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
- photocopied image (using an image off your printer will not work. The image must be photocopied)
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!