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New Year, New Art Show

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Talia Hall of Handmade Means Love and Hall’s Handmade is organizing a craft show in Monclova on January 26, 2020 from 11-4. Talia founded Handmade Means Love to create additional opportunities for artists and artisans to gain exposure and to grow their business. Applications are now open for this art show happening at the Monclova Community Center.

Spaces for this show will be 8 x 8 and will have a table provided as well as 2 chairs.  The cost to participate in this show will be $40.  The tables that are provided are a 5 ft round table and can be moved if needed.  Round table cloths can be provided at an additional charge if you are interested. The application can be downloaded below.

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Transferring Images to Canvas with Super Sauce

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Making handmade gifts for your loved ones can be a fun and rewarding process. Receiving a unique and personalized item can feel amazing and really add to a gift recipient’s holiday cheer. This tutorial is part of a DIY holiday gift idea series where we teach you different methods of using Inkjet Prints on DASS Transfer Film. Today, we will show how to perform the super sauce transfer to canvas, which is best if you are at an intermediate level in image transferring. If you are a beginner, don’t feel discouraged. This tutorial has everything you need but it may require some practice tries before you can get it just right! If you are looking for something easier, we recommend trying the alcohol transfer. 

Preparing the Images for Transfer: Images must be printed to DASS Transfer Film using an Inkjet Printer. Through our company, Kirkpatrick & Co. Specialty Printing, we can print your images to this film for you. Order your print today.

If you have your own inkjet printer, make sure that you flip your image horizontally before printing. If you don’t, your image will be flipped the wrong way when you transfer it. Also be sure that the ink is printing on the rough/textured side of the DASS Transfer Film. 

Super Sauce Transfer to Canvas (Intermediate Skill Level)

Materials Needed:

mason jar
super sauce (super sauce concentrate & 91% isopropyl alcohol)
brush
Inkjet print on DASS Transfer Film
canvas panel or stretched canvas

Super Sauce Transfer to Canvas

To make super sauce, mix the following two ingredients in a mason jar. Let the jar sit for at least 6 hours, periodically shaking the jar vigorously during that time. Please note that you should never add any water to this mixture or your brushes. It can cause severe damage to plumbing and will render your brushes unusable. 

1 TBS Matte Super Sauce Concentrate
4 oz 91% isopropyl alcohol (must be 91%)

Transfer Directions

Apply the super sauce mixture to your canvas surface. Here we are applying an image to an acrylic painted canvas surface. Using a brush, apply the super sauce mix evenly to the surface. If there is too much, the image will run and if there is too little, the image won’t transfer. I suggest doing some practice transfers so that you get a feel for how the transfer works. 

Applying Super Sauce to the Canvas Surface

Once you have applied enough super sauce, you can line your transfer film up above the surface, print side down. Once you are happy with the alignment, you can place it down onto the canvas surface.

Lightly press the film down to ensure that the image is making full contact with the super sauce. After 2-3 minutes, slowly begin to pull the film up by one corner. You will be able to tell if the image is sticking. If not, press it back down and give it a little more time. Once it is ready, the film will be able to be pulled away, leaving the image transferred to the surface below. 

Removing the Transfer film by peeling it back

At this point, let your transfer dry for 24 hours before spraying it with a protective finish. We recommend using Krylon Crystal Clear spray.

Completed Transfer

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Decorating Envelopes: Alcohol Transfer

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Making handmade gifts for your loved ones can be a fun and rewarding process. Receiving a unique and personalized item can feel amazing and really add to a gift recipient’s holiday cheer. This tutorial is part of a DIY holiday gift idea series where we teach you different methods of using Inkjet Prints on DASS Transfer Film. Today, we will show you how to perform the alcohol transfer on an envelope.  If you haven’t tried the alcohol transfer before, it might be easier to follow along with our previous tutorial first.

Preparing the Images for Transfer: Images must be printed to DASS Transfer Film using an Inkjet Printer. Through our company, Kirkpatrick & Co. Specialty Printing, we can print your images to this film for you. Order your print today.

If you have your own inkjet printer, make sure that you flip your image horizontally before printing. If you don’t, your image will be flipped the wrong way when you transfer it. Also be sure that the ink is printed on the rough/textured side of the DASS Transfer Film. 

Alcohol Transfer to an envelope (Beginner Skill Level)

Materials Needed:

materials needed for alcohol transfer to an envelope

Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer
Inkjet print on DASS Transfer Film
envelope

Transfer Directions

1.Since this application does not require a brush, you can just apply the Purell with your finger. You will need to apply the hand sanitizer evenly to the surface of the envelope where you want the transfer to go. If there is too much, the image will run and if there is too little, the image won’t transfer. Also note that with most envelopes, this transfer method will leave a water stain behind. It really depends on the envelope, so you might want to practice on different thicknesses of papers until you are happy with the result.  

Quickly position your print face down above your paper surface and once you have it lined up, lay it straight down onto the surface. Avoid rubbing the print as it can blur your image. Just make sure it has made full contact with the paper surface. 
 

Placing the DASS Transfer Film down onto the surface.

After letting it set for about 30 seconds, slowly begin to peel the film back at one corner. If the image has transferred to the envelope, keep removing the film. If it is still stuck to the film, press it back down. Then try again until it is ready. If it refuses to transfer, that may mean you did not apply enough Purell hand sanitizer to the surface. If this happens and your print is not damaged or unusable, apply more Purell and try again. If not, you will need to get a new print and start over. 

Removing the Transfer Film from the envelope

At this point, let your transfer dry for at least 2 hours before spraying it with a protective finish. Leaving the extra time will make sure that your image has set into the envelope and that the ink has fully dried. At first, the envelope will look dark because it is wet. Once it dries, there will most likely be a water stain left. You can come up with a creative way to make it look purposeful. You can see what we did for our envelope below.
 

Once you are happy with the result of the transfer, we recommend using Krylon Crystal Clear spray to seal it.

This is the end of the fourth tutorial in our holiday gift idea series. Be on the lookout for our next tutorial. Consider signing up to get notified when it is out! You can also see all of the posts from this series here.

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