In this post I will show you how to create transparent transfers using medium gel which can be incorporated into a piece of textile art work. To create the transfer you need a printed copy of the image, I decided to experiment with three different images, one of the images can be seen below.
Once the gel has dried thoroughly – if you can be patient it’s better to wait 24 hours – place the image into some water and start rubbing the paper side gently with your fingers, some people use sponges but for this process I like to use my fingers as you can feel when most of the paper has been removed. Magically the image starts to appear, be patient you need to make sure all the paper has been removed or you are left with a thin misting of paper over the image.
Once you are happy all the paper has been removed leave the images to dry, they do shrink slightly. If when dry you notice some paper still remaining, damp the area and gently rub with your finger.
Below are the finished images, I have placed a piece of colored cloth behind to show the transparency of the transfers.
In my next post I will be exploring how to apply the paper images directly onto fabric. Remember keep playing & keep having fun.