Today was our second day working with the boxes. I demonstrated photo-transfer and collage. With photo-transfer you are literally transferring the image from the paper you printed the image on to a different surface like the wood box. With collage you don't transfer anything. Collage is just glueing a piece of paper (or anything else) to a surface like the wood box or a canvas etc.
I won't write the photo-transfer process out here. Look at last week's class summary for two videos demonstrating the photo-transfer technique I demonstrated in class. The one thing I will remind you of is that any white on your image will be transparent when you transfer your image. So you can see the design I created with gesso on the front of the box last week and the chain link on the inside of the box looks unified with the collage I transferred onto. If you don't want the image to look like it does on the paper you will need to transfer on to a white surface.
Collage is pretty straight forward though there are a couple things you need to keep in mind. When you are glueing paper to a surface it can be tricky to keep the paper from buckling. If you like the texture buckling creates, then you don't need to worry. I happen to think that it is hard to make buckling look intentional. To me it usually just looks like the artist didn't know how to glue the paper down correctly.
To avoid buckling you want to put matte medium (your glue) on BOTH sides of your collage element AND the surface you are glueing the collage element onto. When all three have been covered with matte medium you hang the collage element over the surface so the middle touches the surface first and you smooth out from the center to keep air bubbles from getting caught underneath.