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What you need to know about Polaroid image transfers

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to try out an image transfer machine by DayLab. It is extremely cool! You insert a slide, expose a piece of Polaroid film, let it develop partway, and transfer the negative to a piece of watercolor paper or fabric! Very very cool.

This is the (mostly) developed picture…

…and this is the transfer from the negative.

If you do black and white shots, or shots with subtle hues, you can go in and color them afterwards too. Here’s a gallery of images on the DayLab site.

If you decide that you want to play with this type of transfer, first you need to know that the machine isn’t cheap! You might really want to think about taking a class if you can find one to make sure that you really enjoy the process. But here’s the rest of what you need to know:

DayLab has workshop teachers (note 2012 - sorry, link no longer works, but you can still contact DayLab through their site)  listed on their site and some simple instructions to get you going if you decide to just plunge in.

If you’d like to see some more work, I recommend my friend Carol Strand-Siebers's pictures. She also offers classes, and will be on HGTV sometime this spring doing a demo!

More information can be found at the website of the tremendously talented (and generous) Holly F Dupre, who has created a PDF book that you can read to learn about the techniques that she uses to create stunning and ethereal images like these:

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