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Digital Alchemy: Printmaking Techniques for Fine Art, Photography, and Mixed Media (Voices That Matter)


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In Digital Alchemy, acclaimed printmaker Bonny Pierce Lhotka shows how to turn your standard inkjet printer into a seemingly magical instrument capable of transforming your printed images into true works of art. Using plenty of visuals and straightforward terms, Lhotka walks you step-by-step through over a dozen projects. Forget printing on boring old paper, in Digital Alchemy, you’ll learn how to transfer and print images to a variety of surfaces including metal, wood, fabric, stone, and plastic using the techniques Lhotka’s spent years developing.

If you’re a photographer looking for new ways to personalize your work or a digital artist who’s ready to take your work to the next level, you’ll find all of the tools, techniques, and inspiration you need in this book. Lhotka’s enthusiasm for experimenting with unusual printing materials and processes has led her to create new and amazing transfer techniques, including one that resembles a Polaroid™ transfer on steroids. She also shows you how to make prints using unexpected, everyday materials such as hand sanitizer and gelatin. You’ll even learn direct printing, the technique for sending your custom substrate through your printer almost as if it were paper.

In Digital Alchemy, you’ll learn how to:

  • Transfer images to metal, wood, plastic, and other materials that will not feed through an inkjet printer

  • Print directly on metal for a fraction of the cost of using a print service

  • Simulate a print from an expensive UV flatbed printer using an inexpensive desktop printer

  • Use carrier sheets and paintable precoats to print on almost any surface

  • Achieve near-lithographic quality digital prints with transfer processes to uncoated fine art paper

In addition to the tutorials in the book, you can watch Lhotka in action on the included DVD-ROM, which has over 60 minutes of video footage where you’ll learn how to perform an alcohol gel transfer, transfer an image to a wooden surface, use your inkjet printer to achieve remarkable prints, and more. Simply insert the DVD-ROM into your computer's DVD drive. Note, this DVD-ROM will not work in TV DVD players.

About the Author

An inventor and innovator, Bonny Pierce Lhotka is a co-founder of the digital artist collaborative, Digital Atelier, whose members research and develop techniques to leverage digital imaging in fine art application. Lhotka organized “Digital Atelier: A printmaking studio for the 21st century” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum where she was an Artist-in-Residence for three weeks. She is a recipient of the Smithsonian/Computerworld Technology in the Arts Award and is the producer of educational DVDs from Digital Art Studio Seminars.

Table of Contents



Section I: basics

chapter 1: Introduction

chapter 2: Materials

chapter 3: Equipment

Section II: Alcohol Gel

and SuperSauce Transfers

chapter 4: Introduction to Gel

and SuperSauce

chapter 5: Alcohol Gel Transfer

chapter 6: SuperSauce Transfer to

Plastic or Metal

chapter 7: SuperSauce Transfer to Wood

chapter 8: SuperSauce Transfer to

Paper or Fabric

chapter 9: Gallery of Work: Alcohol Gel and

SuperSauce Transfers

Section II: gelatin Transfers

chapter 10: Introduction to Gelatin Transfers

chapter 11: White Marble Fresco Transfer

chapter 12: Gelatin Acrylic Paint Transfer

chapter 13: Travertine Tile Transfer

chapter 14: Gelatin Transfer to Metal

chapter 15: Clear Gelatin Transfer to

Plastic Sheet

chapter 16: Gallery of Work: Gelatin Transfers

Section IV: direct printing

chapter 17: Introduction to Direct Printing

chapter 18: Direct Printing onto Metal

chapter 19: Direct Printing onto Metal Leaf

chapter 20: Direct Printing onto Custom


chapter 21: Gallery of Work: Direct Printing

Section V: Finishing up

and Looking Ahead

chapter 22: Postcoats and Finishing

chapter 23: New Technology and the

Future of Imaging

chapter 24: Gallery of Work: New Technology



Product Details

Printmaking techniques for fine art, photography, and mixed media
New Riders
Lhotka, Bonny
Lhotka, BonnyPierce
Techniques - Digital
Computer graphics -- Design.
Computer Graphics - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Voices That Matter
Publication Date:
9.1 x 8 x 0.792 in 919 gr

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » Mixed Media
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Print Making » General
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Print Making » Techniques
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Print Making » Technology
Arts and Entertainment » Photography » Digital Photography
Arts and Entertainment » Photography » General

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