Gel medium Transfers with inkjet or laser printer ?

by Syndee
(Apple Valley, CA)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuuL6cG1Kwc

In the above video and several others, you have used pictures that you have printed from a printer. Do you use an ink jet printer, or laser printer?

Also, I was wondering two different things. When working in your journal, there have been times when I've thought, "Oh that's so pretty" and think you must be about finished, yet you keep adding more and more. Have you ever gone too far and wished you would have stopped? Do you have some sort of idea or unwritten rules about how much you will continue to add to your pages?

Thanks so much!

Take care,

Syndee Ü


Mixed Media Art Questions answered by milliande
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inkjet printer versus laser printer
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~ I took a photograph of a cupcake cake stand display .. then uploaded it onto my computer...

~ from there i increased the saturation and brightness /contrast to produce an image rich in color and contrast as those tend to transfer better with gel medium transfers

~ I then printed the cupcake photo out on my inkjet printer ( the photo can be freely dowloaded on the cupcake art journal prompt page so you can play .. http://www.milliande.com/art-journaling-art-journal-prompt-january-day-17.html

~ I print it on ordinary copy paper and the result is as you saw in the video

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Have you ever gone too far and wished you would have stopped? Do you have some sort of idea or unwritten rules about how much you will continue to add to your pages?


~ an interesting question , I tend to just know when an art journal page is finished ... somehow ..I rarley plan what i am going to do ..to the point that i dont known when i start art journaling what even my theme is going to be

~ I like to be surrounded by my eclectic creative chaos .. and just sort of look around to see whats lurking...and take it from there...
I like working next to my computer..so that when i have an idea and need an inspirational visual etc..i can stay in the flow and print something out ...or look it up in google images etc...

~ The beauty of art journaling is that the aim is not to have a "perfect" presentable piece of art at the end ...but rather I explore and delve deep into the process of creating art rather than the end result ... so in this context every art journal page I create is perfect when I finish it... for I have journeyed through its process :-)

hope this helps
♥ milliande

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Gel medium transfer time
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~ giggle... yes that is correct .. I leave it anywhere between 60 -90 seconds ... thats why I was holding up the sign

~ I know some people do gel medium transfers and leave it to dry as much as overnight ..but then the remove the bakcing layer with some water and rub it off

~ I tend to leave it on for 90 seconds or therabouts ..then test the edge to see whehter the ink has taken and carfully start peeling away ... the gel medium has not wuite set as hard as glue stage... so the opportunity is there to peel the back off leaving the ink to sit on the page....

~ this method does give a kind of grunge looking gel medium tranfer :-)

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gel tramsfer dry time?
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Milliande, on your cupcake video - where you use the gel medium to transfer the cupcakes image - you only let it dry for 90 SECONDS? Is that correct?

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