Acrylic Transfer-How to Create an Acrylic Transfer

green and white leafed plantsThe process of creating an acrylic transfer is easy. An acrylic transfer can be a great way of creating visual art. It can be created on almost any surface that will accept acrylic paint and virtually any image that can be photocopied can be transferred. An acrylic transfer basically takes the ink from a photocopied surface and makes it a part of the acrylic on a new surface. Acrylic transfers, when embedded into a surface can produce expressive, dreamy like images. It also allows an artist to embed images into paintings without harming the original. You will need a few supplies in order to create an acrylic transfer. First, you will need a surface to work on. This can be any surface that will accept acrylic paint. Watercolor paper and canvas work great. You will also need acrylic gesso, brushes, acrylic gel medium, a photocopied image, and acrylic paint. Cover the surface with gesso first and let it dry. You may want to add some color to the surface. You can do this with acrylic paint. Allow this layer of acrylic paint to dry. Tear or cut the photocopied image to the size that you want the transfer to be. Apply a liberal amount of the acrylic gel medium to the area that you want the acrylic transfer to be located. Place the the photocopied image face down onto the prepared surface. Let this area dry completely. You may use a heat gun or a hair dryer to speed up the drying time. Next, spray the area with water using a spray bottle. Really soak the surface well and let the paper absorb the water. Take a cloth and rub the wet paper off to reveal your transfered image. Remember that your transfered image will be in reverse of your original image. So be careful with text. You can embellish your acrylic transfer with acrylic paint, oil pastels, colored pencils, and so on. Be creative and have fun. The following video art lesson shows you the steps of creating an acrylic transfer…

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