Saturday 27 February 2016

2016 #4 Enjoy the Little Things {by Penny Nuttall}

 2016 Topic 4: Image Transfers

Hi everyone Penny here, with a post to share this evening on the subject of image transfers.

I have often used this method of transferring drawings onto canvas using a black inkjet photocopy, but had never tried a colour copy.....until now. The project developed step by step with no real idea at the start of colour or material choice, it just grew. More exciting that way!

The first step was to gesso a background piece of canvas board, (ooooo nooo not the gesso!). Thankfully I managed this without major carpet incident.

Next, the choice of photocopy: it needs to be an inkjet printed image as this type of ink is water-based. I applied a layer of matt medium to the canvas board and placing the image ink DOWN, smoothed it carefully and then burnished with the back of a spoon.DO NOT get any medium on the upper side of the paper.(Note: the image is reversed so allow for this when photocopying if it matters). It needs to dry thoroughly overnight.

When dry, I sprayed it with water and carefully rubbed the paper with my finger to reveal the ink underneath. Magic.

That's my boy!
To meld the picture into the background, I brushed on a generous layer of gesso around the edges, and stamped texture into it with Kim Dellow's circles stamp (EKD01).

Until this point I had not chosen a colour palette, but as soon as the lovely faded colours of the photocopy appeared, it was obvious......I picked the Fresco colours that matched and extended the edges outwards onto the canvas.(Dolly Mix, Dusty Teal, Coral, Granny Smith and Haystack), spritzing with water to blend.

Then the stamping. I love Kim's joyful, happy designs (EKD02). In keeping with the delicacy of the background colours, I thought.......vellum and white embossing powder.

Vellum does not like a lot of water, so I used the Fresco paint straight from the bottle, in some of the background colours.

AWWWW the little birds!

I collaged the cut out stampings. If you put the glue in little dots with a wooden toothpick behind the painted bits you cant see it :).
And finally...... "Enjoy the little things"

I intend to work more like this....not trying to think of an end result but just letting one step lead to the next. Why not try it?

Thank you for joining me, back again soon,

Aww Penny I am love with this lil guy, so utterly gorgeous. You have done him proud with this wonderful project, a true keepsake. I didn't think Kim's stamps could get any better but using them on vellum has added a whole new look; combining the bold with the delicate. ~Darcy 

We would love to see how you interpret this Image Transfers  topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #4: Image Transfers, on this page HERE.
All of our bloggers love to see your twist on their ideas,  particularly if you were inspired directly by their post. 
All links go in the draw to win a £50 voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Image Transfers link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, March 6th. The winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.


Helen said...

What a gorgeous canvas; subtle colours, great results! glad your carpet is ok too..

Lauren Hatwell said...

Wow! What a beautiful canvas! I am SO impressed you managed a gel medium transfer. Your gorgeous little dog looks lovely in the funky flower garden you've created. Lx

Miriam said...

fabulous canvas....and another great way to use Kim 's stamps

Ruth said...

Fabulous canvas and love the vellum trees, works beautifully...and just love your pooch! Ruth xx

craftimamma said...

Love the frame created with the stamped images to show off your beautiful friend Penny! Gorgeous muted background to compliment the image too. Love it!

Lesley Xx

Craftyfield said...

Fantastic canvas, I love how the photo melts into the background!

Julie Lee said...

What an effective use of image transfer. He looks adorable framed by Kim's stamps. I'll never forget when I accidentally tipped half a massive tub of gesso onto my living-room carpet. Luckily we had a friend's very practical young daughter staying with us and she worked some kind of magic and saved my life! xx

Katrina said...

Beautiful layout, love the way you used the tree stamps. Just one thing though, did you mean you needed a toner photocopy rather than an inkjet one? I have done this transfer method a few times and if you use an inkjet copy, which I have done before now without thinking, all the ink will bleed. Sometimes you can get away with it if the inkjet is a few days old but the best way is to use a toner photocopy then the colours stay true.

pennylopes54 said...

Hi Katrina, I used an inkjet printer for this. I put the Matt medium on the board not the image so no smudging and allowed to dry overnight. You do lose a bit of intensity of colour but I really like the vintage pastel effect, and the lovely Fresco colours to match :)

Unknown said...

I love this, can't wait to try it , watch this space!

Hazel Agnew said...

This is stunning the image and all the stamping is so cute and complements the image perfectly! Inspiring me to have a go! Xx

Hazel Agnew said...

This is stunning the image and all the stamping is so cute and complements the image perfectly! Inspiring me to have a go! Xx

Unknown said...

Aww, that's very sweet-love your colours!!

Kirsten said...

That is so cute!!

Keren Baker said...

This is really beautiful! Love the colours and the soft transfer!

Kim Dellow said...

Oh wow! That is wonderful! Love the way you did the transfer and how it matches with my stamps! Totally fabulous work Penny! Kx