Monday, 23 March 2015

How to : Image transfer using mod podge

My post today is a short tutorial on image transfer. Ever since I bought mod podge image transfer from the Lulupu store a few months back, I've been itching to try it out. The process is very simple:

Gather all your supplies:
1. Prints / photocopies of image : if you have a laser printout or an actual photograph, take a photo copy. The image will only transfer from a thinnish paper - photo paper is too thick. Also, remember that the transferred image will be a mirror image of the original, so if you have text or need a particular orientation, flip the image before printing.
2. Mod podge image transfer medium: comes with a foam brush for easy application.
3. Pattern paper (or canvas/ wood/ metal) onto which you want to transfer the image.
4. Mod podge matte to make the surface waterproof. Gel medium would also work for this.

Step1: Prepare the base on which you want to transfer the image. In my case, two sheets of Prima paper with a thin coat of white gesso. Once dry applied a coat of mod podge matte. This ensures the layers beneath are sealed and the surface is waterproof. (you will discover soon why waterproof surface is required)

Step 2: Cut out the image to be transferred, leaving no white edges. Apply a slightly thick and even coat of mod podge image transfer on the right side of the image. Place the medium side down on the patter paper and remove any air bubbles or crease on the paper by running. a brayer over it. This now needs to dry overnight.

Step3: Next morning, I ran a wet brush over the top of the image, let the paper soak up the water and gently rubbed over the paper with my fingers. Slowly, the paper started peeling off revealing the transferred image. Be gentle, or the paper can tear. Once all the paper is out, let it dry and give it a coat of mod podge to seal and protect.
As you can see, the transferred image isn't as bright as the original, so I touched it up using watercolour pencils and watercolours. Now I have two page dividers ready to go into my planner.

I'd love to see how you've used this product and see your creation. Also, don't forget to check out the Birthday Celebration challenge at Lulupu, there are more than the usual share of prizes to be won.

Linking this to Beyond Grey Challenges : Mixed Media - felt like this one was written just for me. Gesso, mod podge image transfer medium, paints, watercolour pencils.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Happy Birthday Lulupu and Prima March BAP

Hello friends,

My blog has been awfully neglected these last few weeks. Haven't done much other than DT work..... a bit low on mojo. What do you do when you feel this way? Ive been fussy cutting paper, making backgrounds for layouts .... still waiting..... lol.

But I do have something to share with you all. Most of my layouts are built around a photograph, this one is an exception, made as a gift, created purely based on this moodboard and the Prima March BAP sketch.

These are what I chose from the moodboard:
Colours: Pink, Teal, Gold, Yellow, sap green
Materials: tissue, lace, string
Embellishments : flowers, glitter, pennant
And the final one, the number 3 is used in the title of the layout, peeking from under the layers. 

The background is a pale pink cardstock which very gracefully took the wrath of the mediums I poured on it. There are many layers of tissue, spray, paint, watercolour pencils and mediums (Finnabair's totally awesome range of medium - gesso, gel medium, texture paste and stencils) All the papers are different Prima releases - Coffee break, princess, Annalle, songbird easy to mix and match.

Lots of exciting activities this month to celebrate Lulupu's 3rd Birthday. 
We have games, a sale lulupu shop,  a birthday bash raffle and a monthly challenge with loads of prizes to be won. Hope you are able to join us this month.
Wishing you all a great week ahead.


Sunday, 1 March 2015

MMCC March Challenge #9 - Hints of Spring

Hello peeps,
'Hints of Spring' goes live on MMCC today.

Its the first day of Autumn in Australia, but I'm very happy dreaming of Spring.... Lol. Not a fan of winter.

My card this month uses lots of wet medium in the background. So, the base is watercolour paper. First some pieces of leftover tissue stuck with multi medium; then some paints. Once dry, on went texture paste through a stencil. Then drying time again followed by clear / white gesso followed by paints and stamping.

Its the drying time that tests my patience, one of the reasons I don't like winter, my pages will take forever to dry in between steps. Anyhow, here is the final card. The watercolour base is mounted onto a pearl card. I painted the edges of the card in bright pink, to match the colour of the ribbon.

Head over to the MMCC blog to see the beautiful spring cards that the rest of the Design Team have created.


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