I’ve been wanting to try this technique for EVER so long. FINALLY, I got the supplies to do it! You probably recognize the photo and I’ll tell you how I did it!
8×10 Stretched Canvas, Golden Soft Gel Matte, Printed 8×10 Image, Brayer (optional), foam brush, sponge, water, mod podge or sealer
Instructions (for Ink Jet Printer)
- Print an 8×10 image (mirror your image) on regular computer paper (NOT ON PHOTO PAPER), and let it dry for at least 20 minutes.
- Using a foam brush and the Golden Soft Gel Matte, brush a thin layer of the gel onto your canvas but make sure the entire surface is wet. If any of it dries before applying your printed image, be sure to brush more gel on.
- While the gel is wet, place your printed image face down into the gel. DO NOT MOVE IT after you’ve placed it down.
- Using your brayer, or even a spoon, or your fingers, rub the entire image to make sure it’s getting down into the gel. You’ll see your image coming through the back of the paper.
- Let this sit for about 10 minutes.
- The next thing you’ll do is remove the paper image by finding a loose edge and just gently pull the paper up. You should see your image on the canvas.
- After removing what paper you can by peeling it, you’ll need to use a damp (NOT WET) sponge OR your fingertips to gently rub the paper pieces that are left on the canvas. You’ll see the paper beginning to roll under the sponge or your fingers. Remove as much as you can but do this gently and take your time so as not to remove your image from the canvas.
- Let it dry overnight and then seal it with a couple light coats of mod podge or some other type of sealant to make cleaning it easier.
You’ll notice some scratch marks on mine where the image came off while removing the paper. BUT some of that isn’t bad. I think it only adds to the grunginess of the image. And this was my first attempt at doing this, so I’m sure with more practice, it’ll be like a piece of cake!
I’ve read that lazer printers work better or you can get a photo copy of your image to use but it DOES work with ink jet. Some of the techniques are a bit different with a lazer print.
The next time I do this, I’ll make a video and post it as well.
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and if you decide to give it a try, let me know. I’d love to hear how it worked out for you.
Hugs and Have A Creative Day!