Learning a new technique takes time, and effort, and patience. Not a good combination when a deadline looms and one has a limited supply of some very special paper to experiment with. The concept was fine but the reality was a bit of a dream within the timeframe.
Having a copier fall in my lap (so to speak, for literally it would have killed me) was fantastic. (“Compact” and “lightweight” are not epithets that could be applied to that behemouth, despite the fact that it does only 10% of the baby that sits beside me.) Learning to use it with the finesse required to print what I'd envisioned on very textured and delicate paper was another thing altogether. And how to prepare the file in post production to copy from. And how to get the print from the photocopy to the harakeke substrate.
Quite a few design problems to solve, and I have very quickly discovered that there must be quite a lot of water to go under the bridge of technique and learning (a veritable torrent, perhaps!) before I will get onto the paper something I'll be happy to exhibit.
Cue entrance from aGathering community brains trust.
Any information or links welcome! My initial work has been using turps as a solvent to soften up the toner to transfer. I understand that acetone works better – is less clumsy, transferring finer detail. This will mean that I can work from a more detailed print. Originally I've had to make the image very contrasty to photocopy well. I also have the issue of shadows on tree bark… firstly soft and sharpish on the same plane of focus, secondly to eliminate the bark texture as it interferes with the paper texture and thirdly, varying densities of shadow which will require subtelty when it comes to photocopy and transfer. Those of you who have grown up with the old photocopiers will know that subtelty in reproduction terms was not a strong point! You'll get an idea of the prints I want to use from an earlier post on aGathering – the Three Ketes.
So, I'm just throwing this out there for any input, regardless of whether you've had experience with the technique or not. Sometime random ideas are the best!!