Thursday, September 18, 2008

Technique Thursday Packing Tape Transfers

Packing Tape or Contact Paper Transfer

Technique Thursday


Arlene Mobley


PID Image Sheet # 281 David

Packing Tape or Clear Contact Paper

Bone Folder or Spoon

Bowl of Warm Water


Packing Tape transfers are one of the easiest types of transfers to do and require very few supplies. Another good thing about packing tape transfers are that you can make a transfer with text on it and not have to worry about reversing the print like you do with other transfers.

Step 1: Cut your image out making sure that the image you have picked to transfer will fit on the width of your piece of tape.

It is up to you whether you include that background in your final piece of artwork or not. It all depends on the look you are going for. But it is better to start with the entire image and background. You can always trim it after you’ve made your transfer.

Step 2: Lay your image ink side up on your work surface. Cut a piece of the tape or contact paper that will fit on your image. Carefully lay your tape or contact paper on top of your image.


Tip: Don’t worry if you get a wrinkle in your tape. The wrinkle will add an interesting element of texture to your transfer.

Step 3: With the bone folder or the back of a spoon burnish your entire image front and back to make sure that the adhesive on the tape or contact paper comes in contact with your image.


Step 4: Now for the fun part. Slip your transfer into a bowl of warm water. Let it soak until you can see that the back of the paper has completely absorbed the water. You will know when that happens by the color of the paper. As it absorbs the water it turns from white to gray.


Step 5: Once the paper has absorbed the water it is time to carefully rub the paper backing off your transfer. Sometimes the entire piece of paper will slid off. Other times you may have to rub the paper off in pieces.


Tip: If the paper is not rubbing off easily slip it back into the water for a little while longer.


Tip: If once your transfer dries you see a little white fuzz wet your finger and rub it off.

Once all of the paper backing is removed, the back of your image will be a bit tacky from the tape adhesive. Be careful not to lay it down onto a piece of paper tacky side down. It will stick to the paper and could ruin your transfer.

Step 6: Once all of the paper is cleaned off the back of your transfer you are ready to use it in a piece of art work!

Tip: If the back of your transfer is tacky enough you can just stick it to your art work with out any other adhesive.

Here is what my transfer of David sheet # 281 looks like with a piece of sheet music behind it. Isn’t he such a sweetie!


Here is an example of the contact paper transfer and a packing tape transfer.


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Anonymous said...

Arlene. This is a fabulous tutorial. Thanks for another great challenge. Pam

trisha too said...

hey, Arlene, this was a great tutorial!


Carapace said...

I LOVE this tutorial! I never would have thought of this technique, and it's so simple! Can't wait to try it out! Thank you!