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The Color Wheel Bonus Technique: Make an Image Transfer for Your Color Wheel Mandala

The Color Wheel Bonus Technique: Make an Image Transfer for Your Color Wheel Mandala

Image transfers using gel medium is a fun technique to add interest to your artwork.  It works because acrylic medium applied on top of a toner-based print or copy will trap the ink from the print. Once you remove the paper, you’re left with a transparent version of the image to adhere to your painting.

Color Wheel Painting



Color wheel mandala
Acrylic gel medium
Toner-based copy of image

Step by Step

For best results, select an image with lots of white or light space.  Modify the image using Photoshop, PowerPoint, or other photo editing software if desired.  I used a pencil sketch filter on my image in PowerPoint. Print the image in greyscale or black and white using a laser printer or make a photocopy at a local copy shop.

Image for gel transfer


Brush a light coat of acrylic gel medium over the image.  Allow to dry and repeat 2 more times for a total of 3 coats.

image with gel medium applied

Place the image face down and moisten the paper on the back side with a little water.  I have a small spray bottle that I like to use for this purpose.  Gently rub the damp paper with your finger to remove it.  This process separates the paper from the dried gel medium, leaving a clear acrylic skin that retains your image.  Work carefully while removing the paper to prevent tearing the acrylic skin.

emoving paper from gel transfer

When you’ve removed as much of the paper as you can, trim away any unwanted parts of your image using scissors.  Glue the image transfer on top of your mandala using gel medium.  Put medium both under and on top of the image transfer.  Rub the top of the transfer using your damp finger to remove bubbles trapped under the transfer and any excess medium.  Allow to dry.

Color Wheel Painting

More Info about the Color Wheel

free color wheel guide

Thanks for stopping by! Lee Ann

Lee Ann is a mixed media hobbyist who enjoys using her Cricut machine for art projects as well as decorations for her home and garden. She's a new empty-nester with 2 adult daughters. Now she and her husband are free to embark on that US pizza eating tour they always talked about. Lee Ann provides IT support to Craft-e-Corner.

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