There are other approaches to creating transfers using medium gel but before we take that journey I want to share with you a finished piece of work incorporating two of the transfers I created. Using my camera I captured the image of a Peregrine in flight & the moon rising over ‘The Rumps’ in Polzeath, Cornwall. I made adjustments to both the images on Photoshop and then used both these images to create transfers on to fabric.
I used a mixture of mediums to create the image but primarily textiles, wool, embroidery thread & acrylic paint.
I’ve had great fun creating this image & I can’t wait to get started on the next. I hope you enjoy looking as much as I have enjoyed creating. Need to mount and frame then it will be for sale, price to follow 😀
Who would believe there are so many ways of creating transfers using medium gel! Well I’m definitely having fun exploring them, so much so I think it’s worth continuing to share them. The method I’m sharing in this post is using images printed on paper and transferring them onto fabric. The general rule is to use photocopies or laser jet prints. I have always been one to break the rules and as I only have access to a photocopier or inkjet printer I decided to use some of my inkjet prints. I found they work just as well, you have to be careful when rubbing off the paper to not remove the image, but it does work.
Once you have chose an image select some fabric and cut to size, make sure it is larger than the image you want to use. I used a disappearing pen to mark where I wanted the image to go, not necessary but it does insure you don’t put medium where it’s not needed.
I secure the fabric with masking tape, not too much as it can be difficult to take off. Then apply a generous but even layer of medium, I make sure it’s thick enough to still see but not so thick that I can’t see the fabric through it.
Once you are happy with the amount of medium applied place your image face down on the fabric & medium. Be careful not to slide the image as it will cause it to smudge.
Once applied you need to gently burnish the image with your finger or a spoon to make sure all of the image is in contact with the fabric. If there are any air bubbles, no matter how small the image won’t take.
Now come the part which tests your patience. You have to wait until the image is completely dry before revealing the image, if you try to remove the paper to soon the image will also come away. Once dry, I dip the fabric in water quickly then lie it flat and gently rub with a sponge or my fingers to remove the paper and watch the image reveal itself, again, be careful when rubbing that you don’t remove the image as well. I like the effect of some of the image being removed.
If paper fibers reappear when the fabric is dry, carefully wet the area and gently rub with your finger you will feel the paper lift away. I rinse under a tap quickly to take away any residual paper but don’t over rinse.
Once the image is dry you can incorporate it in artwork or leave it as it is both approaches are beautiful. Below is the image dried and waiting for me to decide what to do with it.
I hope you have a go at some of these techniques and explore use of different surfaces as I intend to.
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.