Inkjet prints & Epoxy resin.
I've been making inkjet prints, then coating them with epoxy resin for about a year not, but have always encountered a few issues that effect the outcome of the projects. When I first began to experiment with this technique, I ruined quite a few pieces but applying the resin directly on the paper (when had been glued to a wood panel). The resin literally sinks through the paper, discoloring and bleeding the image. I've since then used Roscoe brand Crystal Gel as a projective coat on the paper, which there after receives the coat of epoxy resin. The only issue with this is that the Crystal Gel has the consistency of glue, so it doesn't brush on smoothly. This means MORE coats of resin on top just to even out the surface. Unfortunately, this leaves more room for error, more time needed for curing, and much higher cost per piece since resin isn't cheap, or easy to find in larger quantities.
I'm wondering anyone knows of something (possibly like an acrylic glaze) that is more water based witch I can use as the protective coat in place of the Crystal Gel. It needs to flow enough to even out on its own, dry COMPLETELY transparent, yet be protective enough to keep the resin from destroying the inkjet printed image sitting beneath.
Anyone ever done any of these mediums on inkjet before?
Thanks in Advance.