For today's Element d'Art... I have been doing a lot of daydreaming and watching the clouds lately. We've had some spectacular sunsets and sunny days lately here in Central New York. So, I took the opportunity to create a wooden mini album documenting my whimsical images of clouds and myself. I used a lot of image transfer techniques in this album. One is using a common item that you are sure to have around in this time of battling the illnesses. Purell hand sanitizer can be used to transfer images and creates a distressed and interesting look. Here's the project I used it on:
This little wooden album was given to me my Genuinely Jane and it was perfect to use for this project! The cloud cut out was already a feature!
I printed most all of my images on an ink jet transparency and used this one for the window. Behind it was the transfer of trees from my backyard without their leaves (ours are all bare now).
This was a Purell transfer! I will show you how, below...
First, prepare your surface paper, wood slightly sanded, fabric, or any bare surface that is NOT sealed with acrylic or medium. It won't work over those materials without a sealant added.
Print your image onto an Apollo Ink Jet Transparency and trim to size. Using a brush (I like a soft bristle brush, but I think you can use a foam brush too) brush a layer of Purell onto the surface. It will dry fast so add another layer. It should not be too thick. This is a fast process...
Immediately put your image face down onto the wet surface and lightly burnish with your fingers or bone folder. Don't rub too hard or it will smear. Lift a corner to test if it's transferring. I did some test runs on watercolor paper or shipping tags to see how much I'd need to make it work. Trial and error is key!
Lift off and viola! If some ink smeared, use a tiny bit of Purell on a Q-tip as an "eraser". You don't want to keep it on too long or the coating that the ink is printed on will come off and stick to the surface causing some tearing and issues.
Here are the rest of my pages using Purell transfers and Golden gel medium transfers! It was fun to work with the wood surface and these techniques!
I hope you have been inspired to use your hand sanitizer in a whole new way! While the images are not as clear as the traditional gel medium transfer, it is fun to play with and your brushes will be super clean and sanitized as well!