I love the idea of image transfer, but it’s always seemed far too complicated. I’m not really up for things that have more than 2 or 3 steps, or that take a very long. The whole “…then leave it overnight” thing just doesn’t work for me. However, I recently read the following: “Use parcel tape on an image in a magazine, rub your finger over it, then soak [overnight] & rub off the paper.”
Seemed too good to be true.
It seriously isn’t. I literally did exactly the above. . . Rubbed it a bit, didn’t wait around at all, then plunged it into a bowl of water. “Isn’t the word ‘plunged’ a bit melodramatic?”, I hear you ask. Why no: no it’s not, I was that excited.
I swished it around in the water for a bit. My top tip for the rubbing process is to use your index finger, and to do little circles — first in the middle of the back of the image, then work outwards. Just seems to be the easiest way to get off the paper backing. Also: you may need to go over it two or three times, or else you may still have bits of paper residue on the back.
The one above is my favorite, but I also did this . . .
. . . which I like in a slightly creepy way. Second tip: you should probably get special clear glue. I used super glue and you can see where the image moved around after my first placement, when some of the image came off. Actually, I now think this ‘mistake’ works well for this red one. . . Also for this next one:
For the blue bird one, however, I didn’t want any bits missing so I had to be super super careful with the placement of the tape.
I also think this would work very nice for votive candle holders & on mirrors, but this is all I’ve done so far. By the way— this only works with magazines. I tried just printing out an image on paper, but that mostly just came off with the paper. Might work better printing with fancy photo paper, which I haven’t got round to trying yet. If anyone else has, please let me know. Enjoy.