Mod Podge Laser Transfer
Porous surface otherwise Mod Podge may not adhere securely
MUST HAVE!!!! Printed LASER image (I will demo black and white)
Wood, Paper (thicker the better i.e. watercolor), Tightly Stretched Canvas, Canvas board…. Any other durable POROUS surface (a lot of elbow grease is involved!)
Sponge Flat Brush… a big as you want depending on the size you are working
Flat Brush…. doesn’t have to be the best brush, preferably Nylon, they lose less bristles, should be pretty stiff like a brush used for acrylics. Also the kind of brush you choose depends on the amount of texture you want. The Mod Podge can hold brush textures pretty well.
Foil… to set wet brush/ surface on so as not to stick to
Cup/Jar… for warm water to rinse brush or dilute
A Few Dual Sided Sponges… spongy side and scrubby side
Mod Podge Matte… comes in several different kinds, I prefer matte you can try the other ones if you want.
If you choose to do under-painting (must be non-oil based) or collage I suggest you prep the surface after finishing your painting or collage with Mod Podge, if you choose not to do either I suggest you still prep your surface before transferring with Mod Podge.
1. Apply Mod Podge thickly atop bare surface or under-painting/ collage to seal.
(Also if you apply thick layers of Mod Podge between layers in a collage it will give it depth)
2. LET DRY (several hours, or blow dry med. Heat let sit 2 hours)
3. Coat surface a second time with Mod Podge (not quite as thick as before)
4. While STILL WET lay desired image for transfer facedown atop wet surface and rub back of paper firmly with something like the back of a spoon to press image entirely into Mod Podge. (Make sure image has been reversed in photoshop, especially if there are words in the image, otherwise they will transfer backwards)
5. LET DRY (usually takes 24 hours to dry entirely)
6. Carefully peal image off (the mod podge acts like glue so the paper is not going to peal off cleanly there will still be paper stuck to the surface.)
7. Dampen Sponge with warm water and wet the paper remaining on the surface.
8. Gently rub off remaining paper with the sponge or your finger tips, Rub as hard or soft as you want/can depending on how much paper is left on the surface or how much of the image you want transferred. Use the scrubby side for stubborn areas but careful not to scrub too hard.
9. LET DRY (you can use a blow drier to speed it along)
10. Once dry check to see if there are areas that dried too white (meaning not all or enough of the paper was removed) If so Repeat Step 8.
11. After you’ve removed as much of the paper as possible wipe the surface down to remove left over scraps of removed paper and dampen on final time.
12. While surface is still wet, seal one final time with a thick layer of Mod Podge.
13. LET DRY (you can use the blow drier but preferably not, it can make the Mod Podge a little tacky and should sit afterwards for 2 more hours)
14. If you want you can paint or collage on top of the transfer. You can also transfer additional images on top of original transfer. Experiment to find what you like or what works best for you.
IT IS A LOT OF TRIAL AND ERROR, be prepared to do several experiments.