A How To Guide

Photo transfers allow photographers to experiment with media and transform their images into unique works of art. This tutorial will focus on matte medium transfers onto fabric.

S T E P O N E Print your photograph onto regular computer paper on an inkjet printer. Trim the white edges (I prefer a torn edge).

S T E P T W O Coat your fabric with a matte or gel medium. The medium should saturate the fabric but be smoothed out evenly.

S T E P T H R E E Press the photograph onto the sticky coated fabric with the image side down. Smooth out any bubbles.

S T E P F O U R Gently wet the back of the image with a damp cloth. Use a dabbing motion and do not over soak the piece.

S T E P F I V E Very gently rub the wet paper backing off the image. If you rub too hard or peel you may remove the image itself. However remember that slight imperfections add to the effect.

A D M I R E Y O U R W O R K ! You may stop here or continue to add paint or mixed media touches. Keep in mind that the image will fade as it dries.

S T E P S I X Dry your work and refer back to the image on your computer screen to determine how you would like to apply watercolor or other mixed media.

I find that watercolor is a good way to add color saturation and a soft handmade look, while still allowing the original image to show through.

S T E P S E V E N Mix watercolors to match or enhance your original image. Again remember the color will fade as the water dries. I tend blow dry and layer paint two or three times.

S T E P E I G H T The last part of my process is to pop some highlights with a little acrylic white paint. I've also tried embroidery thread and permanent pens.

Experiment, make it your own, and most importantly HAVE FUN!




I will be completing one woodland photo transfers a day during the month of January as part of the Baltimore Fun-a-Day project. #funbaltimore Please follow me on Instagram to see my daily altered photos and tag me if you give this a try. @astokes_photo

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