I love to experiment, as you probably know. With photography nowadays I'm in my element, particularly with all the alternative photo apps available. Seek and destroy. Give me a picture and I'll find away to destroy, grunge and mess it up. Oh should I be saying enhance--no destroy is good.
Well I was introduced to the Pivi mobile printer via Pinterest. I was seduced by its tiny printing charm. I wanted one. But alas searching all over the globe, not one little Pivi was to be had. But I did come across the Pogo. Originally dismissed by a Chinese person as being a very low quality printer compared to Pivi (I noticed he had had a few to sell ) I gave it a wide berth.
Then I saw these videos-see below.
And it dawned on me that (I'm a bit slow) this printer is made by Polaroid. With Zink = zero ink technology. ie similar paper they used for the instant polaroid camera. We are old enemies. Years ago. (I only bought 2 vintage polaroid cameras and several pks of film/paper (very dear btw) which were all wasted, trying to do real polaroid transfers, emulsion lifts and all that good stuff. Good job they brought out the digital app versions.(more of that subject below)
Anyway I digress. This mobile printer prints out 2x3 glossy polaroid enabled prints--which means you can destroy them, (and other things of course). Oh the joy of it.
I did as much research on the subject staying up every night till the small hours and here are my results to share with you. Liinked photos
I got a Pogo on ebay for £21 (There is a pricier polaroid printer the GL10 bigger with 3x4 prints that optionally gives you the classic border. But I got hooked on the Pogo when I saw the videos by Dippold and Hippoyard.
There are quite a few people doing the transfers and lifts, and when mine comes through the post so will I . I also got some reasonable priced film 100 sheets for $14.99 on ebay.
The potential for Moleskin journal /travel/ art is enormous. I include as much relevant information that I've come across on the net and other intersesting stuff. Here Dippold and Hippoyard present some ways to manipulate the Pogo Printer Zink paper.
Tracie Bunkers has been into alternative photography as far as I can remember, and has the pogo print in her work."
This has a lot of things going on. I used gesso, acrylic paint, 2 packing tape transfers, a stencil (in the background, by The Crafter's Workshop), hand-carved & handmade stamps, collaged ephemera, polaroid pogo print emulsion transfers, glaze pens, latte sweet pens, coptic markers, sharpie poster paint pens, watercolor crayons, rubber stamps, and crayons. I did the writing with a Uni-ball Double Sided Pocket Brush Pen, which I love. The main photo is of the mannequin on my front porch. Unfortunately, I didn't seal the pages before I closed the book, and the crayons transferred in places onto the mannequin's face. When I use something that might smear or transfer onto another page, I like to seal the spread with Krylon workable fixative.
This was the first time I tried to do emulsion lifts/transfers from pogo prints. It was easy enough to get the yellow & magenta layer to lift off in one piece, but for the life of me, I couldn't get the final blue layer to lift. I even tried soaking it overnight. It seemed very thin and fragile, and would only come off in tiny pieces.After the emulsion transfer of the cross was dry, I colored it with copic markers.Traci Bunkers
How to send a picture to the pogo from your mac
To Pair your Pogo with your mac
Turn Pogo on
Turn Bluetooth on on computer (mac 10.6.8) --Blutooth top menu (Three dots symbol) or system preferences > Broswe device. Click on Polaroid
Go to Send File. Find the photo/ file. The Pogo will start printing
Don't set it up as a printer. Just copy the file (photo) via Bluetooth to the PoGo.
