This post includes step-by-step photos of the graphic transfer process used in my "Beehive Box" project that I featured in October. (Click here to view the Beehive Box Micro Project and/or click here to view Part 1 for the paint and wax tutorial.)
Getting StartedThe first step is to determine what method to use to apply the graphic. For this project I considered using a decoupage method but decided against that because I wanted the color of the paint to show through. I was going to use a decal transfer method, but in the end my printer just wouldn't cooperate. I finally decided to use a transfer method which utilizes an adhesive and water. I used antiqued Mod Podge for my adhesive because that is what I had on hand.
|Testing the look.|
For this transfer method,
be sure to print your final design in a mirror image.
I printed my final design and held it up to the box to make sure it was what I wanted. The final graphic was printed in a mirror image so the letters would transfer correctly.
|Adhere graphic face down with adhesive.|
2. Apply more adhesive to the surface receiving the transfer and while it is wet place the printed graphic face down. Gently rub and smooth out any air bubbles. Let dry completely before proceeding to the next step.
3. After it is completely dry, use a wet sponge to moisten the paper. The image will start to appear. Continue to apply water until the paper is thoroughly moistened.
|Revealing the graphic.|
|Removing the paper.|
|Don't worry about the adhesive outside the graphic.|
It will look fine once it dries.
|Wet. Rub. Dry. Repeat.|
|Dry after second rub down. |
I stuck a towel inside the box to help further protect
the area not receiving the transfer.
Less water is needed as more of the paper is removed.
|After three rub downs.|
|I rubbed a few areas too much. |
I find this always happens around the edges
but it can be repaired.
Be gentle while rubbing around the printed areas. If rubbed too hard the ink will rub off and this will mar the graphic itself. If this starts to happen then simply stop and continue again once it's had a chance to dry. No need to worry if the area outside of the ink tears. This can give it a more rustic feel, or it can be filled in later with a layer or two of Mod Podge.
6. Apply a final coat of Mod Podge to the entire surface to seal the graphic.