Charcoal Girl Transfer Combine 1-2

Ursula's Digital Mixed-Media
Laser Transfer Method Gelli Arts Plate- Tweak

A few weeks ago, I posted a write up and video of how I do Laser Transfers with the Gelli Arts plate. I’ve been doing a lot of them lately and I tweaked my original method a little bit. I did not video this but I will explain the update shortly. In the meantime, if you did not see the original post, you can view that first here. It also describes what I do with the leftovers. I have tried a new brand of wipes for that technique and will update that below as well.

The tweaks I made to the process are pretty simple…

Tweak number 1: I decided to just not go over the transfer with another coat of paint. Instead, I roll the paint of my choice onto the Gelli Arts Printing Plate and lay a piece of cardstock on top and rub the back to pick up the paint just as if I was doing a straight print. Then I set that aside for a minute.

Tweak Number 2: I then do the Laser transfer part almost the same way, except that when I put out the paint I am going to use on the plate, I add a small drop of Alcohol Ink. In my case, I was using Amsterdam Paint which is much heavier than the Golden Fluid Acrylics that I normally use. So, the alcohol ink thinned it down and I feel like it made for a better print. So this step may or may not be necessary depending on the paint that you are using, but it might be worth a try if you are having trouble with transfers.

Now instead of coming over the transfer with additional paint, potentially messing up the transfer, I use the painted card stock I set aside from tweak number 1 and just lay that on top of the transfer on the Gelli Arts plate and rub/brayer to pick up the paint from the transfer.

Here are a couple of transfers using this method:

Charcoal Girl Transfer 1-1
Charcoal Girl Transfer 1-1

 

Charcoal Girl Transfer 1-3
Charcoal Girl Transfer 1-3

I decided that I liked the design with the mirror, although the girl was not transferred as completely as the image above, so I brought them into Photoshop and cut out the girl from the mirror and used the other girl in the layer underneath.

Here is how it turned out:

Charcoal Girl Transfer Combine 1-2
Charcoal Girl Transfer Combine 1-2

 

I also tweaked the mirror layer to try a different color although I think I like the original one better:

Charcoal Girl Transfer Combine 1-1
Charcoal Girl Transfer Combine 1-1

And finally, I haven’t done anything but “clean” the leftover print, but here she is waiting to be enhanced with inks, paints etc…

Charcoal Girl Transfer Leftover
Charcoal Girl Transfer Leftover

Hope you are having fun with your transfers! Enjoy!!

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