Fast Image Transfer with Melanie Matthews

Fast Image Transfer with Melanie Matthews

Hi, my name is Melanie Matthews, and I’m a working artist for GOLDEN Artist Colors and today We’re going to be doing immediate image transfer. These are the materials we’re going to need to do this technique. We’ve got Fluid Matte Medium, we’ve got a soft synthetic brush, a pencil, and you can use either a roller or An applicator like this, I’ve got a piece of ten ounce artist Canvas here, and I have a laser copy It’s 19 by 26, and I had this made on architectural laser printer. So what I’m going to do is mark off these four corners, and it’s important to do so because I need to know where to apply that medium and where to stop. I don’t want to have any gaps, I want it to be continuously covered with a generous layer of Fluid Matte Medium. So now I’m going to apply the Fluid Matte Medium directly onto the canvas. I’ve got my brush ready. I’m going to pour two Generous about three tablespoons per blob, I call them small pancakes, and now my job is to evenly and smoothly apply this all over the surface. You can see I’m leaving enough on the surface that it creates a wet slick, and I’m going right to the edges that I marked. Remember where there’s no medium and no contact between the copy and the medium, there’s no transfer. Here we go I’m going to lay the image face into the wet fluid matte medium I’m watching my marks, so I’ve got it in. This is the point where I take this applicator, and I’m going to Smooth it all out. I’m marrying the two pieces together. Once I’ve got it all smoothed out and well attached, I’m gonna wait anywhere from a minute and a half to three minutes. When the timing is right So it’s been at least a min and a half to two minutes I’m going to start pulling back and checking a corner, when I see that my paper no longer has the copy on it, the copy is now embedded into the canvas, I can proceed to pull diagonally. I’m bracing with one hand and pulling across the surface of the paper trying to remove the biggest pieces of paper I can at a time, occasionally you can get it all off in one easy pullback right across. So now that I’ve waited somewhere between 30 seconds in a minute by temperature I can feel it’s a little less cold than it was a minute ago, I’m going to start with my bare hands just rubbing away that last ply of paper that’s clinging on, and It should come away quite easily. If you find that the tips your fingers are delicate you can use an old towel and just gently with a rag again You don’t want to scrub too hard, but you want to take away that ply. Now that we’ve rubbed off all the paper off our image you can see how crisp and clear the photocopy is and anywhere. That was white is now the canvas background. This is a perfect base for doing washes and glazes for adding texture for putting on interference colors and remember that you can do this technique this immediate image transfer onto wood onto Plexiglass anywhere that you could apply acrylic paint you can do this technique! So have fun and experiment Working in layers and building up interesting surfaces.

100 thoughts on “Fast Image Transfer with Melanie Matthews

  1. Hi melani!! thanks for the video… i want to paste on top de picture… can i do that? instead of pelican the paper…i also bought the soft gel medium…

  2. Everything goes great with the process except when I need to rub the residual paper off it. The photo under seems to peel sometimes in chunks. I waited a couple of hours  to rub off the last little bit of paper is that a bad idea?Is it better if its still a little wet?

  3. Hi Melanie,
    I was wondering where you get your large photos copied to laser copies?  Is there a company that makes these laser prints? I have been using the small copy prints so far, but I have always wanted to make  large transfer prints. I love this transfer process.

  4. "an applicator like this".  does anyone know where something like this can be found or what it is actually called? Thanks.

  5. I was wondering if you can double it up. meaning after doing one transfer can you do another on top of it? thanks

  6. wonderful teaching and professionally presented.  consider allowing people to pin this to "pinterest"  🙂

  7. This technique would shorten the layout time for creating a mural. But, can someone paint over it with exterior paints? Would it withstand the environmental elements?

  8. I have a question for Melanie. Is it also possible to do this technique when I have already done an acrylic wash on the canvas? Is it better to do a transfer on un-primed canvas?

  9. Hi, I would just like to know what kind of paper the lazer printed image is printed on? and would this work on any kind of textile material? Thank you very much! Have a good day!

  10. Hi Malanie i hope you well! Today i had a very bad experience with my photo tranfer… what can i do fore the paper do not get bubbles please, my print is 100x100cm is very big i need to make this transfer perfect… can you help please? many thanks
    Geraldo Frazao

  11. Thank you for this tutorial! I just did this using Golden soft gel and it worked great! I've tried waiting overnight for it to dry but I'm making multiple transfers and time is of the essence! I had a few hiccups, the second peel tore in a few spots where I had the gel too thick, so I thinned my coats and viola! Awesome!

