For the purpose of this tutorial, I’ll be doing a transfer to use in my journal. But you can use this with almost any substrate—canvas, wood, paper, or any other sturdy surface.
- Acrylic gel medium (I used self-leveling gel because I had it on hand. Most transparent acrylic mediums will work).
- Print from an inkjet printer **Be sure to read below before printing
- A flat paint brush or sponge brush
- Canvas, board, or other surface
- Paints, inks, anything you want to add!
Step 1: Prepare your image for printing.
The transferred image will be reversed, so if you are using text or anything else that you don’t want reversed, you will first need to flip it in the photo editing software of your choice. You’ll also need to re-size it so that it will print at the size you want. You may want to consider applying a filter if you want to change the photo to black and white, sepia, or another hue. I used an old print of my artwork, but you could use a photo or anything you can think of. Just be sure to avoid images that you don’t have the copyright to, especially if you are going to sell the finished piece. Once your image is ready, print it out!
Step 2: Prepare for transfer.
Step 3: Prepare your substrate.
Step 4: Transfer!
Step 5: Play!