While working on my painting “Mother Walking With Child”, I used transfer paper to transfer my sketch to the canvas for the first time. I decided to blog about it so you can come on my journey with me.
Something I think I should warn you guys about is that the color of the transfer paper, may transfer to your skin and the parts of canvas you don’t want it to. I ended up having to wash my hands after tearing a piece off. As for the canvas, you can wash off any unwanted transfer paper markings with soap and water and a wash cloth, so as long as the paint underneath is dry, it’s nothing to worry about.
Also, the role that transfer paper comes in, at least the kind I got, doesn’t have a serrated edge for tearing the paper, so I like to put it in an old plastic wrap container, so I can tear off a piece.
I placed my transfer paper and my drawing done on sketching paper on top of the canvas like so.
If you want to make this a bit easier on yourself, you might want to tape your transfer paper to your canvas before starting. I didn’t because I wanted to able to move it, so I’m just steadying it with my other hand.
I did get transfer paper transfer lines where I didn’t want them, but like I said, it washes off with soap and water. After I was done I ended up going back and filling in some lines with a charcoal pencil.
Okay, so what I did was just take a pen, and use it like a stylus, to just trace around my drawing. You wanna use a pen that’s almost out of or completely out of ink. I lifted the paper every so often to make sure my drawing was going through the paper onto the canvas.
When I had to move the paper, it was a little hard to line it up in the right spot again, so that’s why I ended up getting transfer lines where I didn’t want them. But like I said, I’m not worried about it.
So that wasmy first time using transfer paper to get my image onto a canvas. I thought I’d turn it into a little tutorial for you guys.
That's all for now. I'll talk to you again next week.
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Painter of portraits and wildlife