I cannot, for the life of me, draw free hand. Not even a straight line. But, I’m ok with it. Especially when there are tons of seriously talented people that create graphics and offer them for free! My favorite resource for free graphics is The Graphics Fairy. She has an incredible inventory of graphics, and offers ideas for DIY projects using them. Today I want to talk about how to transfer graphics.
There are many ways to transfer graphics onto a painted piece, but I’m going to give you three options that have worked well for me.
Option #1: Carbon Paper
*This method works best when transferring a graphic onto a light colored painted surface.
Printout of graphic
- Print out your graphic making sure it is the size you want.
- Tape the printout to your piece where you want the graphic to be transferred.
- Lay the carbon paper underneath the print and start tracing.
- You will be left with an outline of your design, finish by tracing/filling in your design using your paint pen.
Option #2: Chalk Transfer
*This method works well if you are transferring a graphic onto a dark color painted surface.
Piece of Chalk
Printout of Graphic
- Turn your graphic printout over so that the white side of the paper is facing up.
- Rub your chalk all over the blank side of the paper.
- Flip the paper back over, position how you like and tape it to your piece.
- Trace over the lines of your design.
- Once you are done, you will have an outline to trace and fill in using your paint pen.
Here is an example of what this process looks like:
As you can see, it is a little messy, but after your paint is dry, wipe with a damp cloth and it should come right off!
Option#3: Mirror Image
*This method works best over light colored paint.
Printout of your Graphic as a Mirror Image
- Tape your mirror image graphic face down on your piece. You should be able to see your graphic through the backside of the paper.
- Begin tracing over the design. The idea is that the ink from the page transfers onto your piece when the pressure from the pen is applied. Make sure you stay inside the lines of your design.
- Once you have your outline, fill in with your paint pen.
This is the method I used for the bird detail pictured at the top.
Hopefully one of these methods works well for you! Let me know if you have any questions.
Have a wonderful week everyone!