Thursday, January 30

Easy Image Transfer on canvas using Collage Pauge

We've been in a BIG image transfer mood these past couple of weeks in the design studio here at iLoveToCreate!  I printed out several of some of my original photography and my crafty friend Miranda has been helping transfer them onto canvas and wood. They have been turning out so awesome & distressed.  The photo transferred above actually looks almost like painting. Let me show you how we did this cool and artful technique!  I promise you are going to want to try it for yourself once you see how easy it is to do!

What you need:

Collage Pauge Decoupage in Matte or Glossy (get it and find more info here)
– Photo printout on LASERJET printer (you'll thank me for bolding this later)
(Get a free 8"x10" download of the San Francisco building scene we used here)
– 8x10 white canvas
– 1" bristle paintbrush
– old gift card or credit card
– soft sponge
– scissors
Before you begin:  Using your photo editing software program, size a photo of your choice to fit the dimensions of your canvas. In this case, my canvas was 8"x10", so I sized the photo to be 8"x10" and then printed it out on LASERJET

Note:  We've seen this project created with other collage & decoupage mediums in the marketplace.  What makes Collage Pauge different is that there is no odor and you get less visible brushstrokes compared to other products! Now back to the project!!!
Cut out around your image with scissors.
Squeeze out a generous amount of Collage Pauge onto your brush.
 Spread the Collage Pauge back and forth in one direction covering the entire image. 
Flip over your pauged picture and position it flat on the canvas.
.  Use a gift card to smooth out an air bubbles and to create a tight bond of the Collage Pauge to the canvas. Let it sit 4-6 hours or overnight.
 Wet your finger or a sponge with a bowl of water and start gently scrubbing off the paper. This is the most time-intensive part of the process, so be patient with it!  A thourough and even light scrubbing will produce the best results.
 Here's what it looked like after scrubbing off most of the paper.  Some areas will look more distressed and scrubbed than others.  For this technique, this is actually a good thing! It gives more artful character to the finished piece!
Even after you think you are finished scrubbing, you will want to go back in and scrub some more.  You will know when to stop scrubbing when there's no paper pulp left when you let it air dry. When you are finished, you can go back and add another coat of Collage Pauge to seal and give it a finished look!

Here's a fun vine we made showing the process to give you a better idea!
Here's a close-up detail of what the canvas looked like when finished.
Here's another example of a canvas that we made using vintage images of Aleene Jackson (the inventor of Tacky Glue). We gave her this canvas as a 90th birthday present last week.

Another way to use this technique is to incorporate it into your mixed media process.  For example, after I transferred this image I took of some signage at the Neon Boneyard in Las Vegas, I went back in with a pen and doodled on top.  It gave it a hand-drawn look that I love.
And here's some more examples of our work from this week. We even transferred a photo onto wood. That's me and my daddy on my wedding day at bottom on the wood surface. The wood grain even popped through!

What do you think of this process? Does it look like a cool new technique you'd like to try with your photos?


Anonymous said...

how long did it take to get the paper off the transfer???
Thanks, Ruth

ilovetocreate said...

In all, around 15-30 minutes.

alicia said...

Love this, that building image is so pretty!

Anonymous said...

Hi all, I love this idea and can not wait to hang some canvas art in my bedroom. Would regular craft modge podge work as well? Thank you for sharing.

crisdsanchez said...

Thanks for the picture. I will be using it as soon as I get the products you used

Darci said...

Please tell more about "print on laser jet". Are you referring to the type of printer, paper, or both? What if the project is done with an ink jet printer and or different paper? Thank you!

ilovetocreate said...

Feel free to download it and print out!

ilovetocreate said...

Laserjet means laser printer, not inkjet printer. The inkjet printer will smear. Make sure to use 20lb or 24lb paper for this project as well.

BIZKID said...

Is it possible to use an ink jet image that has been sealed ?

cotterpin said...

Is there any way to use an inkjet printer - is the smearing that bad? I do not have access to a laser printer :-(

Lynn Simone said...

What type of paper are you referring to photo paper or copy paper?

Anonymous said...

can this be done on t shirts that will be washed?

Denise Cortes said...

I'm SO going to make some of these!! Awesome!

cal8007 said...

I love this technique, I've been creating canvases with my kids old pictures!

The Trend Spot said...

I am seriously going to try this at home! Love the finished results on all the examples you've given. Thanks, Alexa!

Andrea Hazard said...

i think you just solved my art problem! thank you!

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David Ellis said...

Do you think this would also work on a piece of ceramic or porcelain tile?

Nora Moore said...

That is really cool. I've never tried anything like that. It's a lot of fun playing around with different art projects like that. Maybe I should give it a try.

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