This didn't turn out quite like I expected but it did serve my purpose so I thought I'd share. This summer they'll be weekends that I'm traveling, beginning with this weekend. I plan to just take my sketchbook and little box of supplies.
When I'm not working at home, I struggle. The most difficult part is getting started. I thought it'd be fun to transfer some images to my sketchbook. They could serve as sort of conversation starter...an image for me to build around to begin.
I got my images from vintage printable. I think it's important to use either your own photo or find one that's copyright free, even in a sketchbook. Vintage printable is one of my favorite places. I could spend hours looking and I have!
I've seen lots of DIY's using waxed paper and maybe that would have worked better. I only had parchment paper and to save time and money, I went for it.
First I opened up my image in Photoshop. I resized it to fit in my sketchbook and set the DPI to 300. Then I reversed the image. I cut out my parchment paper and taped it down onto my copy paper. I wanted the slick side up and I did my best to choose that side but they didn't feel much different to me.
I put it in the printer parchment paper side down and printed my image. I was careful when I took it off the printer as the ink was wet, just sitting on top of the paper.
I carefully put it ink side down on my sketchbook. I used a little piece of tape to help hold it in place. Then I used my fingers to rub and burnish it down. I was careful not to let the paper slip but I pressed pretty hard.
The dark areas transferred but not the color. I lost most of the details. This was a watercolor sketchbook so the paper is pretty rough and uneven.
I gave it a few more shots with different images and different sketchbooks. I was able to get a better transfer on the smooth drawing paper and using a much bolder image.
Either way it mades some great starters for my pages. I found that I could use a brush with water and the ink would spread around. It's almost like those kids paint pages...pretty fun.
If you've got a favorite method for transferring images, I'd love to hear about it. In the meantime, I'm going to play around with these....maybe add a few collage elements to them, lots more layers, and see where I end up. :)