Gel transfer decals- I love this process :)
This is a current project I am creating using this process. It is a self portrait project that that I am using different photo effects and creating decals that I am applying to glass.
You will need acrylic gel medium( this comes in gloss,matt and in different strengths from extra heavy to lighter) I prefer the extra heavy but it's up to you. Transfer medium btw is a thick acrylic glue. Though many people prefer using photo copies to do this process I prefer using inkjet prints with pigmented inks though many people tend to think using inkjet doesn't tend to work. But I have been doing it this way for years.
As a decal
- Photocopy or print your image normally on plain paper Don't use heavy photo paper
- Brush on three coats of transfer medium, horizontally, vertically and diagonally, letting it dry between each coat. I have used 2 coats applied thickly and have had much luck. I use a hairdryer to speed up the process between coats:)
- Trim around the image.
- Most people will soak the image in water until the back side that does not contain medium peels away, but as for me I prefer moistening my fingers and rubbing the back of the paper that way and being very gentle as it can tear. But either way you choose to do be delicate as it is fragile
- Lay it face down on a smooth surface and gently use your finger to roll away the paper backing. When the paper is off, remove the remaining paper residue with a soft cloth. Let it dry. To dry faster use a hairdryer:)
- Affix the image decal to a surface you desire with the gel medium you used to coat the image.
- You now have created your first gel medium decal. Have fun with it explore other gel medium processes that you can find online.
- Remember to have fun.