Photo Transfer Activity
Part 1:The first part to this activity uses Micador Colourfun Markers and Roymac Achiever Flat Brushes. With these products you can learn to transfer a photo.
Step 1: Trace main featuresLay down the photo face up and place a sheet of acetate over the top. Using a Micador Colourfun Marker, trace over the outlines and main features.
Step 2: Apply a layer of waterTake a sheet of Rains paper with the smooth side up and brush a layer of water over the top with a Roymac Achiever Brush, Flat so there is complete light coverage. The page should not be drenched. If using an A5 image, cut or tear your A4 sheet in half.
Step 3: Transfer imagePress the wet side of your Rains paper down onto the acetate sheet. Hold firmly down with one hand, whilst rubbing in circular motions across the surface of the paper with the other, to help the image transfer (until the whole page has been transferred).
Step 4: Lift offLift Rains paper directly up off the acetate sheet to avoid smudging. You should have an evenly transferred image.
Some tips:* These transparent sheets sometimes have a slightly rougher side – use only the smoothest side to draw onto. * If parts have not printed, you may have missed wetting some parts of the paper with water. * If the image is very blurred and it is hard to distinguish the details, you may have wet the paper too much. You can work back into the image created in Part 1 by blending the black outlines with water using a Roymac Achiever Brush, Round Size 6. You can apply more black Colourfun Marker to bring back some detail and leave it at this stage or for a finer line – look at using a Micador Stay Anywhere Permanent Pen.
Part 2:The second part to this activity uses Micador Colourfun Markers, Micador Vibrant Watercolours and Roymac Achiever Round Brushes. With these products you can now work back into your image using blending and tone techniques.
Step 5: BlendYou can work back into the image created in Part 1 by blending the black outlines with water using a Roymac Achiever Brush, Round Size 6. You can apply more black Colourfun Marker to bring back some detail and leave it at this stage or for a finer line – look at using a Micador Stay Anywhere Permanent Pen.
Step 6: Bring back highlightsYou can bring back highlights that may have been lost using, Micador Vibrant Watercolour White in a Micador Lotus Palette (we used only a small amount of water with the white and used it as a gouache).
Step 7: Creating a baseUse the White Vibrant Watercolour to blend in over the surface as needed. To form a base, use more white for the lighter areas on the face, less for the mid tones and do not use in the dark areas.
Step 8: Adding colourAt the bottom of your work, or on a seperate piece of Rains paper, draw and colour in small squares with your chosen Micador Colourfun Markers and create your own palette to use as you work on your image. Wet your brush with water and rub into the coloured square that you need to pick up a subtle form of the colour. This is much nicer then working straight onto the face with the marker.
TipsUse your second image (the reverse of the original image you used) as a guide for shadowing and highlighting. • Look at the face colours, it may be made up of pinks, or parts of the nose, cheeks, lips, chin, and forehead may show subtle browns and ochres. • When the skin is thinner you will see subtle blues and greens where the veins are reflected through the thinner more transparent areas of skin. • If the subject matter was not a portrait (e.g. a landscape), look at the different colours in the image using the same approach as the point above.