Thursday, August 4, 2011

Easy Transfer Technique

Welcome to all of our new followers!  It's been so exciting for Jill and I to watch where all of you are from and we are thrilled to have you join us.  It has been a gorgeous week here in the Pacific Northwest, the kind that makes you remember why we endure so many dark and rainy ones throughout the year!  When its sunny in Seattle, it is breathtaking!

Recent visit to the University of Washington campus, shot from Red Square.  Love Mount Rainier in the distance!

The arrival of August brings just a twinge of guilt as I look about my garage and "Studio B" (aka my craftroom).  (Insert big sigh here.)  I had planned on finishing all kinds of projects for With A Twist this summer!  Was I successful in this plan you ask?  Heck no!  Its summer!  I've been spending as much time with my forever-growing-taller-than-me-kids and we've been having a ton of fun!  They are only 12 and 15 for a short while and will soon be headed back to school (30-some days and counting....sniff, sniff!).  The projects are not going anywhere and I will continue to chip away at them.  It's all about the journey, right?

Today I actually found myself with a couple of hours to myself (gasp!), and therefore I decided to try out a technique from way back...we're talkin old school! Think back to Kindergarten (for some of us, including me, this is a stretch!).  Remember learning how to do a simple transfer technique using only a pencil?  There are a ton of different techniques out there, but I was curious to revisit this one that I had learned so many years ago.  Truth be told, I chose this technique because it was super cheap and easy! Here's how I did it...

This is the one of the original kitchen cabinets from the home my dad built.  It was the perfect blank pallete for attempting a new transfer project.

Went with Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint - Paris Grey.

I gave it one coat of paint and then sanded it by hand to allow the original wood to peak through.  See pic below...

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint lends itself well to sanding by hand, as it is easy to control just how much you want the original wood to show through. 

I printed out a French advertising label, which I downloaded for free on the fabulous Graphics Fairy's website -
  ( ).  Thank you Karen!

Next, I flipped the printed image so it was face down, so that I was looking at the blank side of the paper.  I then took my pencil and "shaded" the back of the paper where the image was on the other side, making sure to get a pretty solid coverage.

Next, I placed the printed image right side up on the cabinet door.  Tape down the sides of the paper to keep it from moving or slipping.  I then traced each and every letter of the image.  Try not to peak because getting it to line up again is difficult.  When you are done tracing, you should have something that looks similar to this.

I chose a black Sharpie paint pen to go over the image and darken it up.  You could also use a paint brush with latex paint and achieve similar results.  I am very linear and my printing is very uniform, so this part was challenging.  I kept wanting to go "outside" the lines.

When I got done tracing with the paint pen, it looked very crisp and bold, which wasn't the look I was going for, so I lightly sanded over the image to rough it up a bit. I then added a coat of Annie Sloan's Clear Wax over the entire piece and added the black handles to complete the look. I think it would made a darling tea tray!

Overall, this basic transfer technique was simple and cheap, so it fit the bill for me today! Thanks again for stopping by and we hope you have a fabulous week!
Cheree and Jill

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