Reverse Image Transfer Technique for Collage and Mixed Media

An instructional post for Collage Artists and Mixed Media Artists.

Here is a link to my Instagram where you can watch a short video about Reverse Image Transfer using Gold Soft Gel Matte Medium.

This is the technique I used for the work in my last two blog posts: Parrots and Treasures from Nature.

Reverse Image Transfer is a great way to add a difficult to cut out image to your work and to layer an image on text, allowing the background writing to show through your image.

I would suggest practising this a few times before trying it on your art work.

Cut out around the image you wish to transfer ( mine was printed on 100 percent rag paper, using an ink jet printer). Apply a generous even layer of Golden Soft Gel Semi-gloss matte medium to the right side of the image, carefully covering the entire image. Place the image face down on your art work. Press firming with your fingers, then with a brayer, palette knife or old credit card to remove air bubbles and ensure proper adhesion. Let dry over night.

Soak back of image with warm water using a wet cloth, let it sit for 10 minutes. Start to rub away the paper, using your fingers or a damp cloth. Be careful not to rub away the image.

Allow to dry. Finish off with a thin layer of matte medium.

VoilĂ !


Starry Night #2

She stared down anyone who dared enter her territory. She was the Queen of the Starry Nights.


Starry Night

The ephemera: original vintage letters, receipts and manuscripts; original vintage star chart from 1944.

The found objects: vintage tart tin, small nest, twigs, quail egg, feathers, poppy seed heads, rusty fleur de lys and antique pen nibs.


Souplesse, intelligence, facilité pour aborder et résoudre les difficultés.

QualitĂ© d’une expression aux harmonies subtiles ou d’une plasticitĂ© aux nuances dĂ©licates et fondues.

CaractĂšre de ce qui Ă©chappe Ă  toute saisie, en raison de l’instabilitĂ©.

Suppleness, intelligence adept at tackling and resolving problems.

Quality of expression with subtle or supple harmony and and delicate nuances.

Character that defies description due to instability.


Fine Art Prints available to order.

Fluidité W.Millette (c)

The ephemera Original documents from the 1800s; original atlas maps and star charts; original vintage ocean life images.

Size 30 inches by 30 inches

At the seashore

A trio of 8 by 10 encaustic mixed media collages feature vintage atlas waves.

Green Waters

The deep green waters soothed Monsieur’s soul. SOLD 😁

Trois Matelots SOLD 🙂

Trois petits matelots naviguent sur les flots.

Whale Watching

Who was watching who?


The ephemera: original vintage maps and charts from the mid 20th century; natural history illustration of a whale; old letters and receipts from the 1800s; vintage stamps.

The found objects: antique watch faces and mouvements.

These pieces will be available at my up-coming studio tour and sale April 23, 24, 25 10 to 5. See for map and details.

Bathing Huts

Down by the sea, we dug for buried treasure, just you and me, we didn’t mind the weather.

Bathing Huts


Bathing Huts inspired by the seaside beach huts on the coast of England

The ephemera: original papers: 20th century vintage atlas maps; old papers from the 19th and 20th centuries..receipts, adverts, dictionary pages,envelopes; ledger pages; original vintage labels, tickets and stamps; old board game numbers; three natural history images of gulls.

Size: 12 inches by 24 inches on wooden cradle.

Medium: Encaustic Mixed Media Collage

Swallow Tail Watch Guard

He made a fine watch guard, with his quartz crystals ready to hand and his super sharp pen nib in his back pocket. Hooligans beware.


Pen and Ink Butterfly

The ephemera: Original  French document from the 1800s, high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of a butterfly.

The found objects: vintage watch face and parts; vintage pen nib.

Size: 6 inches square


Zoom Zooming:  His party hat firmly planted atop his head, his bionic wing for steering  and his vacuum tube for zooming he set off zoom zooming.


The ephemera: Original French Document from the 1800 s; high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of an owl.

The found objects: antique typewriter parts; antique watch parts, old broken bull clip; wooden reproduction of an antique vacuum tube.

Size: 7 inches square

Fish according to Hoyle

He had read all the rules, and according to Hoyle, he had played his cards right.

So why was he still playing the field? Why was still going home alone every night?

He looked like an angel with his colours so bright.

I guess he had just not got the point of the game quite right.

SOLD ( at Bound to be Different)

The ephemera: Torn Spine from Card Game Rules By Hoyle; original French legal document from 1800’s; original vintage book page on design and drafting; high quality copy of natural history image of an angel fish.

Size: small 5 inches square on wooden block