Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The rest of the story...

I was contacted by Christina who asked which method I used to transfer the graphics on to the top of the little table I featured in my last post.  I have to apologize that I didn't provide that information at the time.  As a new blogger I forget that people can't read my mind or that I haven't made myself very clear.  Thanks Christina!  I will endeavor to improve.

Anyway, I used the tried and true method (and the only one I know at the moment) of transferring the graphic on to the top of the table by the use of graphite paper.  I think graphite paper is less messy than the old carbon paper, and who still has that stuff anyway?  Graphite paper can be purchased at any art supply store and I use it primarily to transfer patterns on to china for painting.

The rest is as follows:

I went to my favorite graphics source, Graphics Fairy, to choose a design for my project.  Karen has provided a variety of ideas that could work for this type of project.

I printed my choice of design on my printer paper.  I placed my paper face up on to my project and taped it down with painter's tape.  I then slipped the graphite paper under the copy and began to trace the image. (Make sure you have your graphite turned face down!  You can't imagine how many artists I know have traced a long and involved pattern only to find that they had the paper in wrong side down!)  It is tedious, especially if it is an intricate design, but worth it in the long run.

When finished, I removed the papers and began to paint in the letters with regular craft paint.  When dry, I did take some sandpaper and scuffed up some of the writing to "age" it a little. 

I hope this helps.  I will be researching to find another way to try this.  I am sure some of you who have been at this longer have some ideas and I would love to hear about them.

Now, go create something special!

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