Acrylic Image Transfer Paper is used with gloss acrylic medium for the "paperless" transfer of printed or photocopied images.


1. Create image on Image Transfer Paper. This may be done by printing, photocopying, laser printer output, or by drawing with waterproof ink. (see Figure 1 at right)

2. Cover the face of the image with gloss acrylic medium. Do not cover back of image transfer paper.

3. Allow to dry.

4. Coat the surface which is to receive the image with gloss acrylic medium. (See Figure 2 at right)

5. Allow receiving surface to dry also.

6. Affix image face-down to art surface by gluing down with additional acrylic medium or by the iron and release paper method.* If using wet adhesive allow to dry thoroughly. (Not Pictured)

7. Wash away Transfer Paper with water and woven cotton cloth (a scrap of old bedsheet works well). (See Figure 3 at right)

8. Image will remain. Background will show through. (See Figure 4)

* See Collage: A New Approach by Jonathan Talbot, available from this website, from your favorite bookstore, from, or by calling Talbot Arts toll-free at 1-800-375-5133.

  Figure 1: The image to be transferred is photocopied onto transfer paper. It's face (but not its back) has been coated with gloss acrylic medium (see Step 2 at left).
Figure 2: The receiving surface. In this case it is another piece of paper with text printed on it. It has also been coated with gloss acrylic medium.
Figure 3: After the "transfer" has been glued or ironed down (image side down), the transfer paper is "washed" or "rubbed" away with a cloth, saturated with water, wrapped around finger tip.
  Figure 4: The transferred image in place on the receiving surface. No transfer paper remains and the background "shows through" the transferred image. Note that image is reversed or "flopped."
Note 1: Image will be reversed. If it is important to retain the original orientation of the image, create a reverse or mirror image with a Canon color copier or use appropriate computer software to create a reverse or mirror image and then transfer to regain original orientation. Note 2: This method will not work well with waterbased inks or ink-jet inks as they tend to smear during step 2. Note 3: Color copies are subject to fading. Black Copies made with toner containing carbon will last.

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