Transferring Images To Your Painted ProjectsComments (0)
by Seta Robbins
Seta Robbins of Restoration Romance, North Reading, Massachusetts, shows us how
to transfer an image to a project. It’s easier than you think!
*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
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.
Who is Seta Robbins?
Seta discovered her love of
painting after stumbling upon someone doing a chalk paint demo at the Brimfield
Fair a few years ago. “I thought it looked fun. I decided to try it and loved
it!” she said. She works full time and paints furniture part-time, though she
said, “I would love to paint full time as it has become a true passion.” The best part? “Giving a new life to a piece
of furniture that had been sitting in someone’s attic or otherwise might have
been thrown away.”
She recently instructed a class on furniture painting at
the Woburn Woodcraft location. The Woburn store holds a number of beginner,
entry-level classes including “date night classes” that allow students to come
together with a friend, date, or spouse to share in a learning experience while
crafting a simple project that they can say they made themselves. The classes
are designed for learning but also include a fun, social element that allows
students to share an experience that eliminates any fear in getting started in
We hope you’ll be inspired!
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