prints very well on my Canon MG6200. I have just received this paper and I think I am going to love it for making photobooks. The paper is rather thin, but I see no bleeding from images on either side to the other. I have used only the 8.5x11 size.The paper is not super white. A very nice paper and highly recommended.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Review of Panasonic Lumix Vario 14-140mm f/4.0-5.8 Aspherical Lens for Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount Systems

I had a Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4-5.6 lens. Somehow, my camera and lens got knocked off the table. The camera was fine, the lens was not. So it was an opportunity to get a new lens! I wanted something a little wider - cause I wanted this to be my street lens. I found the Lumix 14-140mm and I really like it. First of all, it appears to be metal (unlike the Oly). Yes it is bigger and heavier, but not too bad on the OMD-EM1. I think the image quality is very good. Focus is very fast. I have used it with extenders with good results. It is an outdoor lens. Interior shots need to be well lit or use a flash. At twice the cost of the Oly 40-150mm - I think it is well worth it.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Some free 3D software I have found

In recent days I have been on a 3d software binge. I have been looking for ways to use 3d software in my image making. While I have not yet created any images using the various software I have found - I thought I would list it here.

Autodesk offers some freebies which are professionally done and work quite nicely. There are forums and tutorials on how to use the software. Here is what I have downloaded and installed:

1) 123D Design - Create 3D printable deigns
2) 123D Catch - Turn Iphone photo into 3D model
3) Meshmixer - Design triangle meshes
4) Memento - Turns photos into 3D objects

All of these are available for PC here.

Emulsion - A photorealistic rendering studio available here.

MeshLab - A mesh processing system available here.

DS Mechanical - a 3D mechanical design package available here.

I am only just beginning to understand the possibilities of using these programs in making images - perhaps I won't use it at all - but learning about the 3D software is incredibly interesting in itself.