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Recently, I came across instructions on how to transfer a photo using gel medium onto canvas on another blog, A Beautiful Mess. Wow - photography and a reason to wander through the craft store? I immediately put it on my crafts-to-do list. I used some photos from last summer's vacation, and now that I've got some practice in, I'd like to try it again with pictures of the kids. I've got some ideas rumbling through my head.
The stuff you'll need:
- gel medium - wandering thru the paint section was mindblogging; I used Liquidex Gel Medium
- photos printed or copied on regular paper (not photographic paper) - the blog instructions say to use a laser copy, my husband informed me after the fact, that we have an inkjet printer, so I'm not sure how that affected the project.
- water in a spray bottle
How to (adapted from the original blog instructions):
1. Prepare the photo - this was one of those "trial and error" finds of doing the project. Trim away all the white area around the picture, I would even recommend trimming just inside the border of the photo - I will do that when I do this project again. Removing the paper that doesn't have ink on it is almost impossible.
2. Paint the gel medium onto the canvas, covering the surface. If the picture is smaller than the canvas, you only need to cover enough area for the size of the picture.
3. Place the photo face down onto the gel medium. Gently rub the back to press the paper into the medium.
5. When the paper and medium are dry, spray lightly with water.
6. Gently rub the paper away, the ink will remain on the canvas.
7. Cover the picture with another layer of the gel medium for protection.