1. Gather your supplies: laser toner printed images on standard copy paper, Golden Gel Matte Medium, foam brush or paintbrush, spray bottle of water, and a canvas. Hint: Use the "mirror" option when printing to reverse the image so that it will be the correct way after the transfer.
2. Apply a liberal coat of gel medium onto canvas with foam brush.
3. Place image photo side down on canvas. Carefully smooth out air bubbles and wrinkles. Hint: I find that the image adheres better when you lightly spray water on the image before applying.
4. Allow the medium to completely dry. Hint: I waited overnight before continuing.
5. Spray the canvas with water and peel off the paper leaving the transferred image.
6. Rub the canvas to remove residual paper paying careful attention around faces. Repeat until most of the white paper has been removed and your image can clearly be seen. This will be repeated multiple times. Small bits of the image will be removed in the rubbing process but this adds to the beauty of the distressed look.
7. Once dry, add a top coat of gel medium and allow the medium to dry. Your canvas is complete unless you choose to paint your edges.
These images are from my trip to India a couple years ago: me wading in the Ganges River, Rishikesh locals entering a temple while a sacred cow relaxes in the middle of the street (this pic amuses me!), and beautiful local women in vibrant traditional dress selling treats.