Packing Tape and Colored Pencil Image Transfer Tutorial
In my last post I gave you a short tutorial on using a laser copy to make a transfer.
This time I experimented with image transfers using packing tape and an original drawn image.
You can do these same steps with packing tape and a copy from a laser printer or you can use a magazine image. I have done those before but I have never seen it done with an original drawing.
You may ask, why wouldn’t I just draw right onto the page that I put the transfer on? Good question!
I came up with a few reasons why you may want to try this:
- The texture of the page is a bit bumpy and rough, not allowing good contact of colored pencils with the surface of the substrate
- The surface of the substrate is too slick to allow you to draw on it, like a glass votive holder
- You drew the image somewhere else and now you want to add it into your journal (or other substrate like a painting or collage)
- You want the image to be transparent and collaging an image directly onto your substrate will not render a transparent image
- You want to audition images before committing them to the artwork or art journal
- It’s fun
The steps for a packing tape and colored pencil image transfer are easy:
- Select your image. My image was a quick sketch with Prismacolor colored pencils on printer paper. I trimmed my image to fit within the width of the tape.
- Place the tape on top of the image (sticky side to the colored pencil). (I was starting with a new roll, so the matte part of the tape in the photo above is the beginning of the roll.)
- Burnish the tape onto the image. I used the handle of my scissors. You can use a bone folder, a popsicle stick or the back of a spoon. Tip: I was working on a non-stick teflon® surface, otherwise I would have had problems lifting up the tape from my usual paper covered table!
- Flip the tape and image over. I used my index finger to add a few drops of water. You don’t need a lot to begin with. Let it soak in for a little bit.
- Rub the wet paper off the back of the image.
- Add more water as needed to get all the paper off.
- Use matte medium to attach it to the substrate. You can use a gloss medium or gel as well, but in an art journal I like to use a matte product to prevent facing pages from sticking to each other.
- Press down over the top of the tape to insure proper contact with the substrate. I like using a painting knife.
As you can see from this photo, when you are looking at it straight on, you can hardly tell that it is a transfer. When you tilt the page to the side, then you can see that it’s glued onto the page.
I think it would be fun to layer multiple images.
How else could use an original image and packing tape transfer?