Not owning a laser printer meant an extra step and expense so I did some, then moved on.
|Miss 2 of hearts|
|Miss 2 of diamonds|
Julie Fei-Fen Balzer introduced me to using magazine images for tape transferring images and I've been doing them ever since.
This tape transfer video by Julie is the quickest and best video on YouTube, believe me I've watched a lot of them.
From Julie and experience I've learned that better quality magazines will yield better tape transfers, but even thin magazine/catalog papers will still transfer.
So don't be afraid to try a variety of images and magazines!
I get catalogs in the mail and often find interesting images to transfer or silhouette. Another great source of magazines is our public library, which sells them for 25 cents each.
Tear out the images that grab your attention and some packing tape and give this quick and easy technique a try.
|ATC with laser tape transfer|
Happily, I've learned to add more background color and texture to my ATCs. When working with a new technique, I really like to experiment on ATCs, somehow the size is less intimidating.
As I gain confidence with a technique like tape transfers, items like this door knocker sneak their way into art journals.
|night illustration on journal inclusion|
The colors and artwork in some catalogs and magazines can be a great starting off places for your own art whether it be and ATC, art journal or large canvas.
The semi-transparent quality of tape transfers is a great way to integrate layering with color and texture.
Oil pastels and a charcoal pencil were used to enhance this transfer. Can you see the numbers beneath her skin? Many layers add interest to this inclusion. Not aiming for perfection with my art journaling, so the white line where packing tape overlapped, to me, just adds character to her new portrait.
Now full pages are getting tape transfers. What do you think of HOPE, too much magenta and texture showing through? I like her, not perfect just real, different and FUN!
|Hope art journal page|
Have YOU tried tape transfers or will you try them now? Just remember to have fun and enjoy whatever you DO :)