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More image transfer with white paint

You may recall I played with this a bit last month. I didn’t have huge success with magazine transfers and I was anxious to try the laser prints because I was pretty sure that was going to give me a better result, and a more consistent one. I shared my play as one of my first Instagram posts and on one of the Gel printing FB groups. I was interested to see that image transfer with white paint showed up on YouTube just the other day. She got a much better magazine pull than any of mine LOL! One of my early attempts looked like this – I think you see what I meant – it’s OK but perhaps the wrong magazine (Elle, UK)

My idea had been to do a bunch of magazine text to then use as additions to my art journal. But what WAS a success was pulling the print on that rough packing paper that I get in a LOT of Amazon deliveries. It seems to have just the right tooth to really grab the white paint! That sent me down a whole other rabbit hole. I think I mentioned I had amped up the toner application on my laser printer but I had a better idea. I printed it twice. My printer (A Canon I-sensys LBP 663C, if you care) has both a try for normal paper and a flap for other sorts of things, so I can print on deli paper or tissue paper or transparency film. I tried printing normally from the tray then inserting that into the flap but I got a slightly off-register print. When I printed from the flap then re-inserted the paper in the flap and printed again it was spot on.

For me, this works a lot better – plus if there is a fab magazine image that I love, I can scan it and use it over and over again. The white paint shows up so much better on the rough brownish packing paper than it does on white paper, and the range of paints you can use is wider. This is transparent rather than opaque paint and it’s very clear.

Neat, hum? So I get that having a laser printer is key here, but the technique is so much fun, I couldn’t not share. Staples in the USA and maybe a standard copy shop in the UK probably will print a PDF of whatever as a laser copy for not a lot so if you like the idea that is an option. I wanted to go back to the first idea, of making the transfer more of a collage by adding to the transfer, so I had a go with some handmade stamps and stamped circles using caps

What is important is pretty much what is important for any image transfer:

  • the initial coverage of the white paint need to be just enough and not too much. Good cover but not THICK cover
  • the pressure should be gentle but firm enough for the toner to resist the paint and the paper to grab it
  • let the white paint dry
  • the paint layer to pull off the final print should be thin enough you can see the image thru it – this is, as I said, transparent paint, but the same applies for opaque paint, a thin layer

Love it.

I have about a million other ideas for this, but I am really trying to be better about not just sharing the technique but getting to an actual project or page in the end. I still am keen on the idea that I began with, creating word blocks for adding to my art journal pages, so that is likely what I will end up playing with over the weekend. I need to drag out my larger format plate for that, I think. I am hoping to do a class I signed up for that was delayed and also catch up on my WOYWW visits, as the last few days have been all about sorting the Hubster and Darling Daughter our for a short trip to a folk festival for a camp-out. I am really glad I make no attempt to snag the top spot, given I have a horrible track record on the day in the past month or more.


WOYWW 686 – serendipity rules!

Happy WOYWW day. I am having a break this week from my knitting mates because so much else is going on. But I am still keeping busy in an arty way, just not with yarn for a day.

I should begin with my horrifying desk. There is just a ton of stuff all over it – lots that you might recall from my AJJ prompt page, with the weird stenciling tip using packaging debris. Page back a day and see.

Yeah. I work in chaos most of the time. Luckily I have the other desk. And this is where the serendipity comes in. Forgive me for all of the upcoming links (or maybe you will appreciate them?) I have a few things laid out, ready to begin a project birthed from such a wide variety of things I feel like the trail is interesting at least.

The gel printed papers are from a couple of days of playtime, trying to mimic a technique by Robyn McClendon that she calls Venetian Plaster. She uses a weird product called Stainz to get the effect, and these were from some of my attempts to get similar with none of that. The deck of cards was from a box of card decks I found while having a tidy before the in-laws visit and set aside in my craft room. While walking on the treadmill, up popped a 6-year-old video about making a little accordion book from playing cards and that included just a hint about making “washi tape” using Scor-tape. Which I have. Hearing that was enough, no need to watch. I had signed up for a small class (also by Roben Marie) called Urban Journal Remix. THAT came with a load of really lovely printables (you can see a sheet of what she calls washi strips there) that I thought went nicely with the papers. I have something like 23 pages of those and while not all go with my papers, a lot of them do. So there you go. All of those breadcrumbs led me to a creative trail I plan on following to the end.

