Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Decoart Media Matte Medium Image Transfer onto Fabric

Today I am sharing a technique for image transfer onto fabric using DecoArt Media Matte Medium. For this tutorial I have used cheesecloth but have also had success using this technique on cotton and t-shirt material.

What you will need:
  • Laser or inkjet printed image which has been reversed (note both printers can be used but crisper results are achieved with a laser print)
  • DecoArt Media Matte Medium
  • Flat brush
  • Material (I used cheesecloth)
  • Brayer
  • Sponge
  • Water
  • Heat tool
The image I have used is Study of a Woman's Head by the great Leonardo da Vinci and can be found as a free download on my website here.

Here's how to create your transfer:
  1. Lay your fabric on a non-stick surface, I am using a Teflon sheet.

2. Apply a generous coat of matte medium to the fabric.

3. You want to cover an area just slightly larger than the image you are using.

4. Apply a coat of Media Matte Medium to the printed side of your image and dry with a heat tool.

5. When the matte medium on the material has turned tacky, apply a second coat to the printed side of the image. 

6. Immediately lay the image in place on the fabric, face down as shown.

7. Brayer over the surface, removing any air bubbles or excess matte medium.

8. Peel the material away from the non-stick surface.

9. Leave to dry over night or alternatively place in front of an electric fan heater on high for a couple of hours (not too close!).

10. Once dry moisten the surface with water using a wet sponge and leave to soak in for 1 minute.

11. Take your wet sponge and start rubbing the surface gently using circular motions to remove the paper.

12. Continue doing this until all the paper is removed, dry with your heat tool. If you see any white paper remaining after drying continue with the sponge to remove it.

13. You should be now left with a very flexible image transferred piece of material to use in your mixed media projects - you can even use it for sewing.

I would recommend if attempting to wash the fabric that you do so by hand in cool water.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial - if you make something with this technique please do share it with me in the comments below.

See you soon,

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

As Seen on TV!

Not long now until the launch of The Craft Channel - featuring yours truly! Here's me in training to be in front of the camera - I think I did okay, with a a lot of help and advice from Debbie Greenwood.

The channel launches at 8am on 14th September on Sky 261 and Freesat 402, Freeserve channel is to be announced.
I'll be demonstrating for DecoArt and I'll be posting details of my debut show as soon as I know when it will be (you can also get their newsletter). I will have some great demonstrations with DecoArt kits and some brand new products (but sshhhh - don't tell anyone I told you that!).

Apparently titivation is not part of the package so if anyone would like to do my make-up please bring a suitable trowel!


Friday, 28 August 2015

DecoArt Media Goes to Blogland

Did you know that DecoArt Media now has its very own dedicated blog? You can enjoy the work of the Design Team (which includes a wealth of international talent) and learn lots of techniques with regular projects and tutorials. We also have two very new artists on the team whose bios are not up yet - Tracy Scott and Tracy Easson.

Check it out here - well worth following. (Oh, and while you are there sign up for the newsletter - not only for the frankly awesome 'Ask Andy' column but for the fantastic giveaways!)


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

A Bit Rusty

I am hoping to get back to regular blogging and as there is a lot to catch up on I thought I'd share some YouTube videos I made a few months ago that you might have missed.

Those of you that know me will recognise that rust techniques are a signature of mine - something I use often on my pieces. I get asked about this technique a lot, so I created three videos showing you how you can easily achieve an old, rusted look using DecoArt Media products.

Hope you enjoy!

Easy Rust Painting Part 1

Easy Rust Painting Part 2

Easy Rust Painting Part 3

You can find all my videos on my YouTube channel.


Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Easy Image Transfer

If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen this image transfer canvas I made recently as a gift for my daughter. The image shows my grandchildren.

I used a plywood substrate painted with Americana Decor Chalky Finish from DecoArt, which gives a lovely smooth surface for transferring onto. I added a layer of Carbon Chalky Finish first then (once dry) a coat of Everlasting Chalky Finish. I sanded back the top coat on the edges to reveal some of the Carbon paint beneath.

I then applied the picture using an image transfer technique with DecoArt Media Matte Medium and a home printed image (laser prints work best for this). Below are a couple of videos to show you how easy it is to create this kind of transfer for yourself. 

I think a little piece of art like this makes a wonderful personalised gift, especially for Christmas or a special event like a Christening or Wedding.

Image Transfer Media Matte Medium
This video shows you how to perfectly transfer a printed image using Media Matte Medium - it's a really easy technique that produces very cool, professional-looking results.

Image Transfer Opacity and Colouring
If you want to take the technique a little further then this video shows you how to do just that, by adding opaque areas and coloured areas to your transfer.

You can find more information about the DecoArt Media mediums over on their website.

I am planning to blog more regularly now (famous last words!) so watch this space!