Have you checked out the new class at Get Messy? It’s called Transference and it’s by Tiffany Julia (aka @ariestrash). Before taking this class, I mostly did packing tape transfers. I tried one or two gesso transfers, but never got the results I wanted. But, after actually learning what the technique is and after buying the right supplies, I do right in to Transference’s lessons.

Two things became clear right away. 1- you need lots of patience for this and 2- you must be willing to let go of perfection. There is more than 50% chance that the result will not be how you imagined it. That can be confronting for some, but I think if you don’t risk anything, you don’t gain much. Tiffany was so great about giving us some tips to help ‘clean up’ some of the transfers.

I applied that technique to help bring out the jackalope from the background. Both the central figure and the jackalope are transfers in this spread. The woman is from a magazine and the jackalope I laser photocopied.

The learning curve isn’t too steep but there are a few supplies you may need that you don’t have readily available in your studio. That said, the supplies you need have a wide range of uses so even if you feel transfers aren’t your thing, those materials will not be lost and you can use them for other projects.

The most exciting part is the reveal.

There are some things I learned from taking the class. Not every image will give you good results so have a plan B handy.

Don’t use too much water or the transferred image will be too soaked and it will be removed at the same time as the paper backing.

Seal everything with matte medium because the transfer, when it dries, will lose some of its saturation. The matte medium will help keep the colours vibrant, though it doesn’t work all the time.

This is such a cool technique. Tiffany’s precise instructions make it easy to try out transfers.

And the results are super satisfying, even when they don’t come out perfect. This actually pushes you to try new and different techniques…always a plus in my view.

So give it a try and let’s see where this takes you!

You can find the Transference class here.