Note: To protect the privacy of our members, e-mail addresses have been removed from the archived messages. As a result, some links may be broken.
Most everyone who participated in the discussion recommended Design
Colorless Blending markers which are rubbed on the back of newspaper or
xerox images to make them transfer to paper. (I bought some over the
holidays but haven't tried them yet.) I tried denatured alcohol with a
brush (which is the solvent for the Design markers) and it works but it
evaporates so fast and smells so strong, its not great for kids. The
Design markers also smell strong. I also tried acetone as a transfer agent
with a brush but it didn't work as well as the alcohol. Same problems with
immediate evaporation and odor. Some copy machines seem to transfer better
than others. Not sure if these materials are readily available in Africa.
One method I used years ago was to spray a newspaper photo with old
fashioned hair spray and then quickly turn it over onto paper and burnish
it hard. Sometimes you have to bring up the darks with a soft graphite
If you are transfering onto fabric, there are several products available to
use in the computer printer or xerox machine which can then be ironed onto
fabric. I found them at an Office Depot store. One is made by Canon.
Dharma Trading in Berkeley also sells a transfer paper.
Be aware that all lettering will come out reversed, although some computer
software will allow you to reverse the lettering before printing.