Confused about the Soft gel transfer

by Lisa Werner
(Ephrata, PA USA)

Mixed Media Art Questions

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A few days ago in your art journaling you used magazines and transfered the image in the journal. You showed the Golden bottle....but, I could not see what is was.

What product did you use to brush on your journal page prior to placing the image down?

You also rubbed the page with a rag. Did you use water and other liquid?

Thanks in advance....and I just love your work. You have inspired me to think outside the box!


Mixed Media Art Questions answered by Milliande
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Hi Lisa,

I am glad you enjoy my art journaling videos and yes the gel medium transfer techniques can be confusing, as so many different effects can be achieved depending on what method and what brand or type of gel medium is used ..

In the art journaling videos I used a brand of gel medium by Golden .. it is their SOFT GEL Medium .. matte ..

the effect I get with this type of technique I use -- is a grungey unpredictable gel transfer as I am not after a complet image transfer

The matte soft gel medium contains more chalk like substances to give it a mat effect but can result in making the transfer milkey ..in this instance I desire that effect

The gloss soft gel medium woul create a more transparent gel medium transfer... that gives a clearer image ... ie more of the origianl image is like for like tranferred .

In the technique in this video I use a wet ( but not too wet) rag on the back of the paper to be tranferred ..that helps push the image into the gel medium and also makes the paper wet-- so the paper and the gel medium dry at the same rate...

hope this helps
♥ milliande
Mixed Media Artist

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Feb 06, 2010
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gel medium
by: milliande

Soft Gel Medium by Golden is proven to be THE medium that has the most success rate if you follow the various mixed media artists works ... now it depends on whether to go for matte or gloss medium .. again preference of outcome is the deciding factor..

Matte medium has more of a chalky texture...
Gloss more of a translucent feel ..

good luck
♥ milliande

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A nice starter gel?
by: Janeen Duer

I've so many gels, I'm overwhelmed at the store. Would this be a good starter gel to try out the technique? I have some photocopied images that I want to experiment with, but again--so much to choose from on shelves here.

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