Supplies needed: Acrylic dabbers, photocopy of an image, water spritzer bottle, paintbrush, card stock, craft sheet and heat tool (optional)
Take the lid off the dabbers and brush the paint onto the card stock, ensure you get a good coverage
Take your photocopied image ( remember that you will get a reverse of the image, so don't use bold words), flip it over and place it in the acrylic. Lightly press it down making sure it's smooth and not wrinkled
Leave to air dry for at least 15 minutes and then if you wish give it a blast with the heat tool
Only move onto this step when you are sure your paint is completely dry
Take your water filled spritzer bottle, spray the back of the paper no more than two squirts, you don't want it too wet
Next start to rub the paper very gently with your finger
Keep rubbing and extra spritzing if you need too
Eventually you will get rid of all the paper, but it does take a bit of patience as you have to be careful not to wet it too much and rub the image away
You can do exactly the same on a canvas
Apparently the paint in the acrylic dabbers is slightly different to other acrylics as it is more chalky and that's why the transfers work best with these paints. But you can use other mediums. I tried it with Jo Sonia's background paints but didn't get such a good effect
Saturday, 16 August 2008
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Fabulous effect!! I need to invest in more paint dabbers, as it's mostly tubes of paint I have!! xx
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brillaint sam..deoes it have to be a photocopy?
Doesn't have to be a photocopy Shaz but I have found that these make the best transfers
This is a really lovely effect x thanks for sharing x
thank you so much!!
does it have to be the paint dabbers or will any acrylic paint work?
I done this with gel medium before over my paint color and it worked pretty good
lazer printer ink will transfer too, but not inkjet, its water based and will run...
Thanks for the visual tutorial. I look forward to trying this technique in my art journal. Thanks for sharing.
xo Susi xo
Thank you for this great post!
I can't wait to try this! If it's ok with you, I'd like to link back here when I do. Thanks for the inspiration and tutorial!
I am doing this right now! Thank you for the great tutorial!
I am doing this right now. Thank you for the great tutorial!
BRILHANTE !!!! Thank you :)
Thanks for this cool tip! i cant wait to try it out!!
that is one amazing trick!!!!thanks for sharing!
Laser prints are excellent to use as well. And I've used Gel medium and it works great. I've never used it with colours though. Just a clear medium. I'll have to give it a try! It looks great!
This is so creative! Would this work with a canvas fabric? Would the image transfer to something like a canvas tote bag?
wow...I will be doing this. Thank you for sharing.
This is so cool..Thank you for sharing.
Wonderful technique thanx for the share x
LOVE to create new things, and Crafts. I must say this one is New to me, Very Nice to know.
So cool! Can you do this with ordinary acrylic paints, or is it only he acrylic dabbers?
You can also let any paint or medium dry and get a photocopy of a photo, put it face down and rub nail polish remover on the back! works great! need to rub over it for a while and takes a bit of practice but i love it (:
Thats a really great idea :D
I love it!
i love this.... thanks for sharing this :)
Where can I buy Acrylic Dappers? I have never seen them before... Is it a brand or a specific type of acrylic paint? Also would an image printed off a normal household printer work?
Like others here, I have used gel medium with great results. In addition to laser print outs, I have also done it with magazine pages!
Neat idea! Thanks for sharing!
you can also use acryllic medium, which i imagine would be cheaper. It also works with clear packing tape and chart-pack markers
make sure the image you have has toner in it; that's what transfers
Awesome! Great job...love your post
I'm so glad I found this site. Love this technique. Can't wait to try it out.
Just an idea or 2...If, as you commented, "Apparently the paint in the acrylic dabbers is slightly different to other acrylics as it is more chalky and that's why the transfers work best with these paints."...then, maybe you could make your acrylic paint more chalky by adding hydrated lime, which is similar in texture to powdered chalk...& it is noted that hydrated lime, available at building centers, is preferred over quick lime, since quick lime will react with the water and heat up...whereas hydrated lime has been soaked in water then dried.
