So with supplies in hand, I began to experiment.
I began with taping down a piece of water color paper and saturating it with water. I also trimmed some images that I wanted to transfer to my paper.
Next, I began applying color to the saturated paper.
Once the color and paper were dry, I began to spread a thick coat of gel medium evenly on my images. Once the images were coated, I plopped them face down on my paper. To ensure even adherence to the paper, I used a brayer to flatten the images.
I allowed the images to dry completely. Once the images were dry, I used a spray bottle of water to saturate the images. Using my fingers and a sponge, I rubbed off the paper backing of the images. As I rubbed the paper away, I could start to see mirror images of my... well... images. This is what I ended up with:
The first few image transfers I created, I went back over with pen and ink to create details and faces. Although I like the final pieces, I felt that the pen and ink work took away from the original images.
On my second round of image transfers, I tried something different. Instead of coloring the paper first, I transferred the images first and did the water color last. As you can see, the gel medium blocked the water color from saturating the paper.
Although I enjoyed experimenting with image transfers, I still think I need quite a bit of practice, both in patience and in technique.
"Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?"
- Frank Scully