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For this ATC I used a gel medium transfer technique for the background.

You can see the tan paper I used through the transfer.

Someone asked me what a gel medium transfer was, below is the condensed version, I will post a video later.

Gel medium transfer is fairly labor intensive, but allows you to use any image as a transfer while allowing backgrounds to show through and maintains crisp lines and images.

To create a gel medium transfer:

  • Select an image from a news paper, print, copy.
  • Layer a thin coat of gel medium  either length-wise or height-wise and let dry.
  • Add another coat in the opposite direction. Then add another coat.
    • Some recommend doing this 6-7 times, but it can become quite thick.
  • After the final coat let the gel medium dry at least 8 hours.
  • Soak the transfer in slightly warm water for 10 minutes.
  • Gently peel the paper backing off your transfer (you may need to re-wet).
  • Pat dry. After the transfer dries you may see more paper, re-soak and re-peel the remaining paper.
  • Apply to your ATC or altered art with a think layer of gel medium

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