Monday, June 6, 2011

Image Transfer on a Can

I am loving the acrylic gel medium. Remember my garden stakes? That was my very first project - I transferred an image on to wood. This is my second project using this medium - transferring an image on a tin can. So basically, this gel medium transfers the ink because you take the paper off - although it does take some work getting the paper off. But what you are left with is a paperless photocopy on objects like a tin can - it is so neat. I love how vintage this can looks! Here is how to do it....

1. Prepare the can - you will need a laser copy of a label or some kind of art work. I used a pumpkin label from Graphics Fairy. There are so many neat labels on that blog that you can find. I am going to do a few more cans. Make sure you flip or reverse the printing before you print out the label if it has printing on it. Oh yeah - the can I used was a HUGE tuna can. It is almost the size of a large coffee can but not as tall. 
2. Tape around area of the label. To do this I taped the label on and taped around it, and then took the tape off the label. 
3. Prep the can with gesso. I experimented with putting a transfer directly on a can, or using gesso, and using the gesso helped the image stick better. I put on a thin layer of gesso and let it dry for a few hours.

4. Paint over the gesso. I used silver so it looked like tin. After painting remove masking tape.
5. Using the same technique I used with my garden sticks - put the acrylic gel medium on the ink side of the label. Get out as many air bubble as possible. Let dry over night.
6. Wet down the paper - and slowly and gently take it off. Because this label had a lot of black - it took a lot of scrubbing to get all the white of the paper off. When it is cleaned to your liking and dry - spray with a clear paint to protect.

I am going to plant something in this can - but you can use it for all sorts of things. I hope this gives you some ideas!
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  1. What a very unique and interesting technique! Never saw it before but I am intrigued! Coming over from Brag Monday and your newest follower!


  2. Well, I'll just be danged! I use gel medium all the time - for painting. I had no idea it worked for transfers. How cool! Does it also work on inkjet or just laser?

    Stopping by from Tatertots & Jello. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. I have never thought of transferring on to metal cans. Thanks for the the technique. I will have to go try it.

    Love the result

  4. Really neat! I will be bookmarking this for the future, thanks!

  5. @Colleen - the inkjet ink runs when water touches it - laser does not - so yes, you have to get a laser copy in order for it to work. :)

  6. So cute! I'll have to try this!

  7. I think that is so amazingly cool! I never thought to transfer to a can! Genius.

  8. I LOVE this! What a creative idea of transferring to a can.

    Thanks so much for linking up to the Sunburnt Cow Party. I featured you over at the Screaming Sardine.


  9. Hi, I know that this is an old post , but I just found you.... Love that can. Love your blog. Have a great day.