Monday, June 28, 2010

Transferring Images using Gel Medium

I must say that the use of gel medium to transfer images to a surface seemed a little too easy for my liking. I felt nervous about even trying it and was sure that it was destined for failure. I was glad to be proven wrong.

Following the tutorial put together by Ashley of Lil Blue Boo, I gathered my supplies - a paint brush, some gel medium (available from the painting aisle at Spotlight), a brayer, my image (which I just printed using our laser printer) and my surface to transfer the image to (the table the supplies are sitting on):

I then spread a layer of gel medium onto the table and placed my image on top, face down. Remember it is important to print your image in reverse, especially if there is writing involved:

I ran my brayer over the image a couple of times to make sure there were no air bubbles:

Then I waited an hour while it dried. Next, I took a wet facewasher and wet the back of the image, peeling away the paper as I went:

Ta-da! Transfer complete:

Only one small problem... I was a bit over zealous with my paper removal attempts and the Cat in the Hat lost some of his whiskers as a result:

Lesson Learned : Don't use your nails to scrape the paper off!

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