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.


  1. I really enjoy image transfer - haven't done it for a while. I usually just use gesso & pretty much, as soon as it's dry, give it a bit of a mist spray and start to roll back the paper with my fingers......yours looks wonderful! Great image, too:):)

  2. Wonderful technique, although I have never had any success with transferring images before. Think I will give it another go using your steps. Thanks for sharing Kripa.

  3. Great tutorial. I should try it! The final effect is amazing!
    Thank you for sharing your project at BGC!

  4. Nice tute !! Love the idea !
    Thanks for playing with us at BGC this month

  5. Wow! these are so amazing, such a fabulous technique :)



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