instant image transfer



acrylic inks, image transfers on w/c paper, 10 X 11″


She’s downloading a map.  She’d hoped for a simpler one.  And then she got distracted and had to start over again. That has happened so many times in her life!  With all the detours along the way, it’s a wonder she’s found herself even this far along.


She may be here a while, lips pursed in concentration.  Hopefully she’ll discover there’s fun to be had where all pretense of solving life’s thorny questions has been abandoned.

I have tried a great many image transfer methods over the past few years, but I really love the “instant” transfer method using matte medium, which I learned from the Golden website.

I have a toner copy machine in my studio, so in my group we can copy any black and white image, either from a printed photograph, book, or printed off a free internet site.  For this piece I used a picture of myself mugging for the camera in Photo Booth (built into my computer) with the comic strip filter applied.  I cut out what I wanted from the picture, then printed out a children’s game board image from a free internet site for parents (found by Googling “Mazes”) and transferred both images together onto the painted surface.

It’s wasn’t a surprise to find that this piece seemed to illustrate some of the issues in the book I’m currently reading The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing To Our Brains by Nicholas Carr.  Our brains are getting worked by our addiction to the Internet in new ways, both exciting and disturbing. As with most confusing life issues, my answer is Make Art of it.

Instant transfer


acrylic inks and gesso with image transfer on w/c paper 10 X 11″

For years I’ve been doing image transfers in two ways: 1)transferring the image onto clear contact paper with gel medium, and 2) dry gel transfers directly onto the paper.  The latter method requires several hours of drying time, if you want to ensure success.

But lately I’ve been experimenting with instant transfers using the thinner matte medium and found a wonderful video on the Golden website with tips on how to make this work. A black and white image transferred onto a painted surface creates a surprise contrast or a bit of mystery.  And now I can do it in a couple easy steps without waiting.  Rather than tell you the process here, I’ll invite you to check out the video and give it a try yourself! The Saturday group had great success with it.