More problems with printing on acetate or in this case on a matte medium skin. I painted 3-4 layers of matte medium on an 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of polypropylene. InkAid was the final surface over the matte medium. This gets sent through the printer (set the feed to the highest setting so it won’t get stuck-mine did). After drying, the matte medium surface is peeled off the polypropylene and adhered to the leaf with more matte medium. The InkAid surface has to be white to get adequate saturation of color. That leaves a white surface on the back. So, the problem with this experiment is that either the back has to be painted, or both the front and back need a print attached to the vacuform leaf. The fabric prints make this unnecessary because the ink sinks into the fabric and colors both sides. This leads me to think the first idea of printing on fabric is the best.
Sally Pallatto, Peabody’s graphic artist, did some low-tech morphing of the image in photoshop using a distortion tool. She pulled one side one way and the other side the other way. The result was a print that sucked down over the leaf with the printed veins matching the vacuform veins. It is not scientific, but it worked. Ken Lovell told me he was going to do some R&D with photoshop this summer at the DMCA to try to figure out a more reliable way to distort the image.
Next step is to try fabric again and figure out a better way to get the vacuform to work better.