Sunday, May 22, 2011

Honey Bee

There was such a positive response to my previous posting on this transfer technique that I wanted to show my newest art project using the same technique on a different medium. Here I used a small 6x6 inch canvas that I painted brown first and then a coat of white. I used a great Honey Bee graphic found @ The Graphics Fairy, reversed it on the computer and printed off with an inkjet printer. I applied a coat of Mod Podge to the canvas and applied the image ink side down. Let dry over night (not great for the instant gratification minded). Soak thoroughly in water and when the paper softens, rub off gently, I use my finger and a circular motion. In this case I then tinted in the yellow areas with acrylic paint to get the striping for the Bee's body. Brush on another coat of Mod Podge to seal and then an antiquing coat of my new favorite color "Asphaltium". I did a light wash then I dabbed it around the perimeter with a sea sponge for that mottled look.

Now I have tried this transfer technique on wood and canvas. I like that I can hand tint the image after transferring, opens up all sorts of possibilities. I think this piece would be great grouped with other things for a wall collage, on a shelf, or nestled in a wreath. Sweet as Honey!


  1. This looks great, John! Love the bee graphic. I saw your last project doing this on the Graphic Fairy's blog and gave it a try. I messed mine up so I either rubbed it too hard getting the paper off or the coating on the cabinet sample I did it on was not a good base for it {maybe the finish on it?}. Either way, I hope to give this another shot.

  2. What a great project! I have not tried the mod podge transfers yet. Your bee art is very inspiring!

  3. I am impressed and I can't wait to try this!
    I love it.

  4. A stellar bee!
    Cathy via The Graphics Fairy

  5. Beeautiful :-) Did you use the image straight out of the printer on plain paper, or some special kind of transfer paper?

  6. Diana, this is done on plain white printer paper, nothing special.

  7. WOW! This is so cool. I can't wait to try it.

    Your new follower

  8. Ooh, I really like this! I have a perfect project to try this out on...

  9. Just wondering why you reversed the image - since there are no words?? Just curious.

  10. Hi Nan, I reversed it so that the bee would be facing to the right, personal choice. I had done the image facing left and did not like the way it looked.

  11. Hi, Can you tell me who's color "Asphaltium" is?