Photo Transfers

Transfer on watercolor paper

I experimented doing them on paper and canvas……………

 

Transfer on canvas

 

Here is a little bit about the process:

One requirement for this method is you have to use color copies, not inkjet prints. You need a mirror image to place down, so after reversing them in Photoshop, I made prints and went to Kinkos. (I may just bring a flash drive next time…….)

The next step involves a “pouring medium”. I chose this one by Liquitex.

Using a foam brush, coat your substrate (in my case paper or canvas), and the front of the print with the medium.

Place the print face down on the substrate and smooth out the bubbles with a brayer or other object.

Let it dry for at least 24 hours………….ugh!

Using a spray bottle, wet the piece and carefully start rubbing the paper off. (This is actually the toughest and most time consuming part………)

This image of the Golden Gate Bridge was transferred onto hot press water color paper.
As you can see, it is so not perfect, and that is part of the charm. I can transfer this same image over and over again and it will never turn out the same way twice!
This is still a work in progress, and as I learn more I will share what works and what doesn’t. I am not sure if I will only apply this technique to iPhone images, but for now, it is this blending of extreme technology with of the idea of original art that has me so excited. (Ask the brave people that stepped inside my studio the morning I completed my first semi-successful transfer. I had to share it with someone and I was downright giddy!)
I plan to play around with adding pastels or even acrylic paint (if I am brave enough….) to these transfers.
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4 thoughts on “Photo Transfers

  1. Julie Rowe

    I have just discovered your site and just love what i have seen so far. I have been looking at doing something with my photography that makes me excited. I did see a form of printing on japanese velvet type fabric cant remember exactly what it is. Am very keen to try it then came across your site. So i shall have to get my act together and get going on something. i seem to have lost my passion for photography which is bad for me….i need to be creative.
    Cheers and thankyou.
    Julie.

    1. admin Post author

      Thank you Julie! Sometimes just changing things up a bit and trying new techniques does wonders for igniting the creative fires. Good luck!

  2. Sharon Sturgis

    beautiful!!! brought back fond memories of doing Polaroid transfers to watercolor paper. For more fun, do your print in B&W and then hand color. Lots of fun!!!!!!

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