Rolling Out The Image

The first step in this process is to make sure you have all your necessary materials within reach.

   * print

   * plastic spatula

   * receiving surface

   * Gesso

Make sure the correct side of the plywood is facing up.  Have paper underneath as it gets messy.

The second step is to apply the Gesso.  Not too little and not too much.  Too little will leave dry areas and your image will not stick and cause empty areas on the artwork.  Too much will cause the paper to become saturated and will be hard to smooth out.  I will have the video for you on this.  Make sure there are no dry areas and don’t forget the edges.

The third step is to roll up your paper with the print side out.  The printed image will be face down on the surface. If your image is looking back at you when you are done rolling it out, you will then be rolling your eyes as you prepare to do it all over.

I like to roll up my paper as opposed to dropping it down on to the surface or dropping the surface on to the paper.  It is much easier to line up the bottom edge.

The fourth step is to smooth out all the wrinkles and excess Gesso with your spatula.  Start in the middle and work your way out.  Make sure to keep the spatula flat as pushing on the corners with it may cause streaks in the image. Don’t stress if you have some wrinkles as this adds the character.  The same goes for the odd little tear.  If you do get a tear, just try to press it back down.  You may also see air bubbles or pockets and these can be generally worked out as well. 



Once you are happy wipe down the edges and let dry for 24 hours.

A point to remember … this type of image transfer is not meant to be perfect.  The flaws and imperfections give way to the unique character of each transfer. 

Congratulations you have now earned your next puzzle piece.

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