Mixed media with image transfer and photo prints

This mixed media collage is actually a test piece where I was experimenting with different materials.
I chose an 11X14 canvas board and partially covered it with pieces of an old newspaper and different textured papers. I used mod podge to adhere the papers to the canvas. The mod podge also acts a protective finish. In order to add some color to the mix I used acrylic paints which I often favor as they dry quite fast.
I experimented with different type of printed cutouts. I used inkjet and also professional photo prints. No doubt the professional ones worked much better while the inkjet was not as sturdy and water resistant.
I also experimented with two types of image transfer. The inkjet transfer (done with mod podge) was weaker and somewhat faded (the birds are inkjet transfer). The Xerox transfer worked out perfectly and definitely justified the effort of making photocopies and of course the long wait for the transfer to take place. But of course the choice between photocopy transfer and a printer transfer completely depends on the look and feel one is trying to achieve.
I even tried drawing… but soon decided its not really my best talent and I should probably give it up.
Overall I liked using transfers with the mixed media collage over the photo prints mainly for two reasons: 1) using photographic prints didn’t feel like they are going to be long lasting and they might just come off some day in the future. 2) The image transfers simply blend in much better with the other elements of the mixed media artwork.
So here it is. Not yet a masterpiece.

Mixed media with image transfer and photo prints

5 comments for “Mixed media with image transfer and photo prints

  1. February 1, 2009 at 12:51 am

    I love the result. I like it – it looks original and refreshing 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Shoe Carnival
    February 19, 2009 at 8:21 am

    World needs more souls like you.

  3. April 9, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Love how you share. I am a transfer freek when I can find the time, and you are just a wealth of information, and save me time from messing up! A huge thanks!

  4. Maria
    December 8, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I tried to download your books in Lulu, but I couldn’t…
    They seem very interesting. I teach my students to do that kind of work, I love it!

  5. Christine
    March 1, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Hi How did you do the transfers?

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