Friday, February 29, 2008

Polymer Steals or Lifts

During my last year of college, I was made aware that images could be removed from magazine pages. I had only to paint three or four coats of polymer medium on the images I wanted to use. Then the coated image could be removed from the paper after soaking it in warm water. I would be holding a "plastic" film with the image on it - like a transparency.
Then the fun would begin. I decided which images in what combination on what surface. There were a lot of black & white images in magazines in the 60's. I worked on masonite panels.
Below is an example of images put on a panel painted yellow - which show through the transparent images.
I discovered that I could "recycle" paintings that didn't measure up. I put the transparent images on the textured paintings and, using my table saw, cut out the sections that I liked.
Above and below are examples of images added to pieces of my textured paintings.
Unfortunately new magazines are made with new technology and most images cannot be removed this way. I recently made my first purchase on ebay - nine LOOK magazines from the 60's. Since I have quite a few "failed" larger paintings, I should soon have more of these works!


Andrew Wales said...

That is so cool! I haven't done that since college.

I might have some old mags in my collection I'll have to go thru and try this again.

And, what a good idea to use those paintings that didn't turn out as well as expected.

Thanks for the idea!

Andrew Wales said...

I just thought of something. Have you tried using lifts from photo copies or from computer print outs?
I recall someone telling me that one or the other of those two will work, but I can't remember which one.

Paul Bozzo said...

Wow, I would love to be able to use my own photographs - I will experiment soon and let you know if computer-printed photos work! I'm pretty sure that photo copies will not work. The reason old magazines work is that the paper is coated with white clay before it is inked. The ink is not stuck to the paper, but to the clay. Warm water, of course, makes the clay soft and the ink comes off with the polymer film.

anna said...

This is really neat! I've never heard of this before. Cool beans, Paul.

Paul Bozzo said...

Anna - I'll save an example to work on when you and dad visit. You'll get to see how the image is removed from the paper and what I do with it then. Get well!