Soulcrafting: How to do a Gel Medium Transfer
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Do you ever want to use an image from a magazine or scrapbooking paper, but it’s just too bright? Or maybe you want to make your collage a little more textured than your glossy images will allow? An image transfer using gel medium may be just the thing.
I made a slide show to show you step-by-step how it’s done. It’s not hard but you do need to check your perfectionism at the door. Gel medium transfers have an antiqued effect. So be gentle with yourself and give it a few tries. I think you will like it.
Here are some things to remember:
- If you want to write on your collage do so before you add the cold wax. It’s hard to write on the waxed paper.
- The image you get on your finished page will be the reverse of the original. So scan it in and flip it if you want it to be oriented the same as the original. (This is especially important if your image has words in it.)
- You can use this technique with originals, but it works MUCH better with a fresh color photo copy.
- Try using the peeled off bits in another collage. They can be really beautiful as well.
- Whatever tools you use for this will be permanently goo covered. Be forewarned!
And here is a list of products. You can just click-and-order. Everything is easy to find at a local art supply shop as well. Nothing is especially costly. These are handy tools to have.
I also liked this book. Alas I loaned it to someone and it never came back!
What do you think? Will you give it a try? I sure hope so. I’d love to see how it might expand your Soulcraft!