Wednesday 11 July 2018

2018 #12 Transfers: Transfers on Clay {by Alison Hall}

2018 Topic 12: Transfers

Hmmm I've been wondering if this was possible, and Alison now shows us how, not 1 but 3 ways! What wonderful results! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Alison/Craftytrog with you today, and I'd like to share with you some transfers I did onto oven-bake clay. When I decided to create a project for this challenge, I thought I'd check out YouTube to see if I could find a different sort of transfer technique. I found a few videos using clay which looked pretty cool, so thought I would give a couple of the techniques a try. For my projects, I've used both paper napkins and laser prints with Premo Polymer Clay.

The first technique I used was the paper napkin one. This involved separating the 3 layers of the napkin, and using the top layer, image face down on the clay. You just roll out your clay, gently burnish the tissue image onto the clay using your fingers, cut your required shape, then bake it with the tissue still in place, as directed on the clay packaging.

Placing cling film over the clay and tissue whilst cutting, gives smooth and rounded edges. Once cooked and cooled, pop the piece into water, then use your finger to rub away the tissue to reveal the image transferred onto the clay. 

I also used a few laser printouts on the clay, a black & white photo of my daughter, part of one of my own art pieces, and also a free background download by artist Carolyn Dube. This technique involves placing the image face down on the clay, then using cotton wool to dab it with rubbing alcohol. I used Isopropanol. You need to apply the alcohol a few times, leaving it to dry out in between. Carefully lift the image to check whether the image has transferred, and also be careful not to slide the image whilst dabbing on the alcohol. 

The black and white image didn't transfer well, but the others turned out pretty good.

I found both techniques fairly easy to do, although I put the napkin image on the wrong way up in my first attempt, which resulted in no image on the clay! Lol! That was rather disheartening, but I persevered and was pleased with my second attempt. The piece with the birds in the centre below, was made with a napkin image, onto a partial laser print transfer. I really like this double effect. After baking, you can also use alcohol pens to accentuate the colours of your clay transfers if you wish. 

I decided to make a few cards with my clay transfer pieces. I stamped backgrounds using images from PaperArtsy Ink & The Dog stamp sets

The Premo Clay is very light once baked, so it works very well on cards.

Making transfers onto the clay were fun techniques to do, and I would encourage you to give them a try. You could also use your clay pieces to decorate boxes and canvases. On one video I looked at, the artist rolled out her clay a bit thinner, and made book marks, which I think is a lovely idea. I look forward to seeing your clay projects for the Transfer Challenge.

Alison x

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Miriam said...

wonderful techniques Alison - great projects

Flo Langley said...

Oooo! that's clever. Fabulous results Ali. Thanks for sharing the technique.
Flo x

Lucy said...

This is such a brilliant post Alison: great experiments and great results, and I love the cards you have made them into,

Lucy x

Helen said...

these are gorgeous, Alison! what a great idea.

Artmadnana said...

Oh Alison. What a great post. I love the idea of baking on the serviette tissue images. I can't wait to try that. Your bird results are absolutely gorgeous. I love the way you've mounted them too with beautifully chosen stamped images around the transferred images. Great post. said...

What you did was inspiring Alison. It's also great to know that you had a few slips along the .to steal the time to play

pearshapedcrafting said...

What brilliant transfers! I love the cards you made too! Chrisx

Cheryl said...

What terrific ideas, Alison. I love what you did. Thanks for the ideas and inspiration.🌸

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Fabulous shared technique and tutorial Alison, your transfers look amazing xx

froebelsternchen said...

Thank you very much for trying all this - you got fantastic results dear ALison and the cards are so unique with this lovely pieces you created!

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, what amazing techniques! I loved reading your tutorial and was mesmerised by the results 😁. The cards that you created with them are so beautiful too - perfect 😁. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a happy week! J 😊 x

Sue said...

These are so good Alison, fab tutorial and the finished cards are beauties xx

Etsuko said...

What a stunning project Alison. Transcription on clay is a great idea and beautiful result. I love them!! xx

SewPaperPaint said...

These are truly exquisite Alison! I love the cut out shapes as well as the organic ones. Both effects leave highly desirable results and your finished cards are all masterpieces!