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Create Acrylic Image Transfers Directly Onto Your Art Surface

painting acrylic medium onto a wooden surface


Creating an image transfer with acrylic paint is a simple process that can add interesting dimensions of collage to your work. This mixed media technique can also speed up your art making process!


Your image can be photocopied or lazer copied - these types of reproductions have the right kind of toner that works well for transfers. Some magazines may work but it depends on the method of printing so results may vary. * Your image will be reversed so if you want to get it exactly how you see it you will have to reverse the image on your computer before printing. 


1. Works best  on a rigid surface like a wooden panel. Apply gel medium to the surface of the panel. lightly spritz your image surface with water.


2. Put your image face down onto the gel medium-ed surface of the panel and use a brayer or your hand to smooth the image down onto the panel so that there are no air bubbles.


3. Wait for it to dry - THOROUGHLY before the next step of removing the paper.


4. Lightly sand the back of the paper so that the surface is scored all over - this will give more entry for the paper to be soaked for removal. 


5. Spritz the back of the paper with water until it is wet enough that you can begin to rub the paper off. You can use your fingers or a sponge.


Here's a video by artist Darlene Olivia McElroy in case you get lost along the way!



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Artist in residence Rebecca Chaperon

Rebecca Chaperon is our Artist-in-Residence

With a compulsion to create unique visual stories, her paintings often follow the thread of a heroine's misadventures through a surreal landscape.

She's had the pleasure of teaching at Langara College and given community workshops on painting techniques with an emphasis on watercolour, oil and acrylic. She is a board member at the Grunt gallery.

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