Q. What is the difference between the Classic Transfer Film and the Premium Transfer Film?

A. The DASS Premium Transfer Film has more inkjet coating than the DASS Classic Transfer Film.  This extra coating is needed when doing transfers using DASS WonderSauce which is a thin water based product.  Never add any liquid to the WonderSauce. The DASS Premium Transfer Film is also used for hand sanitizer gel transfers.  The DASS Premium Transfer Film can be used for SuperSauce transfers if you are willing to experiment with adjusting the procedure. You will need to experiment if you use Premium film with SuperSauces. Always remove your brush from the WonderSauce jar at the end of the day and seal the jar.

The DASS Classic Transfer Film is for use with the DASS SuperSauces.  It has less inkjet coating which makes it easier to do transfer using the SuperSauce Solutions.  Fresco transfers to gelatin are created with the DASS Classic Transfer Film. If you use the DASS Classic Transfer Film with WonderSauce you will need to experiment.

I get little spots that do not transfer when using the WonderSauce why?

When a bottle of WonderSauce is left open it can dry out on the inside of the bottle where there was liquid.  When this dried material mixes in with the liquid that can cause grit in the sauce which makes spots where the film cannot make good contact.  That is why it is important to keep the bottles closed.  If it does get this grit in the solution just strain the Sauce into a brand new bottle.

I need an extra explanation of how to use WonderSauce


WonderSauce is a water based ready to use solution for transferring images to a substrate that will not fit through and inkjet printer. Shake the bottle each time before using it. Then let it rest so the bubble rise to the surface. The contents are like
a paint and the ingredients may settle to the bottom. Or stir it from the bottom with a clean spoon. Store the product in a sealed container. Never dip a brush into the jar. Doing so can contaminate the liquid. Pour what you need into a small container. Do not pour unused liquid back into the bottle. Just seal the working container with a tight lid and it will keep a few days. Once you have worked with the WonderSauce you will be able to simply pour the right amount of solution on the substrate and never dip the brush in the container. It is a slightly viscous liquid that is a bit stringy. Do not add water
to the WonderSauce. Clean up spills with paper towels and wash brushes with soapy water. Store it at room temperature of 65-75 degrees. Never store a brush in the liquid like can be done when using the DASS SuperSauce alcohol base solutions.

The image you transfer must be printed with pigment inks on the DASS Premium Transfer Film. Photo Black inks must
be used because Matte Black inks will bleed. This film has an additional layer of emulsion that helps move the image completely to a smooth surface in one minute. The extra emulsion is always washed off after the image is dry. Once the image is dry the pigment is water resistant and adheres to the substrate. At this stage there will appear to be an irregular coating that you will feel on the dry surface. When held under water for one minute this coating will swell up and the slide off. You will see this milky slime wash away. Do not touch the surface. Use a hair dryer to dry the image quickly.

WonderSauce will transfer images to MDF, Econolite, mill finished aluminum, aged aluminum, birch, bamboo, hot press watercolor papers, stone paper and any smooth surface that will hold a thin layer of the solution on the surface. Arches Platine and Berrger papers made for alternative processes are very good as well as acrylic sheets, polycarbonate, P95 acrylic, black foam core, mirrors, birch, hardwoods and glass. The edges on all substrates should be sanded smooth with 400 grit sandpaper. WonderSauce is not for use on Dibond.

The WonderSauce has ATSM certification and is a good choice to use in class rooms or any studio that does not have ventilation necessary to use the SuperSauce products. The MSDS is available on www.DigitalArtStudioSeminars.com.

A 32 ounce bottle of WonderSauce will transfer about 100 letter sized images. This is the same yield as from the 16 ounce

DASS SuperSauceTM Concentrate.

WonderSauce Materials needed:

• WonderSauce Clear or
• WonderSauce White
• Black P95 18” x 24” x 1/8” with paper masking
• Image printed with pigment ink-Photo Black profile • Flip the image before you print it so it reads correctly when transferred
• Have 2-3” extra clear film around the image when working with images this size.
• Sponge brush
• A second board the same thickness as the P95
• Blue painters tape
• An 18” paint roller cover as wide as the image
• A 60 second timer

I use matte black inks (Epson 3880). I do rub it gently, but only after rinsing it first, sometimes with warm water. The ink comes off right in the first rinse of water under the sink. I just use my fingers to get the rest of the goop off. I always apply a prime layer, let it dry, and then do the transfer. My transfers are good, then when I rinse, often the blacks will fade, and other times I will get pin pricks so it leaves a pattern of tiny spots.

Your problem is with the matte black inks. I think it contains some greasy component that keeps it from be locked into the SuperSauce.  If you use the Luster Epson profile that will use photo black  ink.  That profile is richer in color than the photo gloss profiles. If you are using the classic film you can skip the de-slime step and apply a quick sealing coat of the SuperSauce Solution.  Use single strokes quickly and do not brush hard or you will dissolve the image. Just flow it on and let it dry.

What is Supersauce White? How would you use it?

If you are working with SuperSauce Matte or Gloss already consider adding the new SuperSauce Concentrate White to the collection. It is used to layer images and build collage layers.  Used alone it is about 85% opaque. Use it to back paint transfers to glass as the sealing layer. It is also used to create the cracked surfaces over black gesso.  Use it to transfer to black acrylic or gold/brown aged aluminum.  A tutorial on cracked surfaces will be posted soon. It can be used as a sealing primer layer on wood.

I was introduced to using DASS Transfer Film at my undergraduate university and I am in graduate school and I am interested in using the same process again. I wanted to know is there a difference between “Classic” Transfer Film and “Premium” Transfer Film? I will be using Purell hand sanitizer for the transfer part. The printer I will be using is Epson 4880 inkjet printer.

Premium Transfer Film is recommended for the Purell transfers. This film has the same coating as the Classic Transfer Film but it has a thicker inkjet coating which makes the Purell transfer better.  I suggest using the Epson luster photo paper profile.

Do I have to use DASS ART Transfer Films to do the processes?

These transfer processes require reliable materials in order to achieve predictable results.  Unfortunately, since the time our first videos and books came out, many of those products included have been discontinued or had major changes in formulation and performance.  This can cause both creative frustration and wasted investment in products – and time.

To ensure a steady supply of consistent materials, we source and produce  genuine DASS ART products.  These products, including the original SuperSauce Concentrate, WonderSauce, and DASS ART Classic and Premium transfer film are the only ones guaranteed to work with the processes in our books.