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Photo Transfers for Mixed Media Collage Work

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Introduction to Image Transfers

Stephenie Hamen

Photo Transfers for Mixed Media Collage Work

Stephenie Hamen

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Lesson Info

2. Introduction to Image Transfers

Lesson Info

Introduction to Image Transfers

And where you're going to start out with the main events, we're going to just jump right into image transfers so what I want to show you guys first are there's different ways to do image transfers were going to use gel medium which is very clear and you get a really crisp image when you use gel medium but you can also do image transfers using the same technique we're going to do today with things like acrylic paint just so you get all sorts of things different variances in the imagery when you do it that way with the paint you want to go light because you will get some changes in the actual image and then with the just so the thicker you put it on it becomes kind of that won't be textural fun so you can use lots of different things to do it but we are going to start out with the gel medium for today so the first thing you need to do is find your image and pick out which one you want and just cut it out so maybe this one and what I've done is these are printed again on a laser printer y...

ou can do it on an inkjet the thing I will say when you do image transfers what the nature is you want to touch it once it's on your media you want to touch it as little as possible because that ink we'll start to come off and cool and so then if it slides too much, you're gonna have a little bit of ah smear effect happening so it doesn't have to be perfectly cut out, but we're going to d'oh decent cut out here so I got that I'm gonna put this stuff off to the side now and I'm gonna grab my jell medium and you can use gel medium for lots of different things you can use it as a sealant you can use it to do with the image transfers, you can use it to just add some texture and there's so much you can do with this a lot people even use this in place of dekel posh um if you want to it's kind of a great all around media to use, so what I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna kind of put a light layer down onto my panel and I'm then going to take my image and put it down, so if you've got something, the other thing I think about is if you guys something with like big words on it that you want the words to really come through, just make sure that when you print it you printed in reverse so that when you do the image and get the the mirror because you're gonna get a mirror effect basically it's like when you do an iron on and then you're just gonna lightly rub it down in to place, ok, the other thing we really need are pencils, and I don't know if they used pencils. Okay, we need pencils. Thanks. Um, so we're going to rob this down and just really kind of get it on their good. If you've got a breyer or like a bone folder or something for card making, you can use that to really rub it down. Once you do that, we're done. We're going to set that off to the side, and we're just gonna let it do its magic it's just gonna marinate and cook and be happy. We'll just put that to the side, and what happens is as that dries, the gel medium will start to pull the image out, and then we will show you later on how teo, take the paper off without losing thie image.

Class Description

Photo transfers add detail and interest to your work and, best of all, they aren’t difficult to produce. Learn how its done from Stephenie Hamen in Photo Transfers for Mixed Media Collage Work.

Stephenie will teach you all about photo transferring and demonstrate how you can add color and alter the images within the piece. 

You’ll learn how to:

  • Create a transfer using gesso, gel mediums, and paint
  • Use Gelatos, markers, or watercolors to add color
  • Integrate transfers into a mixed media piece

You’ll also learn about using clear gesso to create a writeable surface for doodling and journaling along with some basic stamp carving techniques.

Photo Transfers for Mixed Media Collage Work will teach you how to add a fun, unique element to your work and inspire you to get creative!

Class Materials

Bonus Materials With Purchase

Photo Transfer Handcarved Stamps.pdf

Photo Transfer Vintage Images.pdf

Bonus Materials with RSVP

Photo Transfers Supply List.pdf

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I like the class overall and it was nice to see a process with easy to find materials. It would be very useful for the students taking the class to have a list of materials needed. Clear Gesso, Decoupage and matte medium were mentioned... but which ones specifically and what brands? Also, I didn't see the use of watercolors (only gelatos). I wanted to see watercolors being used as mentioned in the class info.

Becky Holaway

I've taken both of Stephenie Hamen's classes on Creative Live. She's a great teacher, and I thoroughly enjoyed the class.

Lana Wright

I really liked this class! What I was wanting to learn is how to do photo transfers and I learned that and more. It was neat to see how stamps can be incorporated into the project. My 8-year-old son jumped in as I watched and now wants to give this type of project a try too. Perfect for our new homeschool life.