One thing I did not like was that the prints on the clear sheet came out very pale. I'll need to redo them but I have no idea how to increase the saturation of the print. In addition, the clear sheet was not water-clear but had a blue tint to it, so printing two versions and laminating them together would affect the overall look and make the face blue and hazy. I need the colours to look as strong and vivid like they had been printed on regular paper but with transparency where the usual white "flesh" is. It would be easier to use acrylic card and paint the pattern on with transparent colours but I think there MUST be a way to directly print the pattern from a PDF to a transparent sheet. Does anybody have an idea how to achieve that?
I was thinking that you could print out the images using one of those vinyl cutters or a Crikit, using the vinyl as a mask, place on clear acrylic sheets and paint with transparent paint. When done, peel off the vinyl.
Well - after consulting the mighty river shop with the small "a" I may have found an applicable solution: transparent vinyl sticker foil. I may need to cut out the single elements and apply them separately but that shouldn't be a big probem as soon as they are printed with the desired saturation. They are a bit expensive but maybe I can find a cheap sample for testing. I think I'll talk to a professional copy shop first to ask for some tips. My local DIY shop has BIG sheets of acrylic for pretty cheap, so the project may be continued soon.