Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thursday Tutorial

Okay, I promised a tutorial... here it is! I know it's late in the evening... but it was a crazy day. This is the first chance I've had to actually have peace and quiet.

I'd like to share how to print on metal using Golden Digital Ground for Non-Porous surfaces. Here are the tools you will need:


-Golden Digital Ground for Non-Porous Surfaces (good for ink jet printers)
-Thin sheet metal ( I got these at my hardware store) .001 -.005 works in the printer or try aluminum foil!
- foam brush
- inkjet printer
- image with high contrast

Step 1:
Alter an image so that it has HIGH contrast (not too fine of detail). Here is the one I was working with:
Step 2:
Shake up the bottle well... apply an even coat with the foam brush going in one direction onto the metal. You may have to repeat this to get it to coat evenly.. it tends to bead up if there's any oil or residue on the metal.
Let dry... it takes awhile to dry.
Brush on another coat going the other direction. Again, let dry completely (I did this overnight).

Step 3:
Print your photo on plain copy paper. Do NOT click out of the photo program. Attach the metal with the prepared side up. Use removable adhesive (I used removable very thin glue dots).

Step 4: run through printer again. Make sure you know what direction your printer takes the paper. Let the inks dry completely.
I ran the edges of the metal through my Cuttlebug using the embossing folders. Be careful not to handle the inked edges too much... See my fingerprint there??? Arggh...

Here's the page I used it on:


Here's what it looks like:
It's a very cool effect... I love the shimmery quality of the photo. Very dramatic! Hope you enjoyed this short tutorial.

If you post a comment, I will award one person a RAK (randomly drawn) of some Sassafras Lass goodness. Stamps, papers, buttons... YUM> You have until midnight on March 31st (EST) to post.

18 comments:

Zarah said...

Wow! That's a never-before-seen (or head of) technique for me, and it's AWESOME!

Love the LO too. :)

Anonymous said...

That texture looks so awesome thank you for sharing...

Renee77 said...

Amazing I love the texture it adds so much to the photo. Great tutorial! TFS

VAWM said...

Jen, fabulous tutorial! Thanks for sharing! ~Victoria

Irene Tan aka Scrapperlicious said...

Very cool tutorial! Love the effect! TFS!

cheryln said...

what a cool technique! thanks for the tutorial! great job!

Aeify said...

This is AMAZING!!! Where do you get the Golden Digital stuff...is it art store specific??? What kind of metal did you get from the hardware store ...kind of hard to tell from the pic. I even love your fingerprint...kind of like your sig on the piece!!! Thanks so much for these instructions...I may have to get brave enough to try this myself...Never heard of anything so COOL!!!

Suz said...

Very cool effect. I love the layout & all the textures & color. TFS

Sigmagirl said...

Yes, I got it at my art supply store or you can order it from Dick BLick or Golden paint online. Also, the sheet metal is .003 thickness at the hardware store or art store!

Anonymous said...

New to the site. gotta come back for sure. Great idea's!! Thanks

Cathy S.

DebW said...

very, very cool Jen! TFS!

dina_cpa said...

Great tutorial!! Thanks for sharing!! Beautiful layout too!

Jennifer Priest said...

Pretty cool!! I love the awesome artsy technique!

AHadley said...

Holy cow Jen, that is AWESOME! If I had a printer I'd be all over that cool technique :) I want to see it in person!

sunnybear said...

That is a cool idea Jen! Love how it turned out.

Scrapper Mom said...

Great project, Jen...love the final page!

Anonymous said...

Very cool, I love how you make each layout you do a true piece of art!

Anonymous said...

Very cool, I love how you make each layout you do a true piece of art!