But before I do, I have some desk hopping to do! Happy WOYWW once more!

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Laser print Image Transfer with the Gel plate and WHITE paint? You BETCHA!

OK, so I am going to be honest with you right up front. If you thought image transfer with BLACK paint was tricky, this is no easier. Be warned.

I think there are lots of moving parts to something like this. You need:

  • the right paint
  • the right AMOUNT of paint
  • the right paper
  • the right printer/toner/amount of toner
  • the right pressure to transfer the image
  • the right timing to take it off
  • the right speed to get the pick-up sheet onto the damp paint…

Dear me. The first thing I solved was the toner. I went in to my printer setting and ramped up the black toner by A LOT. Your printer will be different so I won’t bother showing mine. I think it is also better if you move directly from the printer to the plate, so the toner is … not wet, cause it really never is, but let’s say fresh. I tried a few of the papers we had laying about and the best one was one from NAVIGATOR. You can get it in Tesco in the UK. The key phrases are, I think, Silky Touch and Ultra Bright.

The paint I used, which gave me the best success, was Pebeo White, High Viscosity Opaque paint. I tried a few others which did not work as well (for ME) like this massive bottle of so-called Thick White from Amazon (not thick at all, and not highly pigmented) and Daler Rowney White and one by Crawford & Black.

My first attempt went pretty well. I showed these last week:

I think you can see the image quite clearly on the plate. I suspect it might have been better on a darker print but I do love how old-wallpaper-y it looks.

I also tried a larger print of a scandi pattern from FreePik, I think, which was in B&W already as an SVG.

Wow. That was 100% one of the very best ones. Loved it. I had a few fails. Most of them were trying weird things, like using a vellum to print on for the transfer (the paper curled up as soon as I took it off the plate and while I wrestled with that the paint dried on the plate – BAH!) or trying to transfer the paint onto a background with alcohol ink and paint.

Except for the nose, that transferred really well! But I never could get the paint to move onto the background clearly. I mean, they are OK, but not great.

I’d say the first one is the best, and maybe if I outlined it with white gel pen it would be fine…maybe. I have to decide how much more to play with this. I think if I get an idea that seems to make sense, I might give it a go, but I suspect it more likely that I will only use the technique for very specific things.

I will say I did try a couple of magazine transfers using the white paint with again mixed success. I don’t think I even had the right image, and the “right” ones were too good to destroy on an experiment LOL!

I think in general, prints that are very stark B&W and patterned, like the scandi one above, would be the best ones. I think it is the smaller areas of black and white, evenly mixed on the page, with no large areas, that I had the most success with. I think I will create some repetitive patterns that I can use and see how it goes. I can’t really say what it is about the transfer, versus, for example, a stencil, that I like, but it really does have a different quality that I like.

I do love play time! But my mom’s birthday is today so only playing in the morning. Then tomorrow Darling Daughter “graduates” from Education. She already has a plan for Mom&Daughter movies thru August so who knows if I will be able to keep up? Wish me luck 😀


WOYWW 683 – an overview

Happy WOYWW to all! I am scheduling my WOYWW earlier than usual as I am anxious to play and if I don’t I’ll probably get swept away and forget. Silly me.

I have been playing a bit with my gel plates and some new alcohol inks. I still have a on of the old Ranger ones but all the dull vintage colours mostly left. This new set is all pretty bright and colourful. My desks, before I tidied up for WOYWW, were shocking. It was pretty early and dark and dismal when I took the photo so I amped it up so you can see what’s going on. The later ones are a bit brighter.

Yeesh. Many hours of cleaning and tidying and… across my window desk there is a wide range of handmade tools for gel printing.

