And also a few had asked me to show you how to do the packing tape transfer--so here goes. First of all, it won't work with inkjet copies, and I've only done the transfers with magazine or glossy catalog images. I don't know about lazer or photo copies--has anyone tried those? So I wanted to show you 3 different images from different types of books to see if there was any difference in the outcome (kind of like a Science experiment back in elementary school : )
I've only used the Scotch brand of packing tape but I don't think that it makes a difference. Starting from the left--this image is from a catalog--the pages are thinner which makes a difference on how easy the transfer comes off. The middle one is from a 1949 magazine--the ink that they used back then wasn't as good so the transfer isn't as strong, and the paper isn't as glossy, but that doesn't seem to make a difference. And the image on the right is from a current magazine--acutally it's from a Somerset mag. I wanted to use a magazine that had high quality thicker pages. And as your looking at them in this photo, I've already put the tape over them. You just put the tape on top of them, and then cut them down to the size of the tape--so right now, they're basically in a laminated state. Make sure when you put the tape on them that their nice and smooth and then burnish them with your finger or a credit card, which is what I prefer--burnish them good so you have a complete transfer. Don't tape the back of them! And make sure the image covers all of the tape but doesn't stick out past the tape.
Then just put them in a bowl of water to soak--
Alot say that they only have to be soaked for about 15 minutes, but I found that anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour works best for me. You just take them out one at a time, turn them over to expose the untaped side, and just start rubbing off the back with your finger.
until most of the paper's off--I will rewet the image and keep rubbing it gently until it's transparent. I'll also put them under running water and GENTLY continue to get the backing off. Sometimes all of the backing won't come off. This happened to one of the transfers and I'll show you how that one ended up.
When I'm finished with them I pat them with a paper towel, gently again--because they will have the adhesive from the tape on their back and the paper towel will stick to them. And then I'll let them thoroughly dry on a piece of wax paper. I usually do a batch of them, and I'll store them in a plastic baggie in a single layer.
So what I did was decopauge some sheet music on canvas to let you see how they look over it. I adhered them onto my canvas with matte Mod Podge on both sides (this helps get rid of their glossy appearance, because they end up glossy) or if you want to keep the glossy look, just use the gloss Mod Podge. I think that Matte Medium will work also. At first it looks milky, but it dries crystal clear. Here are the results of my little experiment--