Okay, you have waited overnight (at least) and are now ready to continue…....
The image has now dried and all the medium has gone perfectly clear.
If you noticed the change in scenery, we are now in my kitchen at the sink.
Get the water running pretty warm and then totally soak the image – that’s right SOAK IT!
Let the water sit on top of the wood until the paper actually absorbs it and then put a tad more on.
Now, take your thumb and, gently at first, start rubbing the paper in one direction until it starts to roll up and part company with the image underneath. I generally start in the center and work my way to the edges. Keep applying water when the paper starts to dry out. Don’t try to get every bit of paper off on this attempt – just the easy stuff.
Now, once all the “slag” is off, go back and use your finger tips in a circular motion to start getting some of the tougher bits off. Don’t rub too hard or you will start removing the image itself! Also, don’t go too long or the image will start to soften. When you have most of it off, dry it off with a paper towel and put it down to dry for a few hours.
Here’s what it will probably look like when it dries – not too nice yet….........
Once again, go to the sink and this time only wet your fingertips and get the spots that remain – if you wish, you can now experiment with adding a touch more pressure at certain places to remove some of the image for that aged look.
You should only get a small amount off – don’t worry about getting every last little bit – it isn’t needed.
Once again, dry it off and let it dry.
Here’s what it will look like – still, not the greatest, eh?
Now, for the big payoff! Change of scenery again – back in the shop…....
Intermission: Here is where you can take a piece of sandpaper and roughen up or blend in the edges of your image. Make it look aged, etc…. I most certainly did this with my first image, but this one I chose to only go with what I rubbed off during the cleanup process.
Back to the show…........
Take your clearcoat and spray (or brush I suppose) a coat over the entire surface of the wood.
Instantly, as if by magic, all the white blotches disappear and out pops a brilliant, crisp and clear image!
I’m going to attache a picture hanger on the rear of this one and hang it up at work – I am pretty sure I’ll sell it to somebody in the next week or so. :-)
I hope you enjoyed this two-part thriller and please feel free to let me know how this goes for you, should you decide to give it a shot! Also, I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have – good luck!!!!
Cheers, and GO O’s!
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