Gel Transfer Project

idea to try some printing at home. Saw lots of beautiful rusted things, and thought a print on metal would be fun to try.

I was inspired by this online <a href=” “>tutorial I bought some copper sheet and gel medium from the local craft store.

2. I used software on my home computer to make a reversed copy of my image. Although the tutorial said the photocopy must be from a laser copier, I was impatient and my first try was with an ink jet copy from my home printer. Fail! It was a bit punishing as I had to wait for 24 hours to ensure the solution dried. My following attempts were from prints on a laser printer. As per tutorial, regular copy paper was used, not photo paper.

3. I cut some copper aluminium sheeting and applied gel medium to the surface. The copied image was then placed face down and adhered to the sheet.

4. Left for 24 hours to dry thoroughly, then a dampened sponge applied to the surface and the paper peeled gently using fingers to rub the surface. This process needed to be redone a handful of times to reveal the image.

5. After several attempts with the copper sheeting, I then tried the same technique using an artist canvas for my surface.

Result: The results on the copper sheeting weren’t great. Not enough image and background. The canvas produced a far better result, but still this medium feels too delicate. I was continually worried I would scratch and remove all layers when I was doing the peeling. This did in fact happen a few times. For the result I didn’t feel the effort was worth it. I put a layer of gel medium over the top of the image after I’d completed removing the layers. The result is ‘rustic’, scratchy and dusty looking.
Next time if I want to have a similar look I’ll just do some decoupage and lacquer over the top, rather than a transfer.


Aluminum copper sheet roll 38 gauge $19.99

$1.99 foam brush,

Matissse $15.99 gloss finish gel medium 250gm, 

Artist’s Canvas  $3.99



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