Mixed media photo transfer

Downtown Los Angeles. The L.A. series / Mixed media photo transfer

Downtown Los Angeles. The L.A. series / Mixed media photo transfer

If you would like to create your own mixed media/collage/photo transfer,
here is how its done:
What you need:
• A laser photocopy of your photo (Inkjet photo OK)
• Collage materials such as: newspaper clippings, designer or hand-made papers, wrapping papers, etc.
• Acrylic or water paints
• PVA glue
• Transfer medium such as gel or matte medium.
• Spray fixative (for inkjet only)
• Canvas or wood panel
• A water spray bottle
• UV-resistant clear finish

1) Gather your collage materials and lay them out in a design of your choice on any size canvas or wood panel. In this case I used artist and wrapping papers, stamps and newspaper pages. Adhere the collage pieces onto the surface using PVA glue.
2) Make sure to cover the collage pieces with the glue so it doesn’t only adhere the papers to the canvas but also protects it to all eternity (or at least a few years).
3) Let the collage dry thoroughly.

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4) Convert the photo of your choice to black and white (not grayscale) by adding brightness and 100% contrast. In some cases color photos will work as well but black and white often works better.
5) You can use either a xerox photocopy of your image or an image printed from your inkjet printer. If you are using an inkjet, print out a mirror version of your image into a standard printer paper and protect it with spray fixative.
6) Cover your image with the transfer medium (the PVA glue can be used as a transfer medium as well) and press it face down onto the collage. Rub gently with your fingers to smooth out any air bubbles.

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7) If you are using an inkjet photo you will have to wait only about 15-30 minutes for the Mod Podge to dry and for the transfer to complete. If you are using a photocopy let it set for a few hours, preferably over night.
8 ) Spray the back of your photo with water and gently remove and rub off the excess paper with your fingers in order to reveal the transfer. If you are using a photocopy you will have to repeat this step until the excess paper is completely gone.
9) For the final touch you can add text, letters, gesso and paints.
10) Preserve your art work with a protective finish such as preserve it! by Krylon for inkjet or Krylon Crystal Clear if you used a toner based photocopy.

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