Art Techniques | 25 September 2015Create a Twinkling Landscape Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Give your home a whimsical feel with these beautiful glass votive candle holders from Playing with Image Transfers. Add your own photos for the perfect, personalized gift! Add a photo to a simple glass votive to create a dreamy and atmospheric image lit from within. MATERIALS Method: Packing Tape Transfer (see below) glass votive holders with straight sides in various sizes bone folder or burnishing tool wax votive candles in various sizes CONSIDERATIONS Place a grouping of votives on a mantle for instant décor or create a tablescape for an intimate dinner. 1. Place your packing tape transfer onto the outer surface of the glass votive. Align and burnish out any bubbles with your fingers. Repeat this step for multiple votives. 2. Place the candle inside the votive and watch your transfer light up. Tip Packing tape transfers with lots of light, white, or open space, especially images of skin, can look a little ghostly when lit. Opt for landscapes, architectural images, and high-contrast black-and-white images or bright colors, which look best when lit. Votives with straight sides work best. Packing Tape Transfer 1. Cut a strip of packing tape the size of your image. Carefully lay the tape, sticky side down, across the image, starting at one end and slowly working your way across. Press down the tape with your fingers and then burnish with a bone folder from the center out to remove any bubbles or creases. (See A.) Burnish thoroughly so that the ink from the image sticks to the tape. Anywhere there is a bubble or crease will be clear or blank. If you do get a bubble or crease you cannot burnish out, don’t worry—this can add an interesting distressed effect to your transfer. 2. Tear or cut around the tape and place into the basin of warm water with the tape glossy side down and the paper facing you. 3. With your thumbs, rub (do not scratch) away the paper backing until all the paper pulp is removed. Once the tape is wet, you may not be able to see any remaining paper, but you will be able to feel its fibrous and fuzzy texture. A finished transfer will be smooth. The great thing about packing tape transfers is their immediacy and forgiving nature. You can leave packing tape transfers in water and they won’t dissolve or deteriorate. This is especially helpful when working with thicker paper. You can also rub quite aggressively without harming them. 4. Once the pulp is gone, remove the tape from the water. Squeegee the length of the tape with your fingers and allow it to dry on a nonporous surface such as metal, plastic, or glass or sticky side up on a piece of waxed paper. 5. As the transfer dries, the tape will become sticky again. The tape brand and type of magazine page can affect the level of stickiness, so experiment until you find what you like to work with. Use a glue stick if the transfer isn’t sticky enough. If any paper fibers reappear after the transfer has dried, remoisten the tape with water and continue to rub away the fibers. Save your dried transfers on waxed paper for future use. 6. When the transfer is finished, scoop out the paper pulp from your basin and discard. Instead of pouring the remaining water down the drain, flush it down the toilet. If you’re feeling particularly crafty, you can use the paper pulp and water to make your own paper! Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Whatever art you practice, chances are you’re going to come across image transfer techniques. These valuable techniques allow you to reproduce a unique image from any source and apply it to a myriad of surfaces. The options are endless! Playing with Image Transfers is a beautiful and helpful resource that will teach you the four image transfer methods: Packing Tape, Solvent, Medium, and Acrylic transfers, 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 multiple surfaces as a base for transferring – 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. The “Considerations” in each chapter offer suggestions on how a single project can be expanded or further adapted if you’re looking to challenge yourself past the basics. By the time you finish this informative book, you’ll be well-equipped to use your own images in your creative work Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.