This lesson is all about image transfers and pop-ups. I hope you enjoy it because YOU asked for it!! And now, here it is. I'm starting with a few posts from before, then will continue with the main part of the lesson.
What I've done in the past:
Remember, you MUST use a photocopy with this technique, the only one I offer using a photocopy.
You place the page toner side down on the fabric or paper and swipe the pen over the places you want to transfer. It's immediate and you need very little rubbing, although you need more on the silk than on paper.
These transparencies were made using sticky book cover material. It's like clear contact paper, only a bit heavier. Both backgrounds are the same. They are made using pages from a phone book that I darkened using brown shoe polish. Both transparencies are of women and are basically the same size. They were ads in a freebie magazine I used to get each month. Please enlarge them to see how well they transferred.
Now that you've seen some examples, I will show how these were made. I will also have three more techniques next Sunday when I post my homework. I simply could NOT overload this post any further.
The actual lesson:
Originally, I took photos of each set of pages I was going to turn into transfers and the images I would use for those transfers. But since I'm now fighting having to pay for storage space on Blogger, I decided to delete them.
Starting back left and working clockwise:
Blender pen and old photocopies from books when I was getting my master's degree
Transparency and gel medium which you can't really see, but I'll demonstrate next Sunday
Orange cleaner and inkjet printed images
Packing tape (also called "cold laminate") and images from magazines
Clear contact "paper" which is nearly the same as packing tape, but used when magazine images are too large for packing tape
you should cut the images.
1. Never ever, ever, EVER dump the paper pulp down the drain, not even your toilet drain. Seriously, this stuff will dry and clog your pipes faster than a heart attack. Take the pulp water outside and dump it, if it's not winter. If it's winter and you can't get outside, pour it on one of your indoor plants.
2. This tape is shiny. You can see the shine even in this lousy photo.
1. Sometimes the outcomes are less predictable, even though you have burnished well. I've also read only the OLD contact paper works for this technique, but since mine is quite old, I've never had a problem with it and really have no way of knowing any difference.
2. This clear "tape" is not shiny, so it doesn't need matte medium.
(Image from the Liquitex web site)If you haven't had enough fun with magazine images, or don't have packing tape, you can also do the exact same technique by using either Liquitex gel medium,
(Photo from the Golden web site)
or one of the Golden gel mediums.
Instead of using packing tape, you can brush a thin layer of gel medium onto the back of the magazine image. Allow to dry, then brush a second thin layer on, only this time at a 90 degree angle to the first layer. Allow to dry, then add a third layer, this time adhering it to the substrate of your choice. You can use either fabric or paper for this, but be sure to cover the piece completely with the gel medium. Allow to dry for a third time, then soak and remove the paper backing from the magazine transfer as before. Be sure to collect the paper pulp in a container of water, just like before.
Several of you said you had trouble with this technique. This is not rocket science and some magazine images work better than others. You'll probably get more "less than perfect" images than perfect ones. That's the nature of this technique, which is often meant to have a vintage feel. Experiment with different magazines, because some will transfer better than others. Also, packing tape transfers better than clear contact paper.
Of course, if you don't have ANY magazines in your home, you can also use photocopies for the gel medium transfer technique. Since I'm so frugal, I try to stay away from transfers that require you to run out to the copy store, then have to ask if the copier makes TONER copies. If the clerk tells you the copier does not make toner copies, go elsewhere.
You saw the blending pen earlier, when I created image transfers on silk fabric. Before we begin, if you do an internet search for this pen, you are going to read that you need fresh toner copies. Every place I've been tells that same story. I'm here to tell you, I copied these book pages back in late 1989 or early 1990, when I was working on my master's degree, and had not yet moved to Wichita. I assure you, if you have old toner copies and a blending pen, use them. I promise, it will work!
as it did when I used the blender pen to transfer onto a book page. I sure learned something. This transfer technique does not work on paint.
You might be thinking that this sounds a lot like Citra-Solv, that wonderful product you use to alter National Geographic Magazines. Sadly, Citra-Solv works much like a blender pen on magazine images (see above). If you want to use Citra-Solv, you must use photocopies.
Remember, I'll be back next Sunday, when I will demonstrate how to use overhead transparencies to make image transfers (and anything else I can think of).
How to make a pop-up
I auditioned a lot of images for this technique and none of them fit the bill. So I painted a substrate and
Here's what I learned:
1. Although it is probably best to have a symmetrical image, you can always compensate, as long as the center of the image is in the center of the two page spread. You can see I compensated by extending the grass on the right side of the image, while the grass on the left side is bent directly against the house.
2. It is probably best to measure where you want your image, rather than guessing. If I were to do this again using a house image, I would not have allowed it to pop open quite as far.
3. Put your wet glue and your glue stick away. Spring for the double sided tape and use it to adhere your image to the pages. I suspect Elmer's, even gel medium, and the glue stick would have a tendency to slip once I slammed the book shut. And the double sided tape is instant. No need to wait for glue to dry.
4. It doesn't matter which side you adhere first, but both sides must be parallel to the center of the page and the image.
5. It would have been great to have one of those scoring tools for the pop-up. I had a hard time getting the house image scored properly, as you might be able to tell from the photo.
6. Regardless what image you use, it is best (in my opinion) to make sure it's on cardstock. If you are using flimsy scrapbook paper or an image from a book, be sure to back it with cardstock.
Suggested supplies you will need for Lesson 19:
A scanner or digital camera
Your altered book with completed pages
Homework (totally optional, but always appreciated):
I admit I spent a lot of time on this post, including all the problems I'm having with Blogger. So I hope you will honor me with lots of links showing either an image transfer or a pop-up, or both. And if all those transfers weren't enough, please visit again next Sunday, when I will make three more.
It's share time!
It’s time to show us your interpretation of Lesson 16, where you played with fabric in some way. As always, please be sure the link is to the specific post or posts, not to your blog in general. You may also post ANY previous lesson here. Just add the lesson number after your name, please. And thank you SO much for sticking with this class. It's been a lot of fun for me and I hope it has been for you, too.