Monday, March 15, 2010

Gel Medium Transfers


We first saw this technique back in October on Lil Blue Boo, and just had to try it! It's one of those projects that pretty much seems like magic! And it is so easy! With only a few materials, you can create interesting art in no time at all! One thing to note when choosing an image with words on it, the image will transfer as a mirror image and will be backwards.

What you need:
  • Golden Gel Medium (we used gloss)
  • canvas or wood
  • acrylic paint
  • paintbrush
  • photocopied image (using an image off your printer will not work. The image must be photocopied)
  • brayer
First, paint your canvas with the acrylic paint and allow it to dry.
Once it is dry apply a generous coat of the gel medium.
Then lay your image face down on the canvas and smooth out any air bubbles. This is where the brayer - and a little helper - come in handy.

Let your canvas dry for an hour or so. Then wet your photocopy with water and start to rub off the paper with your fingers. And like magic, the image will remain! We found that after we rubbed off the paper, we let it dry and had to wet and rub again since a thin layer of paper still sometimes remained.

Maggie loves this project so much, that she and her husband have begun to do a series of these using images from Día de los Muertos! Hope you have as much fun with this project as we do!
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21 comments:

  1. This is very cool. I like the images you transferred.

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  2. that is so cool!

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  3. Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to try it!

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  4. What a great project! I'm wondering if my Lexmark printer - which has a copy function would work. Will have to give it a try this weekend.

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  5. For all you parents out there, this would be such a great way to showcase your kid's amazing art that ended up on less than amazing paper. Right? Just photocopy the art and do this. LOOOOOVE it!
    Thanks for a great tutorial.

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  6. These are very cool! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Why does it have to be photocopied?

    I can't wait to try this!

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  8. Glad you all like this! Caroline, we think the reason it needs to be photocopied is due to the type of ink that's used in copy machines vs printers. Hope that helps! :)

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  9. Great project........so cool! And so simple...I think I can do this!??! LOL!!
    Good tip about the photocopying!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  10. What a fun idea. I have many images I keep but then don't want to print out and frame. This will make them more special. Thanks for the tip!

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  12. Yay! We're happy to meet a fellow Evanstonian, Kat! Oh! And you asparagus recipe looks delish! Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. I'm a arts & crafts director at a summer camp and looks like such a fun craft. do you know if the craft will still work if you wet the paper the next day instead of an hour after putting down the paper? we only have a limited time per art class so it might be cutting it close. thanks

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  14. Hey Pia! Yeah, waiting until the next day to rub off the paper should work fine!

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  15. Some of the images you used are copyrighted. It's not right to print an artists work.

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  16. Believe it or not, we used to do this with something called Mod Podge in the late 60's. I think the stuff is still around. You could do this with photos and with images from magazines. Yes, I am older than dirt, hehe

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  17. I have a toshiba copier printer at work (industrial liek for big business) will this work???

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  18. You can also do this without gel medium. The wet acrylic does the same.

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  19. What do you mean by photocopied? Is it an image printed on photo paper?

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