Just look at this great piece of wall art here. It’s painting, it’s lettering, and I think there’s a photograph in the center, but you know what, Kathy Kromer is here with us from Michael’s and you’re going to show us how to make this right? I sure am, I sure am. It’s photo transfer With packing tape.
Packing tape? Packing tape. Okay, so we’re going to start with the background which is just a canvas that we painted burnt umber. I’m going to teach you how to write into your canvas, so you can leave your message for everybody. Okay, now you obviously did the center part already with white, but then you added color around the edges.
Yes. We’re going to take a little bit of extender, or retarder. It’s called both. And we’re just going to patch-ly paint. No–
Right. It doesn’t have to be precise. You just kind of want to slap it on. Now you said you dipped it into extender or retarder also, so that retards the drying?
Yes, it gives you a longer open time, so if you didn’t put this on here, the paint would be setting up already and you would have a hard time scratching it. So you just put Water-based paint, right? It dries very quickly. Right. You just start writing in it–
whatever little message that you want to write.
And whatever color is underneath is going to come right through. Right. And then you just continue that. You might want to do some patches of white so you have some white writing come through. And then we have this. All the way around–and then this is what it looks like when it’s complete. When it’s all done. Right. I’m going to take that from you, Kathy. We’ll just swap right here. So this is what it all looks like. And this is the background for our photo. So we started with a photo right here. Okay, let me pass you those. Okay, and we just enlarged it on a copier–take this little original photo. I think I did that 20 years ago. Enlarge that on the photo and then we’ve taken markers and colored–just color like you did when you were a little girl. It’s my favorite thing.
Hey we color when we’re big girls too. So you can change up the colors –make them make sense or not. It doesn’t matter.
Any kind of marker? Could you even use like a water-based marker?
Yes. Then we–here’s one that’s all colored. And we’re going to take now this one that’s finished here and add packing tape to it.
Here, let me hold that for you. We’re just going to lay it across here.
Now you also mentioned that you can enlarge this on a printer. If you’re using a home printer, should we test it first before we do something like this?
This was a toner-based, so if you do it at home, just do it on the small one before you– so you continue this on until you get the entire piece covered here. Okay let me take that from you.
Actually, you can just hang it right on the side right there.
Now the trick I learned with this–the first couple I did I started right in the middle trying to remove the backing and I tore a big hole in the picture. So I learned that you’re better if you start at the top so you kind of get the feel of what you’re doing. This one I’ve already started. I’m just going to spray it with a little water. And then you just start to rub. So you’re really just soaking the paper. on the back of the packing tape, but yet the tape is I guess– It’s transferred. The ink transferred. So whatever kind of printer–we might want to just try a few first?
I know you said you used a toner. Toner-based, yes. So you just keep doing this until you get it all rolled off. Now it takes a while, so it’s not something to be impatient with. And then when you’ve gotten it all off and then think that it’s maybe a little cloudy, you can go back. It’s better to do it in a few layers than to try to go all the way off and–because you’ll pull your ink off your tape if you’re not careful. So we keep just wetting and rolling and wetting and rolling. And just keep doing it and you can see that it’s transparent. That is a really cool technique. You know what Kathy, let’s just hold it forward and you can see that actually — the color of the table is making the color pop–
The finished one you can see. So you just work continually until you got all the paper off the back and you’re left with the ink. And so I have this beautiful little photo right here. That’s a really cool effect. And now we’re going to take it and apply it to our canvas. So I think I’ll put the gel medium on. Okay so, do you cover the whole canvas with the gell and just put the photo in the center and you’re just going to cover the canvas– I’m just going to cover where the photo is going to go. So I’m going to do it both ways. I’m going to lightly do it here. The biggest problem I think that people have is they don’t get the gel medium covered and then you end up with bubbles. So if you– Oh okay, so you have to have a really nice, smooth, even surface.
That’s right. And I see you’re using a real nice soft brush for that. I am.
Then you’re also putting it on the photograph. It’s just to make sure –the only thing that will make you upset or anybody doing this is that you get bubbles. So, it’s kind of like double insurance that you won’t have any bubbles. Yeah, but if you do then you can probably just lift it up and work it out again. If you get it right away. Now this, you probably have a little longer time because of the transparency. So we’ll just put it right on here. Oh Kathy, that is beautiful. Let me show you one little trick. We’ll just take this right here, the little brayer. Oh and then it’ll really smooth it out. That’s a great tip. Well, we’re going to take a look at this big piece of wall art that you have. That is absolutely phenomenal. I love this. Thank you so much.