Monday 2 July 2018

2018 #12 Transfers: Express Transfer Solution {by Helen Chilton}

2018 Topic 12: Transfers

Helen kicks off this new topic with a product that allows you to easily transfer onto pretty much any non-porous surface. Watch her put it through the paces to see how it stacks up! 
~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Helen with you today, and I'd like to share with you a project using the Pentart Express Transfer Solution. I never used to bother with transferring images (seemed too much of a faff) until I found this stuff which produces almost instant results. You can print out any image on a laser printer and transfer it to all sorts of surfaces. Don't worry if you don't have a laser printer at home, just print off on your Inkjet and then photocopy the images on a commercial photocopier - at a printers or the library - as these tend to use laser technology.

As you can see from the following photos, I've tried it out on tons of different surfaces - the only criteria is that it must be porous, so no glass, metal or glossy card. It also doesn't seem to like gesso or paint very much - don't know if it's something to do with the oil in the solution.

I've made a book of tags showing different transfers, including ones that didn't work so well, and then written notes on the back.

The stamps and stencils I used on some of them were by Scrapcosy and JOFY.

 Eclectica³ Scrapcosy Set 03 (ESC03)
PaperArtsy Stencil {JoFY} 086 (PS086)

Print out the image and roughly cut out leaving space around it.

Flip over and stick to card. Worth remembering that the image will be reversed, so reverse all text before printing out.

Dip cotton bud in solution,

blot off excess,

rub over back of image,

and burnish fairly hard with a bone folder.

Pull up edge to see if it's working.

And hey presto, there you go! Told you it was quick! You get quite a vintage effect.

Here are some other surfaces. Love the way the beehive seems to take on the stamped background.

You can transfer images one on top of the other and over various backgrounds. I had trouble with the paint background though - it slipped and slided. Not sure if the oil in the solution reacted with the paint.

Was amazed at the clearness of the transfer on wood. The bisque, canvas and fabric were all more subdued but the those surfaces have more texture.

Here are some of the pages from my book. These both have stamped backgrounds but the one on the right is much softer.

These are all done on patterned paper but with very different types of images. Don't forget you can colour in the transferred image  as with the lightbulb. 

Here I've used colored card - Oxides on Kraft. I chose a black outline image so it would show up.

The strong backgrounds here - Brushos and Infusions - also needed strong black images or they'd be lost.

See what I mean about losing the image? The lily on the right is not quite dark enough. The middle flowers were fairly pale as well.

One of the main things I learnt with this technique is that you need to choose your images carefully. If the colours are too light they won't show up over a background. Also you start to notice that some images have black outlines which also helps.

I use The Graphics Fairy as my image source (wonderful site) and then edit them in PicMonkey.

For me the whole point of image transfer is so that you can transfer onto surfaces that you can't directly print onto and this Express Solution certainly enables that and is both quick and easy to use. Also imagine being able to add any text you like in whatever font you like without having to have the right stamps.

I love being able to incorporate transferred images into stamping, adding another layer to your mixed media projects. I hope you feel inspired to have a go.


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Helen said...

what a great experiment, Helen!

Miriam said...

Stunning project to start the topic - I love your experiments Helen.

Lucy said...

What a fantastic post, Helen I love all the examples and ideas you have given!

Lucy x

SewPaperPaint said...

What a great product. Your results are incredible and so inspiring. Hugs, Autumn

Chris said...

Love all your samples Helen and the tag book is beautiful! x

Etsuko said...

Wow! these are great technique and beautiful results Helen. xx

Etsuko said...

This is great technique and beautiful results Helen. xx

Unknown said...

Does it have to be a laser printer is there any way I can just use my regular printer and this would still work