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Image Transfer Workshop: Mixed-Media Techniques for Successful Transfers [Paperback]

Darlene Olivia McElroy , Sandra Duran Wilson
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Book Description

July 30, 2009

No Fear Transfers

If you have never tried image transfers or have experienced image transfer mishaps, then Image Transfer Workshop is for you. This book presents step-by-step techniques for 35 image transfer processes, extensive tips for fixing mishaps and examples of how to combine transfers in finished pieces of mixed-media art.

This comprehensive guide features:

  • 35 Techniques: This book focuses exclusively on making transfers—from simple tape and gel medium transfers to more complex and out of the box techniques, like solar silk screens and plastic wrap transfers.
  • Troubleshooting:Image Transfer Workshop includes extensive answers to help fix problems in transfers gone wrong. You'll learn what to watch for, what to do to get great transfers every time.
  • Dual Styles, Dual Approaches: The authors' different styles illustrate how transfer techniques can take on completely different looks. Finished pieces of art for each technique and a section of completely stepped-out projects are sure to inspire you!

Let Image Transfer Workshop help build your image transfer confidence.


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About the Author

Darlene Olivia McElroy has taught a variety of mixed-media subjects at the collegiate level and has led workshops at local craft stores as well as in her studio. She has received two Best in Mixed-Media awards from the Contemporary Hispanic Market (2005 and 2006) as well as Best Dimensional and Best of Show at the Faces of Women in Las Vegas and New Mexico.

Sandra Duran Wilson has been teaching Alternative Printmaking at Santa Fe Community College for the last three years, and she teaches workshops at a variety of venues. She received the Best in Printmaking award in 2002 and the Best in Mixed-Media award in 2004, both in the Contemporary Hispanic Market.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (July 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600611605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600611605
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.3 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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142 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book out there on the subject! July 13, 2009
Format:Paperback
I just got this book and read it over the weekend. It is by leaps and bounds the most comprehensive book on the subject of image transfer. It contains all that the others on this topic contain and much, much more. I especially like the trouble shooting suggestions they include on every topic like "why is my image not transferring." I wish it had come out years ago. The artist seem to prefer Golden Acrylic products, but many other brands and products are also covered, particularly where they have a specific niche.
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A complete resource! July 29, 2009
By Shushu
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This is just what I have been waiting for: a one-stop, comprehensive resource for all my transfer needs & questions. It will be the ONLY book you'll require to create your own sensational work. The book features ample color photographs, step-by-step instructions & an all-important "troubleshooting" section after each technique. A must have for the mixed media artist.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The absolute best!!!!!!!!!!!! July 28, 2009
Format:Paperback
This book is a must have if you do mixed media art or even if you just want to have tons-o-fun experimenting with these wonderful techniques. Darlene and Sandra have produced the very best book on the market explaining these fabulous procedures. The instructions are VERY clear, understandable, and easy to follow and the troubleshooting sections are incredibly helpful. I've been waiting for this book for a long time and am so happy it's here!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Manual for Successful Transfers - Many Methods March 3, 2010
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Wow. WOW.

Transfers are a tricky lot. Transfers can be frustrating. One method can produce a perfect transfer once...then never seem to work again. Failed transfers have resulted in many of my pieces being trashed. Even though they are temperamental - and seem to be for everyone - Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson have broken the mold and tamed the wicked ways of transfers. Or at least explained how to make them behave for artists.

With all the problems one encounters while attempting transfers, it's amazing more artists just don't give up. I personally know of many who have. Enter the authors of this book...and your success rate could dramatically rise. Into the stratosphere. You can easily go from hating transfers and not using them - at all...ever - to using them on everything standing still. This book makes that much of a difference.

There are tons of methods depicted. An example of each method is demonstrated in a piece by one of the talented authors. My favorite part? The "Troubleshooting" section. Even with the excellent guidance of these Transfer Divas, you will have transfers go awry. Why? They will explain possible reasons - and then give you solutions! (Can you hear the trumpets sounding?) These gals lay out the necessary supplies, give explicit directions, do incredible step outs, tell you the archival quality of each method, troubleshoot problems, and give you ideas on recommended substrates. What more could you want...seriously??

The Transfer Divas (which is what I've renamed these ladies) even have a section in the back about where to purchase supplies. Schwing! The instructions are simple and doable - and it's exciting to know transfers are actually possible.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WoW! This is a "Must Have" book ! September 28, 2009
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Whenever I see a new book come out on my favorite technique, image transfers, I simply cannot restrain my fingers from hitting the "buy me now" button. Once in awhile I am disappointed but sometimes I am also totally, unabashedly, thrilled with a book. This book, "Image Transfer Workshop", looked like it was right up my alley and it is ! I LOVE this book. It explores so many different techniques and presents them so well that I would venture to say that this is a "must have" book for anyone who has an interest in image transfers, mixed media, or art quilting. I think it is one of the best books on this subject to come down the proverbial pike in a long time. "Transfers & Altered Images" by Chris Cozen is still a favorite book but is a bit more technique focused because Ms. Cozen is an artist for Golden Paints. Golden Paints are my favorite products to use but it is good to have a book that covers ALL manner of image transfer techniques. This book does that and does it very admirably.The variety of techniques covered in the book is phenomenal . It's a fabulous resource and I think, should be in the library of any mixed media artist! 5 stars on this one ! Highly recommended!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Provides a step-by-step guide for 35 image transfers October 18, 2009
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IMAGE TRANSFER WORKSHOP: MIXED-MEDIA TECHNIQUES FOR SUCCESSFUL TRANSFERS provides a step-by-step guide for 35 image transfers, tips for fixing mishaps, and examples of how to blend transfers into finished pieces of mixed-media art. This approach to techniques and troubleshooting on transfer mediums makes for a key acquisition for any serious arts or crafts collection at all skills levels.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Image Transfer Workshop Review March 9, 2010
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Image Transfer Workshop has plenty of good ideas for artmaking. The only complaint I have about the book, is it has limited information about applying image transfers to printmaking plates. It does speak about intaglio, and screenprinting mathods, but the information is brief. I was hoping to fing information about transfering images to lithographic stones or plates, but there is none.

However, there are lots of really useful methods for collage and mixed media artists. Although some of the techniques mentioned are similar they do specify clearly the differences and suitable applications. I have not had a chance to apply any of the methods from the book yet, so experienced based review is not an option. But the book is clearly written, step by step, and frequently includes trouble shooting tips, which is absolutely neccessary for this type of work.

A good read, good technical advice and instruction, reccomend for begginning printmakers, collage artists, craft artists, experimantal photographers, and mixed media artists.
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