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Lesson Plans

Making a transfer - in another lifetime

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Sheryl Ann McCoy (smccoy)
Fri, 04 Sep 1998 22:26:48 -0700

K Heifetz and ArtEdNetters:

When I was in undergraduate school, I learn to make overhead transparencies using clay based color pictures from Life, National Geographic, etc. We learned this because the 3M thermofax was the only way we could make a transparency of our own lessons (they were very ugly). Prints and slides were often unavailable...

We used rubber cement...brush one layer in the same direction over the picture...let that dry...brush a second layer in a cross direction over the picture...use about 4 layers...crossing one layer over another made the transparency very strong...
After the rubber cement has dried overnight, use wet paper towel or sponge and rub on the back side of the picture to remove the paper. This leaves only the clay based picture which is relatively transparent...

Later, when I first started teaching, I fell in love with the full blown techniques of decoupage. I often made (what I thought were) beautiful presents to my friends and family when they were married or graduated, etc. I took the announcement that had raised lettering and made a transfer using the same technique listed above, I used Modge-Podge instead of rubber cement. I understand that this polymer is still available. I was always happy with the results, and many of my pieces withstood the test of time.
Have fun,


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