We love catching up with some of our guest teachers who come over to Boho Upcycle and teach our student new tips & tricks when it comes to crafting, D.I.Y and Home Decor.
Today we are happy to have Candice Strauss with us! Sharing a bit more about her process for her Halloween-Inspired Image Transfer class that we are happy to be hosting on Sunday, October 5th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
We have a few more spots left, so please sign up here!
Thanks for joining us Candice!
Can you explain what image transfer is for the person who loves home décor but maybe doesn’t know the process? Is it something that someone without a lot of skill can do?
Image transfer in a process in which you can take an image and basically embed it into a piece of wood. The process is quite simple but takes a great deal of patience. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy teaching classes on image transfer techniques. It doesn’t require a lot of skill to make a really unique art piece.
What kind of images can people use?
Any image works. Family photos, royalty-free images, landscape picture from a vacation, vintage postcards and other ephemera all can produce excellent results. The most important thing is that the image be of high quality and a minimum of 300 dpi.
Tell us a bit about how you got into image transfer?
I really enjoy learning new art forms and techniques and thinking about how I might use them for decorative works, rehab projects, and just general crafting. I have an extensive “creative bucket list”, and last summer I finally learned how to transfer images right on to wood. I loved the process! At first I made them for my home and as gifts for friends and family, then I began receiving order requests, and the rest is history.
Seems like image transfers are growing steadily in popularity, what do you think they add to a piece? To a space?
I think image transfers are a great alternative to a typical framed photo, or a canvas print. They add depth and dimension to a space; they work as images, from a design perspective, but on an organic medium, and including an aged, original look that can contribute a lot to the feel of the overall space.
Are you working on anything right now? What was your last big project? Something small?
I am currently working on new transfers for the fall and winter craft shows. My most recent larger project was a collaboration with Krissy from Boho Upcycle. She re-finished a mid-century dresser and I did an image transfer of a vintage typewriter onto the front of the dresser. We were both very pleased with the finished product! This unique piece generated a bit of buzz on social media and sold within just a few days. Yay! We’ve already brainstormed about our next project. As for small projects, I’m looking into producing mini sized transfers that can be displayed on a desk or on a night stand. I think they’d work great as room accents.
What’s your favorite way to spoil yourself if you are having time for just you?
I recently left a teaching career, primarily to focus on growing my little business, Strauss Vintage Shoppe. But I also very much seek a better balance in life. So spoiling myself really means many things: taking classes (I’m taking a calligraphy class in October), road trips planned around thrifting & picking vintage goods (possibly Portland in December), and I will confess I am quite the girly-girl when it comes to manicures (I like to go a couple times a month).
Join us this Sunday for the Spook-tacular Image Transfer Class with Candice Strauss & Boho Upcycle! We look forward to meeting you!