We played with Image Transfers earlier in 2013 but our session last Tuesday took our exploits to a frenetic level. There are so many interesting techniques available to fibre and mixed media artists today and I think that we tried them all.
To the uninitiated, try one technique at a time – you’re less likely to feel faint by the end of your session J Generally speaking Image Transfers can be categorized under a few headings:
- those that require images printed from an ink jet printer
- those that require images printed from a toner based laser printer or copier (coloured or black and white)
- images that need to be reversed prior to transferring the image to a substrate (especially if words are involved)
- images that require a medium of some sort to complete the transfer, for example a gel medium, acrylic paint, packing tape or solvent
|Top Left - Citrasolv™ onto crinoline|
Top Right - TAP™ onto crinoline
Bottom Left - packing tape
Bottom Right - TAP™ onto distressed dryer sheet
For example, you could print that photo of Great Aunt Doll directly onto cotton muslin using your ink jet printer, sizing it the way you want and not have to reverse the photo before printing. Fabric is OK, but what if you could manipulate the photo digitally, reverse the photo and print the image on to Transfer Artist Paper™ (TAP), distress the TAP and then transfer the image to metal, wood or glass? The possibilities may leave you gob smacked!
|CitraSolv™ Toner Based|
Transfer to Linen
Image Transfer Techniques that we tried: Citrasolv™ (solvent based transfer with toner copies), packing tape or contact paper using magazine photos, ink jet printed transparencies, either direct to your surface fresh and wet from the printer OR onto the rough side of a transparency and let to dry. This transfer is then completed with spray hand sanitizer. We also tried, or had demonstrated, gel medium transfers to Textiva™, fabric and travertine tiles.
|TAP™ onto painted Lutradur™|
TAP™ – transfer artist paper is somewhat in a league of its own. Images can be put onto TAP™ with an ink jet printer, rubber stamps, Crayola™ wax crayons, Portfolio Water Soluble Oil Pastels™, pencil etc.
Images are transferred using an iron and can be transferred to many substrates: fabric, paper, glass, wood, metal, mica, distressed dryer sheets, crinoline…just remember that you must reverse images or text.
Imagine the possibilities with a kid’s art class!
|Gel Medium transfer to Textiva™|
One final word on any of these processes – make certain that you use your own images or ones that are guaranteed to be copy right or royalty free, especially if you are planning to sell your masterpieces!
|TAP™ - Image drawn with Crayola Wax|
Crayons™ and transferred to white cotton.
|TAP™ - Image drawn with
Portfolio Water Soluble|
Oil Pastels™ and transferred to canvas.