A (Really) Simple Guide to Transferring Magazine Images to Fabric

Every time I find a successful Pinterest project, I think it's the greatest thing ever. But my recent discovery of simple transfers from magazine images is the truly greatest thing ever. This project is perfect for the pile of magazines you've been hoarding -- even if you're not one to cut into them.

I was surprised by how simple the technique is. All you need is a magazine image (inkjet, laser prints, and photocopies should also work), a gel medium -- I used Golden Soft Gel from Arizona Art Supply, a paintbrush, fabric, and water.

Note: If your image has text, it will be reversed in the final print. To make a print with text, reverse the image on a copy machine before you begin.


1. Gather your supplies. The images here differ from the cover photo because I tried this several times with pictures from different magazines. It's safe to say that some work better than others.

2. Take your photo and brush gel medium all over the side you want to use as your print.

3. Place or "glue" it down to your piece of fabric.

4. Leave it to dry for several hours, or overnight. Wet the image thoroughly. It helps to have a spray bottle, or a sink close by. Gently rub the first layer of pulp off, preserving the image below. MAGIC.

5. Let the fabric dry. Don't worry if some of the image peels off with the pulp -- it gives the photo an attractive "vintage" look. And like I said, some prints work better than others.

Mad props to abeautifulmess.typepad.com for the tutorial.

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