Archive for February, 2008

Gum Arabic Transfers

I have been through hell trying to get a good transfer.  I’ve tried the following techniques: Ink Jet, Laser, Color Copier, Transparencies as well… I’ve tried Acetone, Gin, Gel Medium, Transfer It to name a few.  I can’t tell you how much money I have spent in the process… between purchasing different products, different types of paper, and Tylenol to take care of my head-aches in the process.Tonight I began to straighten out one of my shelves in my “Craft Closet” and came across a bottle of Gum Arabic. I’m sure like you, you find things in your stash that you have no clue what you bought it for.  You just know “you had to have it”.   I sat there for a few minutes dumb founded…. Now what did I purchase this for?   Then it hit me… I read somewhere a long time ago that some use it for transfers.  OK…. I have a full bottle of Tylenol and several pages of Ink Jet and Laser Printed images…..   I figured I’d try the pictures I printed on regular typing paper on my Lexmark printer.  Nothing fancy, no special ink…. just cheap prints from my home computer. Here are the steps I took.

1. Printed images on plain copy paper

2. Tore pictures from the paper to have irregular edges

3. Painted Gum Arabic on the torn out image

4. Turned the image over and pressed down onto my clay coated ATC card  (I tried this on other papers as well)

5. Make sure you press the image down and brayer or rub it down really well to assure it is adhered in all areas. (Make sure your image doesn’t wiggle around)

6. If you have patience, wait for it to dry.  If not, use a heat gun to dry the image.  (I’m impatient)

7. Rub paper with water and rub until you see your image clearly.

Here is a copy of the first 3 I did tonight.  They are in different stages and are not complete but I wanted to share this will you all tonight while I was in the process of doing them.

Gum Arabic Transfers


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Day Off!

Yesterday was a holiday and I had the day off.  Hubby was working, my younger daughter was in DC at school and my older daughter was working as well….. Hmmmm…. what’s a girl to do?

I KNOW… I KNOW…  I’ll take a mental health day and spend it on “ME”…..  I woke up at 8:15 am and got cranky with myself.  Now why would I want to be awake this early on a day off? It was grey and rainy out so I quickly talked myself into going back to bed.  Trust me, I didn’t have to twist my own arm…. before I knew it, I was under the covers and off to la la land again.

I must have needed it… I didn’t awake again until 1:00 pm   WOWOWOWOWOW… what a treat!!  I never sleep more than 6 – 7 hours a night.  I was THRILLED to say the least.

Soon I shuffled myself into my “Closet Studio” to play, putz and pick up.  I didn’t get much accomplished in any department but I did manage to make another ATC. (Picture Below)  I also made a dozen or so various backgrounds using an assortment of techniques.  I was happy as a lark… it didn’t matter to me that I didn’t do much, I was doing just what I wanted to do. 

 I look forward to another one of these days!!! 


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Manic Monday


Not much going on…. I’ve finally had time to get into my “CRAFT CLOSET” and play around for a few hours over the weekend.  I belong to several artists groups on Yahoo…. one of which is “Artists of the Round Table”.  We are working on creating ATC’s using different techniques from Berie Berlin’s book.  I’m enjoying the process and really appreciate the fact that I have to be more disciplined in this workshop.  Here are some of the projects I’ve worked on so far.


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