Photo Transfers

Transfer a photo onto a painting.

I’ve been wanting to try this for ages, so when the topic came up for an article on, I had to give it a try.  Please ignore the pictures I used in the article.  They don’t allow you to supply your own pictures–you have to choose from their stock library and the options were limited.

Sketch of the painting

I printed a picture (just on my ink-jet printer) I took of my husband and daughter walking down the street in New York and rubbed the back with a pencil.  Then I traced the major lines onto a canvas.  I just continued the lines that were in the photo through the rest of the canvas using a ruler.


After I painted the picture, I took my gel medium and brushed it on the face of the picture then placed, ever so carefully, face down on the canvas.  It’s like an adhesive that soaks up the ink.

When the gel medium dried I took my biggest brush, saturated with water, and rubbed the paper off.  It took A LOT of rubbing.  I rubbed a little too vigorously in a couple of place because the canvas underneath started showing, but I think I like the look, so it’s okay.

About sappling

When God created the world, he did it in six days and rested on the seventh. I always wished there was just one more day in the week, an eighth day just for me to pursue the thoughts in my head and translate them to the physical world. There are only seven days, however, so I steal my creative moments in between being a mom and my work binding books and making boxes for clients all over New York City. I love working with my hands, learning new things, and I'm here to share those lessons with you. There are only seven days in a week. Why not eight? Guess I'll ask when I get there.
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