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Section: II Alcohol Gel and SuperSauce T... > Introduction to Gel and SuperSauce

4. Introduction to Gel and SuperSauce

Until recently, artists could use Polaroid transfers to create a unique form of art. A Polaroid transfer is created by developing the image, peeling off the backing, and then applying the image to a paper substrate—transferring the photo emulsion to the paper. The artist was then free to alter the image as desired. Unfortunately, with the demise of Polaroid film this technique is largely unavailable to most artists, so I set out to develop alternatives. The result gave me processes that keep the emulsion liquid for long enough to manipulate it, much like what was possible with the Polaroid film.

For these alternative processes, you’ll use mediums containing alcohol to dissolve and encapsulate the inks as they move from the transfer film to the substrate.

One of the transfer mediums is alcohol gel, and is used as-is out of the alcohol gel container. It’s ideal for use on porous waterleaf paper. With the other transfer medium, SuperSauce, you add the alcohol to it and you can then apply it to most any surface you choose.

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