Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Printing on Non-Porous Surface

Ink Jet printing on aluminum foil. Print idea in Marie Otero's  Digital Magic Online Class.

Pretty shocking idea, print on aluminum foil.  I did do a short rendition of the "please, please, please, don't let the foil rip in the printer" dance.  Printed the photos when everyone was out of the house.  Didn't want him to explain "the dance" or why I thought printing on aluminum foil was a good idea.  Figured I'd have a day to pick the foil out of the printer should a minor printer disaster occur. Always good planning to allow extra time for the "whoops, that didn't go as planned" escape route.

Used foam brushes to coat the non-shiny side of the foil with two coats (let dry completely between coats) with Golden Digital Ground for Non-Porous Surface as per their instructions.   I used two foam brushes - mostly because I wasn't sure the first brush would be dry enough for the 2nd coat.  Waited overnight before printing.  Our printer is a regular printer with a U shaped feed (HP Photosmart 309a).

Wash brushes with soap and water when done.  The blue tape is painter's tape.  Use a high quality paper as the feeder sheet - regular printer paper, but high quality or card stock.

Looking forward to trying this again on some other "non-porous" surfaces and on some fancy papers with the other digital ground "stuff."  Will probably still wait for "the fam" to be out of the house - you know, just in case....

14 comments:

ELK said...

amazing ..love your new "look" too

ooglebloops said...

OMGosh- am going to have to try this!! Yours turned out great!!!

Stephanie said...

This is wild. I've had this medium for months now and was up ALL last night thinking of using it...on tin cans...

really, what serendipity!!!

have fun

Kimmie said...

Marie osmond? Is that a coincidence?

I' m in love with any kind of photo transfer these days.... Just not sure about buying a whole bottle of something ... If you were next door, I'd pop over to play :)

Renee Howell said...

Kimmie - whoops - that is Marie OTERO, not Osmond!!!! I corrected the post. So much for later in the evening posting!

ArtPropelled said...

Amazing technique and so effective!

neva gagliano said...

WOW......fab...and i wondered about marie osmond??

La Dolce Vita said...

lol over the osmond thing and the getting things stuck in the printer thing! how many times have I done that, now it won't take anything but copy paper!!! love the new header and the transfer you made, that digital ground is really cool. you should sign up for Goldens newsletter... pretty good too..

layers said...

I have never heard of this-- my goodness-- you printed on tin foil? amazing- love the imagery.

neva gagliano said...

the header is very cool/professional....ready for prime-time advertisements.
picking the foil out of the printer while family away? you're toooo funny.

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Well, I have the golden digital ground and I have watched the videos, but I have been reluctant. But the idea of printing on foil is very intriguing!
Thanks for filling us in on how it went the the helpfulness of dancing prior to printing!

Max the Lobster said...

What a wonderful idea, can't wait to try it myself but like you i would wait till i was alone! it was bad enough when i printed on Japanese tissue!

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

Printing on tinfoil? Good idea!

Annie Stromquist said...

Hey, what a great idea! Thanks for your clear and thorough instructions, Renee. I'm going to try this.
Annie.