America has a long tradition of handmade arts and crafts. In the manufacturing age, however, much of this work was overshadowed by the homogenizing force of retail culture. But the passion for handmade arts didn't disappear, and persisted through the years in local craft fairs. Now in the age of the internet, these local craft cultures and artists have found a unifying online community, Etsy, that provides a platform for communication and sales to appreciative fans and customers, as well as a medium to connect with each other and share ideas across the globe.
Vanessa Bertozzi, Director of Community & Education, Etsy
Alyssa Zygmunt, http://www.etsy.com/shop/BROOKLYNrehab
Allison Patrick, http://www.etsy.com/shop/zipper8lighting
Katherine Rasmussen, http://www.etsy.com/shop/reiter8
So many people are getting into image transfer techniques, you will need to take care to push your image-making, or it may end up looking like a creative memories scrapbook or an Instagram filter. Keep pushing your image content, especially when using crafty materials and popular techniques!
Remember: if a 3 year old can do it on an iphone, or your aunt makes scrapbooks that look like it... you're not really challenging yourself as an artist.
There are many tutorials and techniques online:
Note in each tutorial... What kind of print do they use (Laser or Inkjet? It matters!)
I like this technique, it uses inkjet transparency film to transfer the image quite quickly:
Heat transfer onto wood using Laserjet print (NOT LAZERTRAN):
In this video tutorial, Nick Tobier shows step-by-step how to create an inkjet transfer.
Some techniques using gel medium require you to rub the paper surface away to reveal the transfer image...
A mixed media tutorial on Gel Transfers by Darlene Olivia McElroy:
This one uses DASS SuperSauce Concentrate (special products you must buy online):
There are tons of great tutorials and tips about how to transfer digital images onto various surfaces...
see my links below, and add your own to the comments...
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Digital Monoprint Transfers
Simple image transfer using transparency film
more info + YouTube demos...