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Acrylic Image Transfers on Panel

Mixed media and collage work continue to push the boundaries of art, and experimentation is endless in this genre.  One of the more popular methods of utilizing imagery is by an image transfer, from either a photocopy or print.  There are several methods of doing such and most of them have been tried and tested by our friends at Golden Artist Colors.  

One of the easier and quicker methods of transferring is through a direct image transfer onto the substrate using an acrylic medium or gel.  Since Ampersand panels are smooth and flat, prints go on easily.  

Simply copy the image on a Xerox machine or through a laser printer.  Brush on a thin layer of the chosen gel or medium and press the image face down into the medium.  Place a layer of HDPE plastic over the image to prevent tearing.  Burnish the print evenly with a plastic scraper and wait a minute or two.  Begin removing the top layer of paper to check if the image has transferred.  Remove the rest of the paper with a fingertip and a bit of water by rubbing gently.  If needed, allow the image to sit a while longer and remove the rest of the paper when the image area has dried more.  The video below will show the process in detail, with instruction from Mike Townsend, a Golden Materials Applications Specialist and artist.

There are more methods of image transfer on the Golden website with acrylic products.  If you have a technique you’d like to share, comment here on our blog or join us on Facebook.

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
Ampersand Art Supply 

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Encaustic Image Transfers on Panel


Artwork by Cynthia Winika

Encaustic Transfers
Encaustic image transfer is the transference of a printed or drawn image onto wax. The adhesive properties of wax allow images to be transferred; a burnisher or spoon is the only tool necessary for transferring onto wax.

Black and white and colored photocopies and some computer ink jet and laser prints (all of which can be enlarged or reduced), carbon and graphite paper, graphite, charcoal, pastel, and oil drawings, colored transfer tape/book embossing tape, press type, and images transferred onto waxed paper can all be transferred onto wax.

The best method for transferring is to place the print or drawing face down onto a smooth, flat waxed surface that has been fused within the last half hour. The wax surface can be either encaustic medium or the pigmented paint. A smooth surface works best, as a textured surface will not pick up all the details of the image. Using the etching burnisher with pressure, rub in an overlapping circular manner the entire back of the image. This makes the image transfer from the paper to the tacky wax. If you are transferring from carbon paper or transfer tape, use a rounded tip (ball point) pen to avoid tearing the paper or tape. Certain copy machines make prints that are harder to transfer than others (the best machines are those in which the heat-setting device is broken or older machines in which the toner is less permanent or does not penetrate into the paper).

If the image does not transfer after the burnishing step, wet the back of the paper and continue to burnish. Pull off the paper, if it sticks, dab on more water and gently rub/roll the paper off. A small amount of paper stuck to the surface will not matter since the next step involves fusing which will transparentize any paper that remains. A light fusing should be done so that the wax encapsulates the transferred image. Allow the surface to cool. Keep in mind that the image will be delicate because it is close to the surface. It can be left this way or, apply a thin layer of medium over it to make it less vulnerable. A heavy fusing will cause the image to break up, and may leave an interesting effect. 

~from the Encaustic Resource Center on R+F Handmade Paints  

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