Polaroid art: A step by step guide

Multidisciplinary artist Noreen Loh shows how to remove the emulsion layer from a Polaroid photo and transfer it to a different surface. This technique is known as an emulsion lift.
Multidisciplinary artist Noreen Loh offers step-by-step instructions on how to perform a Polaroid emulsion lift.
Multidisciplinary artist Noreen Loh offers step-by-step instructions on how to perform a Polaroid emulsion lift.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

SINGAPORE - Multidisciplinary artist Noreen Loh offers step-by-step instructions on how to separate the Polaroid image from a Polaroid photo and transfer it to another surface for decorative purposes.

This is known as a Polaroid emulsion lift.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

•Polaroid photo

•Penknife or sharp scissors

•Several trays of water (lukewarm or at room temperature)

 
 

•Brushes

•Plastic sheet or transparency

•White card paper (or another surface you want the image to end up on)

METHOD

1. Use a penknife or scissors to cut off the photo's white border and peel off the Polaroid's image (that is, the "emulsion") from the black backing.

2. Submerge the image in water. Remove the white substance on the back of the image.

3. Rinse the image in water. Soak it for five minutes

4. Slowly and gently, peel the image off the plastic coating. You can use a brush to help you. This could take 10 to 15 minutes.

5. When the image has been removed, transfer it to a plastic sheet with the front facing upwards. Rinse it in water again.

6. Transfer the image to a final surface and rinse it again to smoothen it.

7. And there you have it - a Polaroid emulsion lift.