In addition, another item that might be added to acrylic paint, which is similar to powdered chalk texture, is non-sanded tile grout powder...(also available at building centers). According to recipes online for diy chalkboard paint, you just add non-sanded grout to the paint & it makes the paint smooth & thick, while giving the painted surface some tooth so that chalk will grab or hold onto the painted surface. A recipe for home-made or do-it-yourself (diy)chalk-board paint can be easily found by doing a search online.
I read that the paint in the dabbers is non-acidic, so possibly the hydrated lime or the non-sanded grout might work, if one is concerned about acid...,since as far as I was able to discern from a quick online search, they are not acidic....however, please, make sure & do your own test... I haven't tried this yet...just some ideas... :)
Great technique, thanks for sharing. Your site is a great resource!
-caroline @ c.w.frosting
I'm new to your blog & love this technique. Hummm...wondering if it would also work on fabric ironed onto a stiff Pellon?
It seems simple enough to mirror the image when printing so that you get a true image after transfer (including printing).
I learned this by rubbing the back of the paper with a cotton ball with thinner, works instantly without drying or hard rubbing
Adorable! Thanks for sharing!
Can I do this on a shirt??
Great tutorial-very easy to understand-thank you!
wow thanks Added to pinterest. thanks for all your wonderful information. Rose
Love it...Have you had the opportunity to take a course with Claudine Hellmuth of Ranger? She does a lot of transfer techniques that are cool.....Love those dabbers!!1
This is super cool ! Thanks for making the instructions so simple. I can't wait to try it AND check out your other craft ideas.
Wow! This is amazing. Can't wait to try it!
I used a flat wall paint (sample can of Behr) and also one corner with a laser printer copy and one corner with my Epson Inkjet printer copy
and they both turned out great... very happy with the results... the inkjet did not run or smear... so I am thinking as long as you are not using a gloss paint it should work just fine...
Thank you, thank you, thank you, I'm doing a painting which is all words and was dreading the thought of free handing them, this will help me lots and don't worry I'll remember to mirror the image before I do it.
this is awesome! my daughter is gonna love this. thanks for the post. :)
Would this same thing work with mod podge a glossy 4x6??
I love your site. I found you on Pinterest and am glad I did. I am now a subscriber to your blog. I have everything to try this except I have an inkjet printer soooo. I guess I'll have to head to my local office supply store with some photos in hand for copies.
Excellent idea - thanks for sharing x
Can't believe how easy that looks! Totally giving it a shot!
Could anyone tell me if this works on wood? I have a mobile and would like to reform it using this technique. Thank you very much!
This is a lovely blog - so much creative info! Thanks!
wonderful tutorial keep them coming
I LOVE this idea - thank you so much!
Two questions: Does this work with acrylic ink, instead of acrylic dabbers and does the image have to be printed in a laser printer or can it be printed in a regular one?
Hi. Two question: does this work with regular acrylic ink? And can the image be printed in a regular printer?
Hello, It's really a fun thing to do! But what kind of paper do you use? A real photo or do you use copypaper...?
You need to use a copy of a photo from an ink jet printer or a photocopier as I doubt the ink will transfer from an original or laser print.
Very nice and easy to follow tutorial. Thanks!
Yes, I did it with modpodge, it came out great!
thanks for sharing this fab idea x
Do you use photo paper or plain, basic copy paper?
I did a transfer like this several years ago (about the time this was published). I used a high quality laser print on ordinary copy paper. The paint I used was a flat wall paint from Home Depot. I put the paint on a t-shirt, placed the image face down into the wet paint, rolled it down with a rolling pin to make good contact between the paint and the image, then let it dry. The paper came off the image just as pictured in the tutorial above with a little water and my finger.
My understanding is this technique works on any substrate that acrylic paint will stick to, so it should work with fabric, wood, glass, metal, ceramic, or just about anything that isn't waxy or oily.
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