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Image Transfers, Part 1

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Hello, dearies!

I've only done a few tutorials on My Peacetree so far, but I'd love to do more. Would you help me out? If you're curious about any techniques or projects I've written about - or any that I haven't - please let me know! I lose a bit of objectivity going down my own artistic path, and am not sure which things could be helpful, inspiring, or interesting to you on your own journey. I'll try to be more conscious of sharing my discoveries and experiments - especially with art journaling - here with you in the future.

I was asked to do a tutorial on image transfers and - tada! - today's the day!

Before I ever tried it, I for some reason expected that image transfers would be difficult to do. In fact, they're incredibly simple and terribly addicting! There are many ways to do them, though so far I've only experimented with using gel medium. (If you don't have gel medium, no need to worry - apparently you can use plain glue, too.) Eventually I'd like to experiment with different kinds of adhesives and see what happens!

But for now - on to the tutorial! (It will be split into two parts as a single post would be far, far too long! I'll post the second half tomorrow.)


What you need:
  • an image to transfer - I've used newspaper and magazine clippings so far; I know that photocopies work well, too. Keep in mind that whatever you are going to transfer will be mirrored (and words will be backwards) with you are finished.
  • a brush - I've been using ¢39 foam brush as its wide surface spreads the gel medium easily and evenly, but you can use any kind of brush or even your fingers if you'd like.
  • gel medium or other adhesive - I found this on clearance at Dick Blick's. Check your local craft store or experiment with plain glue like Elmer's or another adhesive!

Step one: Thickly coat the face of the image you want to transfer with the gel medium. Make sure that it covers the entire image and lies evenly across the surface, reaching all the way to the edge of the paper.


Step two: Flip the image face down so that the gel medium lies against the surface you want to transfer the image to. (Here, I'm transferring the image to a page in my art journal that is already painted with acrylics; this isn't necessary and you can transfer it to just about any kind of plain or prepared paper - I've even tried fabric with fantastic results!)

Gently smooth the back of the image, making sure that all air bubbles are out and that every part of the gel medium is in contact with the receiving paper.


Step three: Let the gel medium dry completely - if you don't, the transfer won't work. But if you're impatient like me, you can use a blow drier to help speed up the process.

How are you doing so far? Here's where I'll stop for today - check in tomorrow for part two! And do please let me know in the meantime if you need anything clarified or have any questions.

Go to Part Two.

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