Ways of Working


Final installation at the Tweed Museum of Art

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My Process: Lazertran Inkjet on Glass

The final printing process I decided on was Lazertran Inkjet Transfer Paper.
Lazertran products can be found online http://www.lazertran.com/ or in the UMD school store.

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The process of printing on glass using Lazertran Inkjet paper is simple.
Supplies:
A clean piece of glass
Rubbing alcohol
Lazertran Inkjet Paper
Water
Polyurethane (optional)


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A printed peice of lazertran paper. I trimmed off the excess white space.
Place this in water for 60 seconds and a gummy decal containing the ink will slide off.
Place the wet decal on glass coated with rubbing alcohol.
Any Lazertran not printed on will dry an opaque white.
When polyurethane is applied to the dried surface, the white will turn clear and the ink will be translucent.


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I used alcohol prep pads on the glass. It is best when applied immediately before the printed decal. A nice healthy coat works best to adhere the image.


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For each piece, I used a template of the final image and placed each piece of glass on top of it. This assured everything was aligned properly.


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A piece of glass next to the template. My first successful use of Lazertran!


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My stand mock up.


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1st round of final printing.


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The back panel had to be replaced. The blue feathers were placed too high.


Digital Images for Final Printing

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Test Printing

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The first attempt at layered glass with Lazertran Inkjet, clearly did not work well.


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This is the very first attempt with the Lazertran.
This piece did not turn out because I did not trim the white space.
It also did not adhere correctly to the glass because I did not use enough alcohol.
I also used 2 coats of polyurethane, which turned the colors translucent.
Colors are much brighter without the polyurethane


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After making the tiny mock up with inkjet transfer paper, i made another one using clear transfer paper, for a better view.

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Printing of glass was the next experiment for me.
This is a tiny mock up of a glass piece I wanted to make.
The plan was to have 4-6 pieces of glass, 10" x 10" ,
This is an image of a peacock feather, cut into 7-8 pieces and printed on inkjet transfer paper.

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This is my attempt at printing on aluminum and steel.
I used sandpaper to scratch the surface. I then coated the metal with 2-3 layers of gel medium.
I printed on inkjet trasnfer paper and placed the ink side down on the gel medium.
The process was not a great success for me.

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This was probably my best attempt at transferring an image onto metal.
You can see where I used the sandpaper a little too much.

Inspirations / Digital Focus

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Test Printing

Along with my mood board, this is a page of images I am using for test printing. I have gathered materials including 3 types of wood veneer, a 12" x 12" stainless steel plate, a 12" x 12" aluminum sheet, and aluminum foil.

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Mood Board

I've created a mood board with colors, textures, and patterns I am interested in using. I would say this mood board is accurate in reflecting who I am as a persona and artist. I would describe this as bright, organized, passionate, and enthusiastic.

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The Art of Transferring Inkjet Images

This semester I will be experimenting with inkjet image transfers. It's possible to transfer images from an inkjet print to virtually any surface including traditional fine art papers, canvas, metal, plastic, glass, textiles, and wood veneer.

A good example of the process is seen in a video below:

My Avatar

It's me in an illustrated world! My avatar was made using a Wacom Tablet. If you haven't ever used one, I would highly suggest it. It is one of the best investments I've made for graphic design so far.

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Organization was key for this project. I began by placing a photo of myself in an Illustrator document. Before any illustration was done, I created swatch folders full of the colors of my hair, skin, eyes, and lips. I made separate layers for each as well. Slowly, I layered shapes with a very low opacity over the original image. Eventually, those shapes created depth and covered up the original image.

What's Next: Design Education


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An article from Metropolis Magazine Online. Creative professionals give their predictions on design education in the next year, 5 years, and 10 years. I got sucked into this because it includes predictions on other topics such as infrastructure, materials, urban planning and more. Click the photo to see article.
Click here to read article

Project 1 Avatar

Project 1
Due 1-28-10
10" x 10" color print
Design your own avatar

Below is my practice avatar! A 15 min sprint 1st day of class.
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What it is

This blog will show my process and progress through Digital Studio II.