Acetone transfers: images and description

The first works with the teacher Omaira Abadia were acetone transfers.

We printed and copied (using a toner photocopier ink jet printer and laser don’t work well in my experience) our digital photographs. Then transfered to black and white photographic paper using acetone or paint thinner (obviously not water or oil based paint).

The transfer is made putting the photographic paper face to face with the copy (emulsion to image) and rub strong the other side of the copy with a cotton ball wet with the thinner. If you have too much thinner you can dry it with another cotton ball.

Then with care remove the copy and let it dry or dry it with a hair dryer in a place with good ventilation and really low light.

After dry, begin to work over the photographic paper with your image using oily materials. I’ve used crayons, glue, tape stick, colors, candles, wax, etc. When yo finish your work over it.

Use some old fixer and developer. alternate and see what you can obtain: Developer obscure the paper, fixer make it more clear.

After the first drown in developer or fixer wash the paper with running water and soap. Not all, only small parts, the borders of one of the materials applied and drown the paper again. It gives you several tones and surreal or almost abstract textures. And go on and go on. Until you have obtained a great image.

These are the scans of those experiments and also the melt of the scans with the original images made in PS:

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