Digital Alchemy: Printmaking techniques for fine art, photography, and mixed media
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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.
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
75 of 76 people found the following review helpful
I like it but...,
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This review is from: Digital Alchemy: Printmaking techniques for fine art, photography, and mixed media (Voices That Matter) (Paperback)Bonny is a really talented woman and this is a great book. I would have given it 5 stars but I deducted two for one big reason - she uses this book consistently to plug her product line to the exclusion of other products. She is not really trying to teach you how to do something, she is trying to teach you how to do it using her products. I was especially irked in the introduction where she is telling us about the materials we will be using. In the section on printable inkjet coatings, she extolls the virtues of her own (and very expensive) DASS Universal Precoat to the exclusion of other very good products like InkAid and the new Golden Digital Grounds. It does the reader a big disservice to not mention all of the options and let the reader choose. This is not the only time she does this. In the chapter on transfers, she goes on about her SuperSauce, which is also sold on her website and also very pricey and her own brand of transfer films.
The examples in the book are... Read more
36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Great digital artist reference for transfer and alternative printing,
This review is from: Digital Alchemy: Printmaking techniques for fine art, photography, and mixed media (Voices That Matter) (Paperback)Bonny Lhotka's innovative and groundbreaking artwork has been my main inspiration and reference, so I have been awaiting this book, and found it as instructive as I hoped. I have purchased all her instructional videos, and they are valuable for seeing her techniques in action. This book is a great accompaniment to that or as a stand alone reference.
If you are a digital artist or photographer who is interested in displaying your images on something other than paper (or a computer monitor), this is the place to learn how. She gives recipes and techniques for transferring images (or printing directly) onto metal, wood, fabric and other surfaces. These are well illustrated with both images of the techniques and images of her final artwork.
Her previous book (co-author), "Digital Art Studio" I found to be inspirational, but not as helpful. "Digital Alchemy" is better organized and more useful. This book does assume a background in digital art/photography, and is geared more... Read more
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Artists and photographers who love working with digital media will love this book,
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This review is from: Digital Alchemy: Printmaking techniques for fine art, photography, and mixed media (Voices That Matter) (Paperback)I have been inkjet printing on fabric and other substrates for many years, and I consider myself an advanced Photoshop user. Most books on the topic on inkjet printing on fabric explain the basics and then provide many examples and small projects. This book, however, goes beyond the basics and kicks into high gear method after method of applying your digital artwork to a variety of substrates, whether fabric, metal, plastic, or whatever you can coat and get into your printer. The steps are clear, the photography excellent, and the 60 minutes DVD of additional instruction further explains. Artists and photographers who love working with digital media will love this book.
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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
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
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
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
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