Of course after you've added the PoGo as a normal Bluetooth device. Don't forget to fill in the pin code (only once). Pin Code is 6000
Good instructions here
Journal and Pogo
Im not a journal person, always feel inhibited when it comes to writing, but in the spirit of will try anything, I had to do journal pages just to incorporate my new shiny lovely Pogo prints. This is where the Pogo printer is useful, for journaling on the go, scrapbooking and general instant prints. Small enough to put in your handbag. Easy to connect to your camera via the usb and Pogo socket. I used a Lumix DMC TZ8. Connect via pc (as opposed to pictbridge option. Am downloading to a Mac (vers 10.6.8) ( the PictBridge option didn't seem to work). I wanted to go through as many options as I could for printing out via Blutooth. You need to have JPGs. (Pings wont work if your getting pictures from the net. You don't just have to print your photos, anything can be printed. Any jpg on your desktop, can be sent via the computer's Blutooth. Windows with Bluetooth would prob work although I couldn't try this out. Just send file.
So I just took a photo of the journal page. More is better, or less is more. I went for more this time, and crammed as many photos and stuff onto 6x8 Moleskine pages . Might do a less page another day, in a smaller Mole. Oh and I had to add some new Washi Tape I recently got from Hong Kong (velly cheap) I didn't really need to stick them on photos to keep them stuck as the Pogo prints have their own sticky backs, convenient. Just for the decoration. I can see that once the ice is broken, you can gather confidence in going forward. Making a visual diary, ideas boards and colour themes. Illustrated notes and Galleries. Anything you did would be individual to yourself. Its an exciting little bit of kit. They can be picked up quite cheap on ebay. I got mine for £21 and the Zinc paper was about 100 sheets for £14. It might get cheaper too.. About the quality, it all depends on the camera you use, resolution, lighting etc. I the printer is 300 dpi, prints good colour and reasonable black n white. About 1min per print The prints are 2x3, borderless. Something like a Hipstamatic format would be cropped. On my camera I used a 4x3 0.3m format, they got cropped a bit. But this isn't your high end HP printer. Yes so I will be happy creating my own little personal pages .
As for the emulsion lifts, I did one and found it very challenging, need more (much more practise) but the effect looked very cool
Just a word which probably isn't necessary. But for those with Macs, who don't have Photoshop, you can use Preview app for simple Image Editing tasks, like Crop, Resize and Adjust colours. If you wanted to customise your photo for the Pogo, I find this quicker . Just go into Tools
ZINK Nr.8: Zink ZEBRA
Step 1: draw stripes with glue
Step 2: throw some acetone
Step 3: set the stripes of glue on fire!
-scored surface with x-acto blade -soaked in white wine - manipulated emulsion - poured on the Grand Marnier and lit on fire - dabbed on the Draino - manipulated the emulsion some more - warmed on a hair straightener - embellished with a hot needle tool warmed over a candle flame - dried in the warm sunshine.
Groovy crystals formed on this one!!!
Shot with my Nokia 6085 cell phone, printed with Polaroid PoGo on ZINK paper and re-worked with my zink-tools (heated wires)
Projects with Zinc Paper and Chemicals
Thinking about a cover for your moleskine, here's a discussion on flickr
A brilliant alternative to the trials and tribulations of authentic Polaroid prints, is this that I discovered the other day, while 'Like' ing Polaroid on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Polaroid). It is an Application for the Mac (as opposed to the iphone etc) called Instant : The Polaroid Maker. Where it scores for me over other Polaroid apps is this. During my web searching for Pogo info, I came across the Impossible project a company created to make the original Polaroid film which had stopped being produced, there being many available cameras and artists calling out for it. I was excited to see that they made the film with variations of colour themes, and the photos that were being taken were beautiful. Films like Silver Shade Cool, Color Shade Cool Paris Edition and First Flush, but all pretty expensive.
The digital Polaroid apps I had previously used were quite basic, and I'd hoped for more sensitivity and variations, so when I found out about Instant The Polaroid Maker digital app for the Mac, I got it. There were the delicate variations and colourways I'd coveted on the analogue prints, and extremely easy to achieve. One just loads a photo, adjust it to your spec, also add some handwriting (digital) and save to print out when you require. High res and very authentic in appearance . A must for your photo journals. See more info and Video here instantmacapp.com
Tried some Pogo distressing with acetone, burning edges and a pyrography tool to draw with, quite pleased with the result