Blog: Transfer Techniques

Image Transfers – Mixed Media Techniques

Image transfers can be done in lots of ways and I personally love experimenting with them in my artwork and art journal. Sometimes you want to include a photo image directly into your work and a transfer is a way to incorporate it more seamlessly.

I cover some of my favorite techniques in my Trace, Transfer, Transform online workshop to help you get started with image transfers. It can be daunting and a bit of practice and guidance can be just the thing. One important aspect about transfers to remember is that even imperfect transfers can add to your piece in unexpected ways.

Experimenting and playing will get you in the groove and open your eyes to the possibilities.

It is like a form of visual collage that adds to the layering and texture. And it’s just really a blast to fool around with to see what happens. Sounds like the kind of thing for you? Here’s a peek at my Trace, Transfer, Transform workshop:

See you in the classroom!

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Just an Opinion – Art Journal

“Impossible is just an opinion.” Love this quote :)

For my background I used acrylic paints, my Mini Motifs stamps, and versafine ink. I layered two of the motifs in some areas – the Craftsman Motif and Jugendstil Motif, and then used acrylic markers and a signo pen to add some color and detail.

The figure is an image transfer, again given details and color with posca and liquitex markers and a white signo pen.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Vivian


    Love this page!! I purchased these stamps from you and have worked with them many times but never stacked them.

    Your page is very effective. The quote is a GREAT thinker!

    Thanks for your MANY inspirations!


    • nathalie-kalbach


      Awe-thank you so much Vivian!!! I would love to see what you did with the stamps – hope you share some time :)


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Welcome Back – Art Journal

“It’s OK. You just forgot who you are. Welcome back!” Happens to all of us every now and again and it is ok :)

I’m pretty happy with this background – the colors, the layers, the grunge. I used acrylic paint and my Jewett Fan foam stamps and my Art Nouveau Wallpaper stencil. 

I used a transfer technique for the figure with acrylic paint and some posca markers to add line and detail.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Join Birgit Koopsen and Me in March at The Ink Pad in NYC

Birgit and I will be teaching at The Ink Pad in NYC on March 18 and March 19, 2017! Come and join us


Let’s push mono printing to a whole new level.

Join us for a day long class in Mono Print Painting. We will dive into the basics of mixed media mono printing first and will introduce you to our Mono Print Painting technique inspired by H.N. Werkman. We will show you different ways on how to create elaborate and layered mono printed paintings using self made tools as well as stamps and stencils. We will share with you thinking process on developing the technique and how we put our own personal spin on it, so that you can take this even further.

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Join us for a fun day of exploring and incorporating different transfer techniques into your art journal pages. The imperfect look of transferred imagery in your art journal opens up so much creative potential. Not only are there many different ways to actually transfer images, there are also many different ways to treat those transfers in your art journal. We will show you our favorite techniques and how you can make your art journal pages even more meaningful by using artful transfers.

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We hope to see you there!

If you are looking for an In-Person Class with me check out my upcoming classes

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Today is the Day – Marsha Valk


Today, Marsha Valk from my Creative Squad is sharing two brilliant projects to help us get organized!  She is using my new Santa Fe, Batik Pattern 3, and Buenos Aires Tile foam stamps, and this month’s theme: “Today is the Day.”  I invite you to join me and my Creative Squad to stop procrastinating and to make today the day you finally tackle that artsy thing you’ve been meaning to get to for so long.  Start that new project you’ve been planning for months.  Try out that new product you bought ages ago.  Experiment with that new technique you read about last year.  Try it!  Today is the Day!


Today is the day that I got organized and ready for 2017! I know it’s still early days, but my first try-outs with the new Art Foamies ended up as covers for a couple of Travelers Notebooks and that inspired me to create new planner dividers for my Filofax planner in similar patterns.



I bought a Silhouette cut-file to cut the tab dividers months ago, so this was the chance to finally put that to use too. I cut the tab dividers from sturdy cardstock and then I stamped black acrylic paint patterns onto them with the Santa Fe, Batik Pattern 3 and Buenos Aries Tile Foam Stamps.



Once the paint was dry I applied spray ink in rainbow colours on top of the patterns so that I could have 8 tabs in rainbow order. I hadn’t really used my spray inks in a while and it was fun to get inky again!



I took the new divider tabs for a test run first. I like to print handy stuff like school holidays on the back of my tabs, so I did that first before I laminated them all. I used A5 pouches for the two dividers without tabs and A4 pouches for the ones with tabs. I just trim the excess after laminating.



Marsha just made organization look really awesome!  I love how she used black paint to make the stamp designs extra bold against those beautiful ink colors.  Here are the supplies Marsha used – note that some of the links are affiliation links:


Maybe you will even play along with us -I would love to see how you interpret our monthly themes. Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share your projects in my “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

See you next time for another project from the Creative Squad!

Comments (4)

  • Dee


    Love these, the black makes things pop!


  • Michelle Rydell


    Great idea Marsha! I love how the bright colors really made the designs pop!


    • marsha.


      Thanks Michelle!!


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