Image Transfers and Mixed Media

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You may have your own craft that you do, but you can always expand and enhance your art by mixing in images and photos. If you’re a needlework crafter, try doing an image transfer and then embroidery around the image! Or maybe you want to try putting an image on an old wooden box you have lying around. Here are some physical and digital books as well as some online classes where you can learn multiple transfer techniques and the best ways to transfer your images to multiple types of surfaces.

And don’t forget to check out our YouTube channel @clpvideo to see an example of image transfer and more creative inspiration!

Titles Available Exclusively on Hoopla:

Playing With Image Transfers: Exploring Creative Imagery for Use in Art, Mixed Media and Design by Courtney Cerruti

This is a beautiful and helpful resource that will teach you four image transfer methods with packing tape, solvent, medium and acrylic while highlighting basic methods and offering projects across a range of interests and applications. You’ll learn how to make beautiful items including gift boxes, albums, sketchbook covers, wall art, accordion books and much more. Once you’ve mastered the techniques, you’ll also explore different surfaces as a base for transferring including wood, fabric, paper, canvas and book forms. A beautiful gallery will show the use of image transfers in a wide variety of high-end artistic works to get your creative juices flowing.

Resources Available Exclusively on Creativebug:

Image Transfer Votives by Creativebug TV

Check out this video from Creativebug TV about how to use image transfer techniques to add images to glass votive jars. Use your Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh card to access this resource.

Image Transfer by Courtney Cerruti

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned artist, learning how to create image transfers will introduce you to a whole new world of using creative imagery in your work. Courtney will show you the best methods for a range of techniques using inexpensive materials including how to create transparent layers. The resulting images are beautiful for adding dimension and depth to various art projects, from paper arts and collage to fiber arts and more.

Create With Transfer Artist Paper

Lesley Riley is one of the inventors of transfer art paper and an unparalleled expert on how to use it for maximum creative effect. She’ll teach you how to create unique fabric images from photographs that stay vibrant and colorfast, even after washing. You can use Lesley’s photo transfer methods to quickly create your own masterpieces by using an inkjet printer and art supplies you already have at home.

Also available on OverDrive.

Wen Redmond's Digital Fiber Art: Combine Photos & Fabric

Compose, create and print innovative art quilts starting from your own digital photographs-even those from your phone! Well-known fiber artist Wen Redmond starts with the tools and equipment you’ll need (any image-editing software and a standard inkjet printer) and teaches you to alter images, print them on a variety of fibers and accentuate them with stitching. With a sense of adventure, even a beginner can apply these techniques to create new and innovative works of art.