  12. very good plz name a good brand on this acritcture laser printer and modell for this printer so i cna search o google where can i buie this plz

  13. for ex if i wanted to paint on this transfer after what meduiam shall i u see ? gloss mediuam or what to not the ink to get dripping?

  14. Hi.. I'm trying to make a unique gift for someone.. So I printed a colouring page with a quote and coloured it with pencil crayons. My question is.. Can I transfer that to a canvas? If not, what are my options? Would I have to just hodge podge it to the canvas face time up?? Any tips, or cool ideas would be greatly appreciated.. If possible, please answer fast.. I have to give it to her tomorrow!! Please help

  15. TiArra – this is a demonstration of a transfer using a photocopy or laser print. While the technique would be different, you may be able to transfer a printed image using the same materials. It would be best to experiment first, try some small transfers using images clipped from magazines, and refine your technique before trying something larger like your poster. Also, remember, transfers result in a reverse image (unless you transfer into a clear gel, see our other image transfer video for that technique)

  16. why do some wait overnight before they start the rubbing process?
    so it's matte medium and a laser ink jet printed picture only…what about sealant? krylon clear gloss spray?

  17. Thanks for the awesome video! This is so helpful. I'd like to use this process as a base for oil painting on raw linen canvas. Should I size the canvas before applying the medium, or will the medium effectively act as a sizing coat? Thanks!

  18. Would it be possible to use this method for transferring onto canvas that has acrylic paint on it?
    As well, is there any way to do ink transfers such as this one on paper (possibly by coating the paper in some sort of other medium first?)?

    Thanks for any help you can provide, I'm really in a bind for a project I'm working on currently!

  19. I'm having a hard time finding a place to make such a large copy. Any help with this? The copy large format copy machine is a few thousand dollars.

  20. Once the transfer is made can the fabric, pillow, blanket etc be washed? Or will machine washing it, ruin the transfer?

  21. I am having difficulty finding the matt medium. where can I get it and what exactly is it called and or is there several products that will work. I tried mod podge and that did not work at all. it turned into sort of a soft rubber and I could not get it off the wood.

  22. One thing I might suggest to people interested in toner transfers is to find a print shop that will print on vellum.

    Whichever brand makes the "1000H" vellum is what I use, and I can lift the page in one piece EVERY SINGLE TIME! And there are NO FIBRES AT ALL to scrub off later!

  23. Have you found a way of printing large format color laser print?I asked close to 20 companies where I live and it seems there is no such thing as a large format color laser print, only black and white.

  24. I have enjoyed your tutorial very much. Some videos say to leave the canvas for 24 hours to make sure the image has transferred before saturating the back of the paper with water and then rub off the paper. You managed to do it in a few minutes. What is the difference please? Thank you very much. xx

  25. Thank you very much for clarifying that. I think I prefer your way because you have instant transfer and it's easier to get the paper off. I appreciate your reply. xx

  26. Very interesting technique, grateful for the informations, I have one question; is it possible to paint over it using acrylic paint or oil paint ??
    Thank you in advance

  27. Hi Does it matter if the canvas is gessoed first in order to sandwich the image between a an acrylic transparent paint? I just want to make sure it is archival. Thx great video!

  28. I wonder if this method works on a primed canvas? I have lots of smaller ones and would like to transfer some of my drawings and then painting with various media onto the image. Anyway, I'm doing test runs on small 5×7 canvas boards for now, (I have a Golden a-z kit)(larger canvas wouldn't be feasible right?), so would any of the mediums or gels work? Or are some better than others to transfer onto primed canvas or? I dunno. I don't want to get larger sizes of products until I find the ones that work for my purposes I guess.

  29. Are you able to wash fabric after it is transfered? also does it make the fabric hard? I used the gloss before and loved the outcome but would like it to be matte and perhaps easier to fold the fabric (making napkins)

  30. Can you recommend an inexpensive 36" (35.5 no bleed) x 84" online wide format BW print service provider. Everyone in my area are using inkjet. Thanks.

  31. excuse me, its very interesting and i would like to try it, but i don't know what kind of glue she use when she pose de draw on the web painting.
    can you help me?

  32. Was that image enlarged on that blue print printer only I thought those printers could only reproduce the same size?

  33. The biggest problem with this is that it takes a lot of time and if you rub too hard, the picture will peel and you will have blemishes in certain areas.

