Today I’m wrapping up the series of tutorials that I’ve been sharing on my favorite image transfer methods. This last one, using clear acrylic caulk as the transfer medium, is a really wonderful and very permanent method, but it’s also more time consuming and a bit more physical. You really need to use a strong and heavy base to receive the image, and I especially recommend a canvas board or masonite.
1. Toner copies work best, so I recommend xeroxing your image. Like the paper transfers that we did, caulk transfers reverse the image, so keep that in mind as you prepare your picture. Paint the surface of your canvas and apply any other collaged images desired before doing the transfer. Leave a good deal of extra paper around your image so that it will be much larger than the caulked area. You need to avoid getting any of the caulk on the back side of the paper when you go to do the transfer.
2. Apply a thin but thorough coat of caulk to the canvas in the spot where the transfer is to be placed. Position the image ink side down and burnish well to remove all air bubbles. Let it dry overnight.
3. Tear off the extra paper and wet the paper backing thoroughly. Rub off the paper. You’ll have to rewet and rub several times before all the fibers will be removed. The image will be embedded in the clear caulk when you are finished.
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