Wednesday, September 8, 2010

photo transfer

... is something I've been playing with a little bit...


for this example I started with an inkjet image
(my own photo) and some watercolor paper


I tore the edges using a ruler,
and I marked the corner placement with a tiny pencil dot


I adhered the image, face down, using mod podge


when the MP was dry,
I soaked the back of the inkjet image with water
and began rubbing the paper off



what remains is the ink and a very thin layer of the inkjet paper
as you can see, it's an imperfect result


some areas transfer well


some areas - not so well



but this is exactly what I was hoping to achieve
a sort of ghostly and soft image
when I was done, I applied a coat of MP as a clear coat
helping to bring up the color a little bit 


33 comments:

Dianne said...

I like the resulting softness of the transfer... Thanks!

raletourn50 said...

I love the effect and so want to try it thanks

sukipoet said...

I have tried many methods of transfer and failed at them all. this one is lovely and gives the effect you wanted. Great!

Terri Kahrs said...

What a pretty effect, Kimmie! And a perfect way to keep a treasured memory. I'll have to give the Mod Podge a try! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Carola Zajdman said...

This is great !!!! love the image !!

ale said...

qué lindo kimmie!!is like a very poetic image!!!!!lovely!! and lovely tutorial!!!!!! muchos besos!!!!!!

paperpedaler said...

WOW, Kimmie! This is an awesome look using your own photographs. Might have to give this a try myself. Thanks for sharing!

sharon said...

This is beautiful Kimmie! Thanks for sharing.

Gaby Bee said...

I love the effect, Kimmie. I have tried many methods of transfer, but I was not satisfied with my outcomes.
Thanks for the tutorial!

Halle said...

This is beautiful! Love the softness and ethereal quality of the transfer.

La Dolce Vita said...

it is what I love about transfers, that faded antique look!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

I agree with Cat ... the look is wonderful ... magical and mystical!
oxo

Renee Howell said...

Kimmie - thanks again for sharing your how-tos. Beautiful. Your sharing always lifts my spirit. Thank you! Will give it a try this weekend! Hope you are well!

Kat said...

Thanks so much for this post! I can't wait to try it!

Odd Chick said...

I have tried this with varying results. Your result, however, was right on- the sea and the mystical feel of the transfer really worked so well together!

Nancy said...

This is beautiful, must give it a try :)

Teri said...

I've done something similar with Gel Medium. I assuming that you put the MP on the photo before you put it face down on the paper right? I have coated the photo with the gel medium, let it dry and then rubbed away the back. It almost become transparent. A bit different than your final image but still nice effect.

Elizabeth said...

Wow. That's amazing. Is it possible for a non-artist to try this?

*jean* said...

i love the imperfect transfer! it suits you so well! lovely results, kimmie...

ELK said...

another wonder in your long line of creative moments..to answer your question 5 dollars in not too much to ask at all...happy weekend K

Photocat said...

My transfers never come out nearly as nice. I must be doing something wrong but still trying to figure out what it is exactly that I am doing wrong. I will keep trying. Your transfer looks so beautiful. It has a special charm that the print is not equal, Love it!

Catharina Maria said...

Kimmie ,I will make also such beautiful work.
Love , love , love it !!!!
And the transfers on the seaglass are beautiful too !
Love ♥RINI♥

Lisa said...

WOW! What a great idea. I read about something similar some years ago - you take a postcard, soak in warm water and do the same , slowing rub off the back layers of paper. It worked very well but your idea is softer and ghostlier ( is that a word?)
Thanks for sharing, Lis

Sally said...

I love these, they look beautiful! I would definitely try these as cute little gifts! I love your art and blog :)

BlackDagger said...

Hey thanks for this post, it's great :) Could you clarify a few things for me though? After the glue dries, you put only water onto it, right? I didn't get that step quite right? ^^

Kim Andersen said...

Here is a more recent tutorial: http://artinredwagons.blogspot.com/2013/06/photo-transfer-tutorial.html

It's more detailed and may answer your questions

sez said...

Lovely! & thank you! I can't wait to try this ;)

Rhonda Mariano said...

Is this the same method for the sea glass with the photo?

Rhonda Mariano said...

Is this the same method for the sea glass with the photo?

Kim Andersen said...

Yes it is Rhonda

Faith said...

I like that the pic did not perfectly transfer, makes it look handmade.

Mary Decker said...

Thank you for the tutorial. Can't wait to try it on beach glass!

kim TangledBlueRose said...

So dreamy beautiful! Love the transfer look. So happy to have found your blog and thanks for sharing!~kim