Thursday, January 26, 2012

Stuck .. in a good way!

Every Once in awhile a New product comes along that just grabs you... it gets you playing. You find yourself thinking Ohh I can this.. Or this.. Oooh OR THAT!  and one idea after another comes to mind. I found that with the textures from DecoArt.. and they STILL do that.. but recently I realized that I am STUCK on "Decoupage". I LOVE this medium.

I have used just about every Decoupage medium/modpodge/Glue I can think of and NONE have been as easy to use,or as versatile as the "De-cou-Page" from Deco Art. It has little to no odour, it washes up with soap and water, it's tintable, is available in TWO sheen levels ( Gloss and Matt) and it has a tremendous spread rate. I haven't figured out exactly HOW many feet to a bottle... mainly because I haven't hit the bottom of the bottle yet. 
I keep finding fun and interesting things to do with this medium and today I learned a new one! and I am THRILLED.. IMAGE TRANSFER!!

Most of us have worked with Transfer gels and mediums, Some have a bigger learning curve than others, some are smelly and messy, and some are just a nightmare to work with but in the end they all work. I discovered the other day that the De-cou-page will image transfer and soooo easily. I was giddy!

Step one:If your working on an art piece .. paint the area to the final step ( no shading you'll do that after) This will work on almost any base coated surface!)

Step two: Use a laser copy of the image you want to transfer( Reverse the image, particularly if it has Text or Numerals)

Step Three: Trim the image you want to transfer to fit the shape of the area you want to transfer to.( If you make it smaller, you may end up with edges that show) Or tear the paper to the smaller shape so that you don't have any straight edges.


Step four: Apply a Generous coat of the De-cou-Page to the surface. Lay the paper FACE DOWN into the wet medium. Roll it with a Brayer to smooth it out and remove bubbles and excess medium.( Wipe the excess away with a damp cloth.)Let it dry Thoroughly!

Step Five: With a very moist terry cloth face cloth, gently moisten the paper and then gently scrub it away until you can clearly see the image. Let it dry.

Step Six:Apply another coat  of the De-cou-page to the surface and let dry.

Step Seven: Go Ahead and add all your shadows and Highlights to your piece!! VOILA!!  Easy Image Transfer!

Get yourself a bottle in your choice of sheen and try this technique!! it can be done on all kinds of painted surfaces!! ( And TEXTURES too!!)

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