Learn to Transfer Images

Here are two ways to transfer your favorite images from one surface to another. These simple techniques are great for collage, journaling or mixed media work.

Images to transfer- ink jet prints, pictures from magazines & catalogues
Acrylic medium (I use gloss) Liquitex, Golden both make this. Modge podge does work
but is water soluable, so not permanent when it dries like acrylic medium.
2” wide clear packing tape
Inexpensive nylon or foam brushes
scissors/exacto knives
water in a tray
damp sponge
burnisher (plastic knives or spatulas work fine)
towels or paper towels
waxed paper
glue stick

#1 - Image Transfer with Packing Tape.
Things to note: Your image will transfer the it is printed. (NOT the reverse)
You are somewhat limited by the width of the packing tape. You can do your image in
sections. The tape has a sheen to it.
1. Cut tape to length of image.
2. Lay tap on top of correct side of time. (stick tape to the side of image you WANT to
see, not the back)
3. Burnish shiny side of tape on image, then burnish back.
4. Lay image/tape in a shallow dish of water.
5. Let sit for 10 minutes or so, you can play with this.
6. Blot dry
7. Use your finger or a soft towel to gently lift off the paper side of the image. It should
ball up into small pieces that you remove. You can always put back into water as you
go, blotting dry and removing more of the paper. If you rub too hard you may be
taking the image off, not hard enough the image is more opaque. There is no right or
wrong, it is what you prefer. Play with it.
8. You can trim off any excess tape, then glue down with glue stick where you want it to
go onto your paper.

#2- Image Transfer with acrylic gel medium
Things to note: Your image will transfer in the REVERSE. You are not limited in size.
There is no sheen to the transferred image.
1. Cut image to desired shape.
2. Using your brush evenly- but not too heavily - the side you want to see of your image.
Image Transfer Workshop with Nanci Hersh & Catherine Hartigan
Note: if the gel medium is too thickly applied to image it will squish out- you may like
that effect, just keep it in mind. Also will take longer to dry.
3. Place coated image FACE DOWN onto paper where you want it to go.
4. Lay a piece of waxed paper over the image and carefully burnish the back of the
image. This will get out any air bubbles and even out the medium. Take away waxed
4. Allow to dry completely. The back of the image will look dull, if you see sheen, those
are still wet spots. This may take at least 20 minutes, longer if it is a large image.
5. Lay a damp sponge on top of image for a few seconds to soften the fibers of the
paper, blot if necessary with a towel.
6. Gently with finger or soft cloth, rub away paper fibers. You can repeat the process of
dampening, blotting and rubbing until it is the transparency you desire.
Note: It is very easy to rub away some of the surrounding paper and get some piling.
This may not matter to you...just keep it in mind.
Explore... Create... Have fun!

Image Transfer Workshop with Nanci Hersh & Catherine Hartigan

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