Thursday, March 26, 2015

Liquitex Photo Transfer

Hi there! Photo transfer projects are very popular right now, so today I will show you how it's done so you can jump on this trend!

You will need the following supplies:
-Any size canvas, depending on the size of photo to be transferred
-Liquitex Gloss Medium and Varnish (can also use Liquitex Gloss Gel, Heavy Gloss Gel or Super Heavy Gloss Gel)
-Acrylic Paint
-Paint brushes
-A photo or magazine cut out (it will be destroyed so I don't recommend using originals unless you have duplicates)

First, place your photo on a nonstick surface.  I used a spare piece of glass. Brush the Liquitex gloss medium over your photo to adhere it. Apply several coats so you have a thick layer of medium.  Set it aside to dry.

While your gloss medium is drying, paint your canvas with a background that will match your photo. Keep in mind the photo transfer will be transparent so your background will show through.  For my project, I painted the canvas a solid color then painted a large peony on one side, leaving space for my photo transfer.

Set your canvas aside and go back to your photo.  When it is dry it will be completely transparent, not cloudy.  Carefully peel off your photo from the nonstick surface and place it in a bowl of water.  Let it soak for at least 10 minutes.

After it is completely saturated, take it out of the water.  Flip it over and gently rub off the paper.  You can use your fingers or a wet sponge.  Be careful so you don't rip the layer of gloss medium as it is very fragile.  Once all the paper is removed you will be left with your transfer.

Let the water dry or gently wipe dry with a paper towel.  Flip it back over so the side you just rubbed off the paper from is underneath.  Adhere your transfer to your canvas by placing it down where you want it then brushing over with more Liquitex Gloss Medium and Varnish.  I recommend using your fingers to smooth down the edges and any bubbles that might form.  Continue to brush the gloss medium over the entire surface.  Let it dry then enjoy your new masterpiece!

This project is perfect for a personalized gift or your own unique decoration.  The transfer can also be applied to wood for a more rustic, shabby chic look.

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Until next time, happy crafting!

Rachel @ Mapunapuna


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