The OTHER TOOLS probably need some explaining. The green thing is a slightly domed lid that I use like a baren. A Speedball baren is nearly £30. This one was free 😀 The lego is a placement tool so I can overprint on an existing print and get it right over the same area. The rectangle is an old block with a bit of furniture pad on it that I use to get good pressure with my stamping platform. The blue circles are water bottle lids and the white shapes are also furniture pads. They are flt and work great as alcohol ink application tools and you get tons for £1 and they are sticky on the back. I am a cheapskate at heart, but more importantly I like to use stuff I have before I go buy something.

My main desk is pretty tidy too

I’ll spread out some of my prints from that pile – as is my way, I am exhausting all the techniques that cross my mind with the inks before I move on to play with something else. I like some of them pretty well…

I think that’s quite enough LOL! And what will become of them? No idea. It’s not really about making a thing, it’s about playing and learning. I might tip in a few of my faves in my journal petite or make some ATCs, not sure yet.

But not before I have a lovely hop across the desks. Happy WOYWW!

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About those circles – one done!

I still have a LOT to do on the hexipuff blanket but I have finally finished the gel print circles so I can share a bit more info about the project and the inspiration. I saw a post …. someplace, I forget where, but a quick search led me to this YouTube video

The project is called Biology Rising and the process the artist used to create it… well… WOW. Lots of steps created a stunning result. The short version is gel prints on tissue paper, stuck to wire frames, coated in beeswax, hung like a curtain. With the light coming thru it’s magnificent!

Anyway, if you read regularly, you will have seen my process so far, but I will recap it here:

After sticking the black circles front and back, I cut them all out and began playing around with placement:

I decided that a few empty circles would add something interesting to the mix so I cut a few and played with placement again:

The frames are stuck together with double-stick adhesive. I needed a method to hang them and what I came up with was kinda interesting. I cut a piece of cardboard the width of the window and covered the front with black cardstock. I unbent a few large paper clips, creating a sort of U shape that fit over the window frame. I stuck that to the back of the cardboard with a combo of Art Glitter Glue and strong tape.

Now it is in place, sadly, on quite a dull and dismal day so not seen at it’s best, I think it looks fab.

I’ll hope for a brighter, maybe even sunny day tomorrow. I still have a pile of deli paper to use, and I think I may make a companion piece to fill the other window, as this is a three window bay.

Now, this is not anywhere near as stunning as the original, but I used stuff I had on hand, and all it really took me was the time to make it. The result if really pretty – it lets in plenty f the light so not worried about that being an issue, and it was a lot of fun to make. I will have to see how it looks from the outside LOL! The deli paper has a very definite front and back, and without the beeswax step it doesn’t have the same translucency but my version is achievable with some pretty basic supplies.

Now, back to cranking. Really hope I can get to maybe the halfway point on my blankie (or near to it) so I can share a progress shot.


Gotta love a free workshop!

A couple of weeks ago I signed up for a free workshop from Roben-Marie. I used to see her videos on YouTube eons ago and she popped into my feed. I wandered down a rabbit hole and found this free class she was offering. I thought Why not? and signed up. It was really fun.

Now, to be fair, her style is fabulous but I could never emulate the artistic restraint she has. All of her pages were bordering on minimal, with plenty of space to add extra tiny little bits of collage or daubs of paint. I would have had to work so hard to make pages like that. But the CONCEPT of the album, and the BINDING technique really appealed to me.

Next problem? The whole thing focused on a gutted book cover. I didn’t have one. I had some really BIG books, but no tiny likkle diddy one that would work. What I DID have was more of the canvas boards that I used for my recent mini art journal. So I MADE a book to use in the same way Roben-Marie used her gutted actual book.

I oriented the canvas boards portrait style rather than landscape, as I did for the journal, and it worked really well!

Lots of clips to make sure I got a good bond. Then I covered the outside with a cover-my-desk mop-up sheet of paper and covered the spine with heavy kraft tape stamped to tie it all together.

How long did I dither about which should be the front and which should be the back cover? Don’t ask!

