If you like creating narratives with found text or you enjoy making montages with imagery, you might be interested in this waxed-paper transfer technique. It involves only a piece of waxed paper, a fresh newspaper, and a burnisher, such as a bone folder, the handle of a spoon, or the cap of a pen. The beauty of it is that it is non toxic and inexpensive. The results are somewhat ghostly and can be a nice starting point for colored pencil shading or watercoloring tinting. With this technique, the words and images are right reading, not backwards like Rauschenberg's. Black ink works best, but some colors will also transfer.
- Locate the image or word you want on a piece of fresh newspaper.
- Put the waxed paper over the image/word.
- With the burnisher, rub gently, but thoroughly
- Peel the waxed paper up.
- Position the image on a new piece of good cotton paper or inside a book you've made.
- Rub the image or word onto the paper.
- Repeat multiple times.
- Shade with colored pencils or watercolors, if desired.