May 03 2013

Image Transfers (Acrylic)

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Transferring images can be done with photocopies, some magazine images, inkjet or laser prints. I suggest using a high contrast laser image for your first efforts because I think the results are more reliable, but the options are open for trying practically anything. In regards to imagery, try whatever you have a strong connection to. Winter skies hold a fascination for me, with the filigree of naked branches against a sky. Many people have an attraction to vintage photographs, or ephemera that comes through their hands regularly through magazines. Other ideas: family photos, scientific illustrations, clip art…

I’ve been intending to do some videos of the acrylic gel transfer that I’m using in my mixed media class. I’ve noticed that there’s already plenty of artists doing this on YouTube, so I’m including some of the best ones I’ve viewed here. There’s so many ways to do image transfers and I haven’t tried all of them yet. It can be a little tricky, so practice, practice, practice! .. and have fun!!

Gel Medium Transfer
In this demo by Darlene Olivia McElroy, the artist uses a magazine image, transfered with gel medium, a brayer, and water spritzer. You can also do this with a laser copy (high contrast recommended). The brayer can be substituted with the back of a spoon, and water can be sponged on if you don’t have a sprayer.

Check out some of Darlene’s amazing artwork on her site:

Image Transfer Technique Using Transparency Film

This method, demonstrated by Gary Reef, takes more drying time than the one above, using transparency film instead of paper laser print.

Thick Acrylic Gel Transfer

Here’s another way to do a gel transfer that requires a thick slather of gloss gel or soft gel medium, dried face down on glass. Takes a bit longer, but very effective! (Hint: you can probably speed drying time with a hair dryer)

Part 2 shows the completion of the process, the cleanup and lifting stage:

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