You will need
- A canvas (minimum 20 inch)
- Lumi Inkodye
- 4 sheets of Lumi Inkofilm (9 inch square)
- Inkjet Printer
- Portraits of your your subjects
- Sunlight or a UV light source
- Insulation or masking tape
- An old rag or lots of tissue
- Sponge, washing brush or old rag
Step 1: Set Up
Step 2: Print Your Negatives
Make sure your image has a decent resolution, clear lines and all the features on the persons face are clear. To get the painted on look. You can simply grayscale the image, posterize it and invert it in any image editor, even on a smartphone. An easy way to make your Pop Art negative is to go to any image editor, posterize your image and grayscale it. Open the images up in any image editor. Ensure they are 9" by 9" and print them on the sticky side of the inkofilm using an inkjet printer.
Step 3: Mark Your Canvas
Note: I covered up the first square because I had no idea what I was going to put there yet and I didn't want any accidents in that square
Step 4: Apply Your Inkodye
Step 5: Place Your Negatives and Secure Them
Pins: Probably the quickest and easiest
More tape: You could secure the prints with more insulation tape or masking tape. This will also help you control the border situation
Staples. Not advisable but it works. I used this method because the stapler was the nearest thing available, but I had to add more tape to some of them because the staples weren't secure enough. Tape works better.
Step 6: Let Your Work Develop
Step 7: Peel the Negatives Off
Neat right? You're not done just yet!
Step 8: Wash It Out
Make sure you have you scrubbing brush or old rag handy, and some hot water at hand.
Place your piece in a sink or tub or anywhere you can wash it indoors. Mix about one cup of hot water with one or two capfuls of inkowash. Rinse your canvas with warm or hot water. Next, pour the detergent mix on your canvas and work it into the fabric. Scrub it thoroughly to make sure you get all the excess dye out and prevent any further reactions. Rinse it out and repeat if you feel it is necessary.
Step 9: Let It Dry and Hang It
And there you have it. A neat, pop art piece you did all by yourself. It would make a great addition to any room. Hang it in a nice place and be prepared to sound all scientific and/or artsy when they ask you how you did it. :)