  34. Great video. I have a question. Does it work if i Gloss Varnish a wooden surface before transferring the image? I have a piece of super dry wood and i am worried it would suck in all the color of the image if i don't treat the surface first.

  35. Has there been any tests on how light fast/archival the toner is? I'd like to do it but if it's just going to fade in a few years, that's not so great.

  36. Hi Melanie/ Golden paint team,I tried this on a linoleum, I left it dry for 7 hours, when I rubbed the paper away, the lines (of image) are gone too. Is it normal or anything wrong with the process? Thanks!

  37. I just bought a gallon of Golden Soft Gel Gloss for transfers. I already used one gallon but I thought you had to wait hours before taking the paper off. That's what I've been doing for years. The process of rubbing and removing the paper on 24 x 36 engineering prints after waiting hours is… well, not fun. Can I use the Soft Gel Gloss and do the same quick transfer technique as in this video?

  38. HMStork (73): Your video was great. I want to tryout this approach to painting because it makes things easy. I also read all the comments and I did face similar issues: the type of paper and find a laser printer to do a 30 x 40 laser print. I am still working on it. I the meantime, I am sure that sections of A4 laser prints can make up a large image. Thanks.

  39. I tried this out with golden matte medium ,translucent low gloss acrylic extender onto canvas , I used laser prints , peeled back and no print , it was normal paper could it be that the print ink was wrong ?

  40. This was just wonderful, thank you! I used my home printer hp officejet 8600 and cheap printer paper to transfer some black outlines. Transferred well! Had a good layer of medium left on top of the acrylic paint i already placed on canvas. I have scrubbed and scrubbed but its not coming up. Any suggestions?!

  41. Once your print is transferred to the canvas as you have shown, can the process be repeated by painting more matte medium onto that canvas and adding a different print on top of it?

  42. I will be transferring a simple sketch drawing onto canvas with modge podge. Can the canvas then be painted with acrylic paint after everything dries?

  43. so you have to use a special type of paper to do this? what is it called? and would it work with your own drawing, like could you draw something on it yourself and then transfer it onto the canvas like this?

  44. i have waded through a LOT of videos about this technique and yours is a breath of fresh air! concise, easy to follow, and it looked great. and NO chatty, personal info that made my eyes roll back in my head. THANK YOU! lmao

  45. I have a question, how to transfer newspaper print on wood, but the surface is covered with acrylic paint?

  46. I am transferring a coloured image onto a 24" x 24" stretched canvas board. Once this is done and all paper residue has been wiped clear, I'd like to protect the print. Is it okay to varnish it? If so, what varnish/protection do you recommend? Look forward to hearing back from you. Thank you.

  47. HI, I am currently trying to create large scale image transfers (A0)+. I cant seem to get the consistency quiet right with the medium,
    it tends to start tacking of before I can cover the whole canvas and mount the paper (around 2-3 minutes) , though if I add more medium it seems to damage the paper.
    I've tried the Golden (fluid matte medium) and the (soft gel matte medium), could you recommend what I can do to get a more consistent transfer? thanks.

  48. If I wanted to use image about the same size that you used , typically speaking, how much can I expect to pay in printing costs if I were to use 1000 Vellum ? a ball park figure would suffice . Thanks in advance

  49. Très sympa ! J'invite tous ceux qui aime la peinture abstraite à aller voir ca aussi

  50. Melanie, Thank you for your thoughtful video on immediate transfers. My question is, if after a couple of days removing paper and my feeling is any further rubbing will begin to affect the image negatively because when the image is damp it shows well but gets muzzy when it dries, so can I apply the same medium used for imaging so it looks as it does when damp. My image is 24 x 30" I truly thank you for your anticipated response. Best wishes.

  51. A really nice Video! Amazing Transfer technique, but which transfer paper do you use exactly? While removing the paper after transfer I saw the problems – many paper residues remain. I tried a revolutionary Imagetransferpaper, the SR-Transferpaper from Germany (, No more scrubbing, no paper residues. Easy, fast and clean. Maybe you wanna try it, too?

  52. Awesome technique. Way easier than any other options. Thank you.
    *The print out of the piece should be a mirror image of how you want the canvas.*

  53. Interesting technique, I'm a Artisan myself, I have some drawings I would love too tranfer that way. God bless amen.

  54. I purchased some of your medium to transfer a laser image onto polymer clay and I have not been successful. Do you have any info on that?

  55. What kind of paper did you use? Was it laser printed? Where can one get a large print like the one you used in this video? (Or larger) Thank you, Gloria

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