I thought I'd do a little tutorial on how to use Fusion Transfer Gel .
Start by painting your piece however you like. In this case I took an old wheelback chair and painted it in Miss Mustard Seed Milk paint Eulalie's Sky as the base colour and Marzipan as the top colour. I used Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Wax as the resist between the layers to give a 2 tone vintage feel to the piece. (I will do a full tutorial on this too at some point!!)
Here it is all painted and sanded smooth.
Next you need to size and print your image. Get the image the size you'd like it using photoshop or a similar program. You need to make the print on a laser printer or this will not work. If you don't have one any print shop will do it for you. First of all print it off the right way round and cut it out. Place it where you'd like it to appear on the piece. Use tape to mark the edges where you want to place it. Print the image again, this time in mirror form. Apply the Fusion Transfer gel all over the area making sure you have covered the whole area and beyond where the image will go. brush it out evenly so you know you have good coverage.
Place you print face down onto the Gel and use a brayer or similar to flatten the image and make sure no air bubbles remain. Once you are happy its well adhered leave it to dry for 8-12 hours.
If using waterbased paints that need sealing like Milk Paint or Chalk Paint its a good idea to coat the rest of the area in water based varnish as you will be applying water to the print later and the paint could run unless its protected!! Make sure you don't varnish the back of the print though!! If using Fusion Mineral Paint you can skip this step.
Once you are sure everything is dry get a cotton cloth and dampen it. Press it into the print until you can see the image underneath coming through .
Gently start rubbing the dampened paper with your finger you will need to keep doing this until no white remains. Don't worry if some of the image comes away in places this adds to the vintage feel of things.
Sometimes when it has dried you will still see some white. Dampen again and repeat till you are happy.
Again leave it to dry then you can do 2 coats of varnish on top to seal it all in. I LOVE this stuff!!