Image transfers usually make their way into my work (even when it doesn't look like they are there). Because I make so many I've had to find ways to perfect my technique. I've begun a new series called Re-presenting until I come up with something better and the image transfers are happening fast and furiously. I thought I would create a review post with some additional hints and pictures to add to my previous posts on the subject (see my sidebar).
I use an old shower curtain to lay out my colour photocopies that I want to create into image transfers. My all time favourite acrylic medium for this is Liquitex Gloss Medium and Varnish. Apply four coats in alternating directions with drying in between, and leave overnight to dry completely. You can force drying with a hair dryer if you need one or two fast, but I don't do that as a rule.
When the papers are completely dry, soak in a bath of warm water for 15 minutes. I sometimes add Bounce or a similar product to the water to help release the paper. This is an old wallpaper removal trick.
I work on my kitchen countertop. Dampen the area with a spray bottle and place the image face down. Start to remove the paper from the centre outward with your fingertips with a delicate touch until you find out exactly how much pressure you can apply.
You will need to keep spraying the paper to keep it damp. When most of the layers are removed it's time to begin the finishing touches. I have two favourite tools I use.
The plastic scrubbie works very well and holds up for months. You can just run water over it to clean when you are finished.
I also like the combined sponge and green scrubbie. The positive for this tool is the sponge which can be used to remove all clinging bits at the very end of the process. The disadvantage is that the scrubbie side clogs up with paper over time and you can't easily remove it.
I give each finished transfer a final brush with a wet paper towel before I lay it to dry.
Let dry before use and then tear them up and re-organize to your hearts content. You can use gloss medium or matt medium to apply the transfers to your work.
I would be happy to answer any questions on the technique.
Next post ... new work. It's time to go public.