I love to create signs and add graphics to my furniture pieces. Today I’m sharing with you how I do it.
There are a lot of ways to add words/graphics to a project with all the awesome cutting machines and fancy stencils circulating out there. When I want to add a little something extra to my pieces, I have to use what I have on hand which sadly, does not include awesome cutting machines or fancy stencils. So, I transfer them old school style.
Transferring to Lighter Surfaces:
Step 1: Print your graphic in reverse. (If you don’t know how, I show you in this tutorial or scroll down for how to transfer without printing in reverse.) I created this example through “Paint.NET” (a free down-loadable photo editor you can download by visiting www.getpaint.net ) using the font Edwardian Script.
Step 2: Transfer your graphic. Position your graphic face down and use a pencil to shade across the back of your image:
This will transfer the image to your surface:
Step 3: Paint in the graphic. I like to use acrylic paints and a liner or script brush for this step.
Lightly sanding after will do wonders! It will smooth out all any raised areas. After applying something to seal, it’s all set! I use wax for chalk painted pieces and acrylic spray sealer for signs I’ve painted using latex.
You can see more of how I built this headboard bench here.
To transfer without printing in reverse is a bit more work, but if it’s something small this will work just fine.
Step 1: Print out your word/s in the font/size you want. Again, I created this example through “paint.NET” (a free down-loadable photo editor) using the font Edwardian Script.
Step 2: Turn your paper over and color in the lines with pencil.
Be sure to stay in the lines so it transfers nicely.
Step 2: Position your graphic on your surface.
Flip your paper over and center your word/s on your surface. Color over the words on the front in pencil. For this part, you don’t have to be neat about it.
Voila! Your beautiful letters have been transferred!
Step 4: Paint.
Easier said than done when you’re working with a font like this, but just take your time using a small thin paintbrush. I use a script liner. Try to paint in long smooth strokes.
I use acrylic paint for the letters.
I added a coat of clear wax to finish it off.
You can see more of this little $5 Yard sale table makeover here.
Transferring graphics to a dark surface:
- Print graphic right side up.
- Rub chalk across the back of your graphic.
- Position in place and trace the outline of your graphics with a pencil on the front side. (As seen here and here.)
- Paint in the lines.
If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!