Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hot Water Transfer Technique

I am teaching a class in September on using packing tape for an image transfer.  This is a sample I've made for the class.  

Are you already groaning and saying to yourself that these transfer techniques do not work?  I agreed with you until I tried the hot water technique. I am amazed at the continued success I've had with it.

Disclaimer: I read about this technique on the internet and did not save the link. I wish I could give credit to the person who first discovered it.  If you know who that person is, please leave me a comment below. I would like to thank them and give them the credit for this easy technique.

This technique works well with images copied using a copy machine and with images from magazines.  It does not work with inkjet printers.  I tried it this morning with Archival Ink and it didn't work with it either. 

It is a very simple technique requiring the following tools.

Clear Packing Tape
Image from copy machine or magazine
A bone folder or other tool for burnishing
Hot Water

Place image face down on clear packing tape. I'm using 3M brand.  I have noticed that packing tape comes in different thicknesses. The thicker tape give a more stable transfer because it doesn't tear as easy.  Burnish image making sure all parts of image are clearly attached to the tape. I burnish on both sides. Trim image while still attached to the tape. 

Place your image in a bath of hot water. I run mine under the kitchen tap. When you see that the paper has absorbed the water gentle begin rubbing away the paper backing.  Let dry to see if there is still a film of paper on your image. If so repeat rubbing very gently. The key to this is patience and rubbing gently. 

The butterfly is the image I transferred. The image came from a Dover Publishing CD.  I'm not sure the one I used is still in publication but Dover has several other CDs you could use.

The background of this tag is stamped with a crackle background by Just For Fun Stamps. I also used a Weed Love by Rubber Dance Stamps.  I love this set of stamps. The weed make the best backgrounds. The words are Something Wonderful by Rubber Dance.

The orange flowers are a Donna Downey Unity Stamp.  The little seal in the bottom corner came from a dollar bin I think.

If you try this technique, please let me know how you like it.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I Love People Who Make Me Laugh

The challenge for the Documented Life Project was to use your "Back Paper."  I call this my "clean up" paper. That is the paper that I keep under my project to catch the drips and to clean my brushes on from time to time.

I've use my "clean up" papers a lot in my journals because they have such beautiful colors on them.  All the splats and splatters you see on this page are the clean up paper.

Then I added the huge flower using molding paste mixed with purple paint and a stencil. I was using what was left from another project so the flower has extra texture from little bits of dried paste.  The stem is a left over piece of sticky backed paper that I cut free hand into a stem.  The stencil also had squares I wanted to use.  

I mixed gesso with the left over purple molding paste and got a runny lavender mess. I didn't give up.  I added some light spackling compound to my lavender mess until it was a consistency that I could use with a stencil.  The squares down the right side are the result. I think I have enough of that lavender paste left to do an entire garden.

The orange zig zags are cut from a gelli print with a pair of pinking shears I bought at a yard sale. I bought a box full of old sewing items for a couple of dollars and the scissors were in the bottom of the box!!  The yellow ones are from a left over piece of painted book text.

The tiny flowers, leaves and curlicues are from my newest stencil made by Recollections.  Recollections is Michael's brand I think. They have several sets of new stencils at great prices.  The quote I found online and had in my stash.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Life Needs Frosting

This week's Journal 52 prompt was "Favorite Food."  My choices were a hamburger, french fries, diet coke or cake icing. I was mulling this over when I saw these words printed on a Cinnabon Package I purchased today. I knew right away which food I'd use.  

The background is blue craft paint. The orange layer is a gelli print.  I cut out a cupcake out of card board and covered the bottom with another gelli print. The frosting is white gesso and buff paint mixed together to give the look of buttercream frosting. I made the swirls with thick gesso. I added a layer of iridescent paint on top to give it a bit of a shine.

My friends will tell you this is so very Me.   

Link to: Gelli Print Party, Journal 52

Friday, August 8, 2014

Happy Mail Background

There is something about this page I really like.  I think it's the simplicity of it. Or maybe it reminds me of the crossed stitched samplers.

The background is a paper napkin I received as happy mail.  I mixed buff colored paint with embossing paste and stenciled the alphabet in the background. The hard part for me was waiting for the paste to dry.  The dots are also molding paste through a piece of sequin waste.   

To keep myself from messing up the paste I worked on hand cutting the bird from a piece of sticky back paper I rescued from a trash can.  I had a small bird so I set it on the paper to get the idea of the shape. I love his long legs.  I painted him blue and then used a modge podge stencil and iridescent paint for the design. I added a light coat blue paint to tone the shine down a bit.  

Link to: Paint Party Friday 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Art Washes Away from the Soul....

This page was done in my recycled altered recipe book. 

I painted the whole page with gesso and then used purple and hot pink gelatos for the background color.  

I also used some packing material that had holes in it on the left side to give added texture. 

The purple netting along the right side is part of a potato sack that I've had in my stash for ages. I used gel medium to glue the netting because it is thicker and holds heavier things well.

This is my first attempt at using a Digital Stamp. The face is a digi stamp by CD Designs. I really like that I can enlarge and reduce the image to whatever size will fit my current project. It comes as a black and white line drawing so I can change the colors. It was sent to me as a jpeg and I edited it using MS Publisher. I used Pitt Pens and and Sharpies to color the face. I really like the brush tip Pitt Pens.  

I stamped the words on pieces of deli paper and then glued them to the page with matte medium. The stamp on the left was made by The Angel Company and stamped with Blue Archival Ink.  The little butterfly is from a piece of felt ribbon. His antenna are made from a piece of the netting. 

The other words were stamped with Pink Archival Ink. The stamp is made by Hampton Arts. I love that quote. The final touches are circles and lines I made using blue and pink paint. The circles were made with a bottle top and the straight line were made with the edge of a credit card.

Link: CD Designs, Artist Play Room 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


    The theme this week for Journal 52 is Friendship.  I am very blessed to have several good friends. Two of them is Theresa and Mike. They stood by me during the hardest time of my life. They have helped me and loved me through thick and thin. I can't tell you how many times they have come to my aide. 

The flower in the photo was a gift from Theresa... just because.  It wasn't my birthday. I wasn't sad or needy. She gave it to me just because she loves me and we are friends.

I did this page in purple paint over a book page because it's T's favorite color. I used a variety of friend stamps made by The Angel Company and Stampin Up. The tiny tag is a gelli print. The page needed something more so I got out my Rub Ons that I've been hoarding and added  few of them.

Link to: Journal 52

Monday, August 4, 2014

Happy 100th to France Papillon

One of my favorite people to watch on Youtube is Frances Papillon. She does Journal on Monday and is celebrating her 100th JoM video this week. There is just something about listening to her talk as I watch her create. Maybe it's her wonderful accent. She has a very soothing quality to her voice. Her works is fantastic. She tries things I wouldn't think to try in a journal. Congratulations, Frances. You inspire me. 

This page is done in my one of my altered books with mostly recycled materials. The background is a gelli print using copy paper from the recycle bin at my office. I clean my paint brush on pages from an old encyclopedia and the most of the dragonflies were punched those pages using an old EK Success punch. The hot pink one is punched from a piece of deli paper. Deli paper is difficult to punch so I glued it to a piece of card stock first. 

The quote I found on Facebook. The lines were made with green and orange craft paint and a credit card. An old credit card is a great inexpensive craft tool.

Link to Journal On Monday, Colorful Gelli Print Party, Artist Play Room