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richs2k6
« on: December 08, 2013 10:53:21 AM »

The goal is to make a lighted sign.  I wanted to transfer the background of the sign to a piece of wood and then cut holes and insert small lights into where the letters are.  I chose 16x20 as the ultimate size I want it to be but I tried experimenting first with an 8x10.

I applied Liquitex Slow-Dri Blending Gel (Medium) to the back of the paper (laser print) and slapped it on the wood and flattened it out with a plastic card.  I let it dry for at least 8 hours.  This morning I took a wet towel and placed it on top of the transfer and soaked it a bit to where I can see through it.  The only way I could get it off was to grab the edges and start to peel it.  Once it began peeling I tried to rub off the rest.  The problem is a lot of the ink came off with it.  Did I not let it dry long enough before adding the water?

Obviously with a 16x20 it would be a little risky if just part of it didn't come off good.  Is there another way of doing this?

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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2013 07:13:50 PM »

I tried again later with a wet sponge and I could still run the image right off the wood as if it didn't really transfer. Any ideas?
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2013 12:59:39 AM »

Maybe you didn't let it dry long enough - especially if it was a thick layer.  Have you tried other methods of image transfer onto wood - I found that using a citrus solvent (Citra Solv, or Orange TKO) works very well for me onto porous surfaces, or a blender pen, like Chartpak AD for smaller surfaces, and those are my preferred ways to transfer onto wood now.  When I used the gel mediums, I let it dry really well - but it is more labour intensive I find, personally.
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