|Polaroid image transfer||Polaroid emulsion lift|
I used slide film (Provia 100 or 400) to record all my original images, taken on my old Olympus OM2N. The selected image was then copied onto Polaroid peel-apart film by using an enlarger. The Polaroid film I used was 669 which is only three and a quarter inches by four and a quarter.
To make a Polaroid image transfer the film is peeled apart immediately, and the negative part containing the chemicals is placed face down on to the required medium, such as watercolour paper. I use a roller to ensure the image is transferred evenly, and leave the chemicals to develop.
To make a Polaroid emulsion lift I made a Polaroid print and let it develop fully and dry. I then immersed it in hot water. The top surface of the print floats off with the help of a brush, and I then transfer it on to watercolour paper or silk. The emulsion can then be manipulated at this stage with a brush or fingers.
Polaroid transfers have soft, muted colours whereas the emulsion lifts are much brighter and sharper.
The final images are displayed in 30cm x 40cm mounts.
Lesley Ormrod ARPS