Transferring Images To Your Painted Projects
This process is way easier than you might think and the results are so neat! I am thinking of so many possibilities with my projects now!
Project by Seta Robbins
· Laser printed image*
· Cleaning solution such as TSP or Krud Kutter
· Item to transfer image onto
· Paint of choice
· Spray bottle of water
· Paint brush
*A Word About Transfer Art
The image you use to transfer onto your wood project can be as simple as wording that you print out in an interesting font (don’t forget to reverse it). Image can be black/white or color, but if it contains letters or numbers it must be printed in mirror image so that it will not be backwards on the finished piece.
For this project, Seta used graphics from GraphicMarketplace on Etsy, printed on regular copy paper at Staples. There are a ton of “free downloadables” online, including a site she likes for vintage images called The Graphics Fairy. You can go to Etsy.com and find a lot of graphics for one or two dollars that you can digitally download and use as many times as you want for your own personal use. Just be sure to print with a laser printer.
STEP 1 – PREP – Clean the piece with TSP, Krud Kutter or denatured alcohol.
STEP 2 – PAINT – Paint the project with your choice of color, and then let the paint dry.
STEP 3 – APPLY TRANSFER – Apply another coat of paint where the image will be. While the paint is still wet, place your image face down.
Press down firmly with fingers, removing air bubbles with an old credit card or room key as you go. Let it dry at least overnight to allow the image to transfer into the paint.
STEP 4 – REMOVE PAPER – Spray the image with water so that the paper looks wet, but do not soak as you will pull up the image.
Gently rub off the paper with your fingers in a circular motion. The top layer of paper will rub off easier. As it dries a bit, continue on to the paper that is left behind, spraying lightly with water as needed. Don’t worry if some of your image rubs off — this transfer method creates an aged, distressed look. Just leave that area until it dries before you go back to it.
It will look like all the paper is gone but as it dries you will see there will most likely be more paper to remove. Just re-wet and continue rolling it off with your fingers. You may have to repeat this step a third time until all the paper has been removed. For a more distressed look, you could sand a bit before adding your topcoat. Just go lightly at first to make sure you don’t take too much off. Let it all dry, then apply topcoat to protect it.
- TSP or Krud Kutter (Woodcraft)
- Paint (Woodcraft)
- Printed image (Online)
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
Published October 20th, 2017 10:10 AM