I like to make things. Specifically, I enjoy the assembling found materials and original art into something new. To keep pieces from looking like trash glued together, I take care to layer hand crafted elements and keep a running theme for each series. My current theme is related to women, work, family, and balance. Pretty much the issues which exhaust me daily (I write this while my 2 year old is screaming about being taken to the park in a stroller by daddy).
A relatively quick and fun layer to add is a decal or transfer. I really like the packing tape method. Its pretty easy.
- Grab a magazine image or a photocopy (I’ve read ink jet no work- tho I haven’t tried it). I try to grab images in the public domain so I dont step on any copyright issues. Also try icons at The Noun Project which are affordable.
- place tape over the image, cut the excess paper away,
- rub (burnish) the tape onto the image pretty well,
- Soak in water for 5-10 min
- gently rub off the paper and the image should stay put.
You can then use the image on a card or collage!
I’ve done a number of these now, here are some tips, errors, and issues I’ve found.
- Fresh toner is best
- Some magazines work better than others
- Some prints in books don’t transfer
- Beware of delicate edges or thin extensions, they sometimes rub off with the paper
- If you have a complex image, cut it out first, its easier
- seal your transfer once its adhered, I’m going to try some Mod Podge Ill let you know how it goes.
I’ve also played with Mod Podge photo transfer medium and Citrasolv with some success. Have you tried any other methods?