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The Art of Transfering

Article ID: 40
Written by: megawheels
Written on: Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:29 pm
Article Description: A quick overfew of the transfering technique
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Transferring is a technique numerous artists use, whether it be contemporary artists or even graffiti artists. Many have developed ideas involving several layers of transfers, and even drawing or painting over them. It is a great and easy way to create new and exciting art, allowing you to develop new styles within your artistic career.

Traditional Transfer Process:

1) Apply Acrylic Matte Medium to top front of Image desired for transfer
2) Apply to desired surface for transfer
3) Let the ink Adhere to the Surface by placing image face down on desired area
4) Rub out all of the air bubbles in order to create a clean, transferred image
5) Let Dry (can use blow dryer but keep in mind that the materials may be flammable)
6) Once dry, wet fingers with water and rub off layers of paper. This step must be done gradually in order to avoid rubbing off or smearing the actual image. Take only one layer off at a time.

Tips: A good surface to initially practice transferring images upon is cardboard as it is easily obtained and generally receives transfers well.

  • Avoid getting matte medium on the back of the image used for the transfer. This causes the matte medium to act as glue, thereby causing pieces of paper to stick to the surface, essentially ruining your piece, unless you are looking to do this intentionally (I suggest experimenting with it, you might actually create some interesting and unique pieces-or it may turn out into a mess).
  • Avoid using too much matte medium. If one uses an excess amount, there is a higher risk of air bubbles, smearing, or discoloration; and it will take a lot longer to dry.
  • One can rub off the layers of paper within their own discretion in order to achieve desired effects/illusions. For instance, a clean, clear transfer can be achieved if all layers are removed while a foggy, vague image can be obtained if layers of paper are left on.

From my experience, the best images to transfer are those from magazines, the ink and paper create an easier and cleaner transfer, allowing for the most color to transfer over. If one intends to create an original image to transfer, I suggest drawing the image, and then copying it using a photocopier. Ink from a pen doesn’t always transfer, whereas the ink from a printer does.

The main thing with transfers is practice. The more practice you do, the more mistakes you make, allowing for new techniques to be born. There are numerous techniques already out there, so research and find what works for you.

Other ideas for surfaces:
Birch wood ( a smooth wooden surface) – avoid using on burnished wood as the ink will not be absorbed into the wood and will most likely flake or peel off.
Any type of cloth
Packing Tape
On glass or wax paper- this will allow you to create “skins” which you can do various things with.
This article was last edited by Singular on Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:45 pm
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