forward or back?

Those of you who know me well, will understand when I say I am the queen of the "transfer challenged". This is a woman who, in my nursing career, could help deliver a baby, pick the overcome father up off the floor and marvel over the wonderfully beautiful squalling baby with one hand tied behind my back... and when it comes to transfers, that competence all comes to a screeching halt. Yes - I have tried them all. Ok, I admit....packing tape transfers I can do. Yesterday I decided that it would be THE DAY that I would conquer that (to me) elusive technique of gel transfers. I had some watercolor paper gessoed and inked - put down a thin layer of Golden gel medium, placed the image on top, rubbed away... and these are the results.*Something* is going wrong here. Yes... this is an unabashedly shameful plea for help from those of you out there who could at least point me in the right direction. Another technique, maybe? Tips? Any and all comments will be most gratefully accepted!!!


Blogger Daisy Lupin said...

Just to say thank you for visiting my website, I have just been browsing yours and your incredible artwork. Also had a look at magpie and am totally bowled over by it, what an incredible idea, and what a tremendous undertaking. I am in awe of all of you who are participating. A whole deck of cards. WOW! I have along way to go but I feel inspired now. Love Daisy Lupin.

Thursday, June 22, 2006 2:12:00 PM  
Anonymous cathy said...

I just wanted to say that I like your new banner.

Thursday, June 22, 2006 10:59:00 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Hi Deb,

I can't help you here I'm afraid because I have never tried an image transfer so far, but I'm intrigued and I love making paper collages. Actually I'm popping in to thank you for the nice comment you've left on my blog. I'm happy to have dicovered your art blog now, I love mixed media art blogs because they are so very inspiring!Your banner is beautiful and your blog name is too and your making great art! I'll be back!

Friday, June 23, 2006 6:00:00 AM  
Blogger One Crabapple said...

yo know what I tried....and I dont know if this is "right" but I liked the results...!

I had my photo copy and it was fresh BTW and just on regular printing paper. I put the gel right on that....thin layer , very even. After it dried, I put the whole thing in water...ran under faucett and gently rubbed away the image. Then I put that down on my ground when it was dry.

used it on fabric too and you can stitch thru it and use colored pencil on it - which was fun.

Let me know what you think !

p.s. images off of a copier that uses TONER work well too. With my ink printer...the images were lighter but if the ink was fresh it seemed to do better.

Friday, June 23, 2006 11:59:00 AM  
Blogger One Crabapple said...

and anyways..I am not sure what you think is wrong with these !

These look great.

Friday, June 23, 2006 12:01:00 PM  
Blogger audrey said...

Deb...just had to tell you that I still think they look great :0)

Friday, June 23, 2006 2:08:00 PM  
Blogger Mauricio said...

Hi Deb!

The new collage are wonderful, 3 sepia childĀ“s. Very good! I like too your banner

Well, everything is very pretty.

From Rio, my best

Friday, June 23, 2006 8:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Cris said...


First of all, your banner rocks! It looks great and I may ask for your help in designing one for myself. About the transfers, these actually came out great! They have an ols, vintage "feel" to them. I am not an expert by any means, but I read on Barb Smith's blog that when you lie the photo down on the gel-covered surface, burnish it really well and let it dry completely before you peel it back. She said the key is letting it dry completely. Her blog is linked on mine and Audrey's. Hope this helps.

Saturday, June 24, 2006 9:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Cris said...

By the way, are those YOUR pieces I see in the current issue (July/August) of Sommerset Studio? If so, congratulations!!

Saturday, June 24, 2006 9:44:00 AM  
Blogger Alexiev said...

Que buenas fotos antiguas... me gustaron mucho...
Saludos desde Buenos Aires...

Saturday, June 24, 2006 11:09:00 AM  
Blogger AnnieElf said...

I gave up on transfers ages ago. I'm a total glutz and all thumbs. Love your new banner. HOW do you do that? The html defeats me. Show and tell helps more. By the way, I LIKE the way the transfers turned out.

Sunday, June 25, 2006 2:19:00 AM  
Blogger kathywas said...

Hi Deb!

First of all, I'm going with the consensus to let you know that your new banner rocks!!

Now to the gel transfer. I think that it looks great. Most of the time these never come out perfectly, but having the ragged edges really adds to that vintage effect.

One thing that might be bothering you is that the transfer is "getting lost" in the background. I like to put a coating of white gesso in the area in which I am going to apply the transfer. That way, I get a more vivid image and it is offset with a little variance of color surrounding it. Take a look at some of my pieces for a visual.

Also..you mentioned that you apply a thin layer of Gel Matte Medium. It might be drying out before you are able to completely burnish the image. Try putting some of the Gel Medium in the area in which you wish to apply your image, and also add a somewhat generous layer to the back of the image itself. It sometimes takes practice to get just the right amount. You want enough so that it is still moist when you apply the image, but not so much that it is squeezing out from behind the image when you go to burnish it. I usually use the back of a spoon to burnish, and go in a circular motion. Concentrate on the faces and essential elements FIRST. You will know that you are getting a good transfer when you go to pull off your image and the paper seems to be sticking to the background.

If you have any additional problems or questions, just email me! Good luck!!

Sunday, June 25, 2006 2:13:00 PM  
Blogger dogfaeriex5 said...

i think it is very cool, like it is!! i would buy it!! love that golden color,,,
you rock~*~*~dont doubt yourself..

Thursday, June 29, 2006 4:41:00 PM  

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