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Wednesday, 9 December 2009

I've been having fun playing with this simple photo transfer technique recently. I like the slightly tarnished, ghostly images it gives! All you need to try this technique is an image on your computer, some glossy photo paper, and a surface to transfer it onto (these are on paper and card but you could experiment with other surfaces). The photo paper must be glossy not matt, and happily, I've found the cheaper the paper, the better! Simply print your image onto the photo paper, then mist it with a thin spray of water. Place it image side down onto your paper, then apply some pressure - I use the back of a spoon for this. Then lift gently, taking care not to smudge the image. There are lots of different ways to make photo trasfers; this one is really cheap and easy. Results can be a bit unpredictable but that's half the fun!

9 comments:

  1. OK if you say so...I'm gonna try it. It sounds so very easy and of course everything you do is gorgeous...I'll let you know how it comes out. thanks bunches

    tootles,
    bunny

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  2. wow!! what a wonderful way to do a transfer!! and i actually like the results of the photos ... they look "artistic" :) i shall definitely try this :) thanks for sharing this technique!

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  3. Bunny thanks for the compliment! Honestly it is reeeeaally easy!

    Luthien you can get much more "polished" images using other techniques, but I like the "artistic" look too!

    I'd love to see what you both do if you try it out!

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  4. I love how "painterly" these are, especially without having to use paint1 I don't suppose this would work with a laser printer? Oh well, I'll just have to admire yours :)

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  5. This is fabulous Angie, thank you so much for sharing the technique and I love how your images came out, very cool!

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  6. i did my first image transfer last week. i bought a book "image transfer workshop" & tried the easiest one with clear packing tape. what fun! i'm gonna try yours. very artsy!

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  7. Stephanie I don't think it would work with a laser printer but there are lots of other photo transfer methods!

    Sharon thank you!

    Pat I've tried the tape method, too - I like that you get different results with different methods - experimenting is fun! :)

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  8. I've not tried with a photograph, but I love using magazine images and gel medium. Like you, the bit I like best is that you never know what you're gonna get (cue Forrest Gump moment...)

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  9. I love the soft, very rustic images its created using this technique, fab and very artistic!!

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