Easy Image Transfer: Make a Photo Transfer in 1-2-3

Recently I shared with you an interesting anecdote from Kristen Robinson about being told by her art professors that she couldn’t mix certain materials. But when she did, she found one of her favorite mixed-media techniques: combining fabric and paint.

In addition to working with fabric, Kristen creates handmade books, three-dimensional assemblage art, and collages.

Kristen is the author of Explore Mixed Media Collage, and was featured in the March/April 2015 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors. Enjoy this excerpt from her article titled “My Story to Tell: A Mixed Media Book.”

Image Transfers in 3 Steps | Kristen Robinson, ClothPaperScissors.com
“I like to let my imagination run wild when creating, and I feel it’s important to think outside the box,” says Kristen. “I use anything from cardboard scraps and cereal bags to lunch sacks and gum wrappers in my journals. Above all, I think it’s important to create your journal in a way that helps to tell your story.” Artwork by Kristen Robinson

Transfer a Photo in 3 Steps
by Kristen Robinson

1. Apply gel medium to the image to be transferred and to the surface it will be applied to.

2. Place the image onto the surface and smooth out all of the bubbles with a bone folder or plastic squeegee. Allow to dry, preferably overnight.

3. Place a small drop of water onto one corner of the back of the dry paper and begin to roll away the paper with your fingertips. Be careful not to roll too hard. Continue adding water, a little bit at a time, and rubbing until all of the paper has been removed.

In addition to Explore Mixed Media Collage, Kristen has four newly released DVDs for mixed-media artists. Learn how to apply her new techniques to your work.

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