I collected a bunch of things to use for the pages. There were some old Gelli prints, more mop-up sheets, sheets where I brayered off paint when Gelli printing, spray ink and Brusho over-spray sheets, even some newspaper that I stamped some extra gesso images onto then folded and stuck the two sides together to give them a bit more stability. There were some old collages sheets for a project I abandoned, some brush-off ink splotches and heaven knows what else. I took four of the brayer-off sheets and added some stamping and stenciling to what was there, to unify them more colourwise and used them as the folded signatures that the loose pages fit within. Here are some of the bits:

Now all that is needed is to bind it using Roben-Marie’s clever gummed tape binding. Watch this space!


WOYWW 598 – little tag book giftie

Happy WOYWW y’all! STILL not Good as Hell but creeping closer every day….

Today I have a tiny little tag book on my desk, destined as a gift. There is a photo I will hide but I won’t hide some shockingly old throwback supplies there:

When was the last time you used Silkies or Smooch pearlized paints? I am using them on my Gelli plate and they work very well. Here’s the close-up:

The poem is by my favourite poet, E.E. Cummings and is called [i carry your heart with me(i carry it in] . Yep. Weird, I know. You can click the link and read the whole thing if you like. Your should check out r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r as well. You have to read it carefully:

and when you do:

grasshopper who as we look up now gathering into the grasshopper leaps arriving grasshopper to become rearrangingly grasshopper.

Another throwback – remember when circle journals were a massive thing? One of my first spreads in a circle journal was of this poem. I wish I had a copy of it to share but I cast it into the wild and have no idea where it might be. Ah well….

Have a wonderful arty day, and I’ll be popping round to yours any minute now…


In limbo…

Well, the election results are still up in the air. Nothing else to say till they count all the votes.

To keep my mind and hands occupied, I made a little art journal. I have finished the basic construction of the Amazon packaging one, and made the signatures. The watercolour sheets I had were too big, but with careful planning, I was able to get the signatures for that larger journal (pages are 6×10 inches) AND signatures of 6 x just shy of 5 inches so I decided to make a smaller journal too. My plan is for this to be a use-it-up journal , where I can offload extra paint, stencil-stamp, roll off a brayer, etc.

The construction of the journal itself was prompted by some little 5×7 inch canvas-covered boards. I suspect I bought them eons ago for my daughter to paint on and I had a few unused ones. With a bit of canvas I was able to make a cover.

The canvas sheets I had were not big enough so I had to overlap them.

Lots of clamps of many different kinds held it in place – I used strong PVA as the adhesive. 

I used the bookbinding cradle I made for punching the signatures and I have to say I am super happy with how it worked. 

The cover ended up looking like this – really, there are no amazing techniques here, just paint and water and stencils and stamps.  OK, well there was ONE thing, my substitute for nickle Azo gold, which I don’t have, that worked out pretty well.  I’ll explain in another post.

The little skull beads are from knitting stitch marker making – I have loads of them. The inside looks like so – the first signatures is full of paint leftovers so I never have to begin with a blank page, and all the colours are the same as the cover.

The deli paper prints  on the inside of the covers are from that other page in my big journal.  Still love them! The back cover gives a hit that I am not yet successful in pushing the election out of my head!  The phrase is a riff on the thing they say at the end of campaign ads in the USA, My name is XXX and I approved this message. I thought it was pretty appropriate.

My stamping of single letters wasn’t too bad – ever so slightly wonky but overall pretty good. 

I guess I will have to make more of that deli paper – really, I can’t even say how much  love it and how many ideas I have for how to use it.  And it was so easy too! 

What I used up that was old or has been languishing in my stash:

  • the canvas boards
  • the canvas sheets
  • Pearl-ex in Aztec Gold
  • stamps bought on sale for about £3, never used
  • little skull beads
  • black baker’s twine
  • a Gelli print from at least 5 years ago
  • and used up the last of my deli paper prints from last week
  • needle tip bottle still filled with black paint, still flowing freely

All in all that was pretty good! I have managed to resurrect my bottle of crackle paint, and tested it – it still cracks!  I have four more bottles, all but one still factory sealed, and all dry as bones in the desert.  I will perform the same operation on them and then share how I did it.  I will def. use that on my next cover or page!

