Art Journaling with An Image Transfer

This started out as the second ghost print — yes, you read that correctly, second ghost print from a traced portrait using my gel plate. ⁠If you’d like to see a process video of this tracing technique for an image transfer, have a look at this YouTube video.

I have the complete process for doing image transfers four different ways, including how to modify the first pull, in my self-paced Portrait Printing course.

Here’s a look at the embellished original pull and first ghost print. You can see how each of these is very different, despite using one magazine image to pull the prints. Embellishing can really make your portrait prints look so vastly different!

As you’ll see in this video, I had an outline of the image transfer to start out with. I started out with Derwent Inktense pencils and then picked up some other tools, including stencils, Stabilo Woody pencils, glitter paste, embellishment mousse and glaze pens.

Process video

It’s a fun experience to alter images that have been transferred from magazines using a gel plate. I especially like how you can turn these into characters with personality! I still have another ghost print from this one trace on my gel plate and I am pretty sure it will be vastly different from the first three. It’s also cool to have them all together compiled into a journal that I can flip through for creative inspiration.

What do you think of these transformations? Is it something you have tried to do with your gel plate image transfers? Do you have any questions about the process? Let me know in the comments.

Published by mansimakes

Hi there, I am Mansi, a self-taught artist based in Silicon Valley. I was a full-time communications professional for two decades, with a desk job and a six-figure salary until I decided to become a mom. Motherhood, as many will attest, can be extremely exhausting, especially in those first years. Art became my quiet place. It restored my sense of self. It gave me renewed energy. It helped me become a better mom. I was led down the path of creation by instinct and “discovered“ in early 2019 by a fellow kindred spirit at one of my art pop-ups who asked me to join her entrepreneurial venture. While I immersed myself full time in the role of CFO and co-founder of this women-led venture supporting local women makers, I missed experimenting with mixed-media. So, in 2021, I've decided to focus my energies full time in finessing my craft, producing more online tutorials and offering in-person art workshops for both adults and children. Thank you for joining me on this adventure as I experiment, learn and continue creating custom pieces of joy.

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