How to Transfer Images with Chroma Atelier Impasto Gel


(♪♪♪) You can use impasto gel
or modeling compound to create image transfers, and image transfers
can add a totally new dimension
to your works. You want to use an image
that’s been photocopied or one that’s been printed
on a laser printer, and you want to make sure
that it’s an image that you’ve taken, or it’s something
that’s copyright free. And how you create them
is super easy. In this example I’m going
to use the Impasto Gel. I have my
photocopied image, my little boy, and what I’m going to do is
take some of the Impasto Gel and I’m going to apply the
Impasto Gel directly on top, and I’m going to make sure
I apply impasto gel vertically as well as horizontally so I can eliminate
my brush strokes, and you can see that
I’m going outside the image just a little bit, and the reason
I’m doing that is so that I’ll leave myself
some room to trim and some room to cut in. Now the Impasto Gel is going to
be a little bit milky when it goes on, but it is going to
dry clear, and it is going to
take a while to dry. You want to let your image
transfer dry overnight if possible,
or at least eight hours, because you want to give that
ink time to work itself into the acrylic medium. You do not want to use
hairdriers to try and speed that process along. It doesn’t work too well. Now once I have
a good layer down, about an 8th of an inch,
16th of an inch or so, I’m going to put this aside
and let it dry. And you’ll know that it’s safe
to move on to the next stage when your image
now looks nice and clear. This transfer has
been drying overnight, and so I’m ready to
move on to the second stage, which is when I need to
remove my paper backing. What I like to do is to
use my water sprayer, and I’ll spray and get
my paper nice and wet. Sometimes I’ll soak it
in the tub for a little bit, or even apply a wet but not
dripping wash cloth on top to get that paper wet. Then I use my fingers,
and I just kind of slowly rub in a circular motion, and I start to
remove that paper backing. And as you can see what’s
happening is that the ink has now transferred
into the Impasto Gel, and the end result is
going to end up being a clear image that I’ll be able to collage
directly into my painting. Now sometimes this process
of removing the paper backing can take a little while and that’s because,
as this dries, you’ll see a white film which
is where the paper has been left behind,
so don’t be surprised, it usually doesn’t
happen on the first try, usually it takes 2-3 times
to remove that paper backing. I won’t do all of this
right now because this is a bigger image, but you can see that
what will happen is I’ll end up with a clear image
that I’ll be able to apply, once it’s all done,
directly to my painting. Now in this painting I’ve used
impasto gel in two different ways to create my
image transfers. I’ve created just like I did
my little boy where I’ve applied
my impasto gel on top, rub the paper backing away, and then I’ve adhered
my images using some more Impasto Gel
and painted directly on top. I’ve also applied
Impasto Gel directly to my surface, and then taken my image,
laid it face down, rubbed the back of my image to
make sure I had good adhesion, let it sit overnight, and then remove
that paper backing so now I have two little
sea creatures that have been, you know, transferred
directly onto my surface. Now you can then of course
paint these images, you know, using your
Interactive Acrylics right on top, or in this example
of my little boy here, I’ve actually applied paint
to the back side using my Interactive to make it a little bit
more of a frosted look, a little bit more
of a vintage type feel, and now I can just use
a little bit of impasto gel or even a little bit
of binder medium, and just adhere my image once
I decide where he wants to go. (♪♪♪) Captioned by GigEcast
www.gigecast.com

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