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Deli paper background for my art journal

I was having a bit of a play with deli paper. I started with a bunch of paint and a brayer and some stencils and some stamps and I created a bunch of sheets in a variety of colours. Basically just went with where the mood took me.

Just perched on the side of my desk there they are hard to see, so I’ll share them individually as well. For the paint I tried to limit myself to two or at most three colours for each sheet and one stencil, repeated in different areas.  One or two stamps, and some lid-rims for the thin circles.

I like them all, to varying degrees, but especially those with the little flashes of gold or copper (hard to see in the photos, as usual.)

I did consider just attaching them to the page, but  I ended up ripping them up and sticking the ripped pieces on the page to make a super busy, colourful background.

I can see the photo I have is of the bits laid, not stuck, on the page.  Oh well.  I can’t show the final completed page anyway, as I have to wait a few days.  I have a plan for it but it could go one of two ways and I have to wait till I “know” before I finish it- in so much as I am ABLE to KNOW, if you know what I mean.  Tomorrow is going to be much stencil cutting and testing, just a few ideas to see how they might look.  Maybe by the weekend I will be able to move forward with it – in joy or with sorrow, only time will tell.


Mount for unmounted stamps – my best use for the Creative Palette (and a cheap alternative)

So there is history here.  You might like to go back and read a few previous posts (or not, as you prefer.)

  • My review of the CP v the Gelli plate and where I die cut it with my Sizzix

That last link is full of warnings – press the stamp HARD onto the CP.  Don’t use it in this way if you worry about messing up whatever you are stamping on to. Shake the mount.  Wash the backs. blah blah blah.

I kept finding that, with every use, the CP surface got less and less sticky and washing it was too much of a bother if I had to do it every time I wanted to stamp an unmounted stamp.

I store most of my unmounted stamps like so:

In binders, and then in baseball card sleeves:

I have not ever wanted to go to the expense of mounting all the stamps, and bulking up the binders.  So over the years I have come up with a few different methods that work for me.  Generally, a strip of strong double-sided tape on a clear mount will do the trick.

I bought a bottle of Aileens Tack It (over & over) cause lots of people recommended it as a good way to make the red rubber, unmounted stamps into “cling” stamps.  It works, sure, but then you have to store all these sticky backed stamps. Ah … No.

Fast forward to the post of CP as mount and….an idea!


Why this works – first, the CP is just a bit spongy.  Not too spongy, but enough that it acts as both the mount and the cushion and gives a nice image (might have been nice had I actually shown that – sorry, I’m out of practice at blogging) especially when stamping on to my cork-floor-tile-in-a-big-ziplock-bag stamping mat. Second, there is only the couple of CP chunks that are sticky. Easy to store.  I keep a lot of plastic packaging.  This is from a Spellbinders die.  I just flipped the halves so rather than tightly encasing the die, there is a slim open area that fits two of the sticky CP bits.

Perfect fit.

Now, this makes sense for me because I already own a (mostly useless for the kind of monoprinting I like to do) Creative Palette.  But the CP is not widely for sale anymore (or not that I could find) and if you don’t already have one, this is not a good enough reason to go buy one.

As a cheap alternative, I had a go at coating a piece of sticky-backed fun foam with the Tack It.  It worked just fine.

There is a slight issue with the fun foam being quite thin.  When you press to stamp the sticky surface can just grab the paper – I found this to be most problematic with tissue paper, not at all an issue with a paint-coated journal page, for example.  I did not find it as much an issue with the CP-as-mount.

In hunting for my CP package, I unearthed a nice gelli-print, so I can add at least one decent looking image for you LOL!:

Now I must decide what to do with it.

If you have a Creative Palette gathering dust, why not turn it into a set of stamp mounts? If you don’t have one, try the sticky-backed fun foam.  Let me know if it works for you!