MATERIALS
DMethod: Gel Skin Medium Transfer
(see page 26)
Dpiece of metal with a smooth, clean surface
Dgreen scouring pad or cotton ball and
rubbing alcohol (optional)
Dglue brush
Dgel medium
Dblack-and-white photocopy (reversed)
Dsponge and water
Dcooking oil (optional)
CONSIDERATIONS
Check the hardware or craft store for interest-
ing and inexpensive pieces of metal. I like to
use galvanized sheeting or small metal tags.
Metallic Photo
M
etal and other nonporous surfaces can be hard to transfer onto. Gel
medium is one of the best methods to use for a successful transfer.
Because gel is translucent, the surface of your metal base will shine
through, giving your image great depth and dimension. is method works best
with high-contrast black-and-white images. I love transferring vintage images
onto metal. I’m inspired by early photographic tintypes. Although I’m partial to
portraits, images of clouds, landscapes, and water look beautiful, too. You can
also paint on top of the gel surface to add a so blanket of color.
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PROJECT
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PLAYING WITH IMAGE TRANSFERS
Tip
If you’ve removed as much paper as possi-
ble but still have a few fibers and risk damag-
ing your image with further rubbing, add a
bit of cooking oil onto the surface and buff
for a satin shine.
1
Make sure your metal
surface is clean of grease.
You can lightly buff it with a green
scouring pad or use a cotton ball
and rubbing alcohol to remove
any residue.
2
Brush an even coat of gel
medium on the clean, dry
surface of the metal. (See A.)
3
Place the photocopy face
down into the wet gel
and lightly burnish with your
fingertips. Allow to completely
dry! Drying can take up to several
hours. To test, gently peel back a
corner of the photocopy. If the gel
lifts with the paper, the transfer
is not ready. If the paper tears
away, then you’re good to start
the next step.
4
With a damp sponge, gently remove the
paper backing using circular motions.
Add small amounts of water as necessary
and remove the paper pills as you go. (See B.)
Continue until all the paper backing is removed.
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B

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