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Painted signs, graphics and typography continue to be on trend and our most popular posts. Today we are sharing with you how to add graphics using the wax paper transfer method.
There are so many methods to painting graphics, but today we are going to cheat a little. Don’t tell anybody. It’s not always easy to create the look that we want or to get crisp clean lines. In my case, I wanted a vintage French advertisement.
This lazy Susan from my thrifting adventures was the perfect candidate.
It is a tad short and the rosey color is a bit odd.
Dare I say I could not pass it up for the low cost of $1.91?
The piece was taken apart for the ease of painting. Two coats of Old White chalk paint were applied.
Here’s where the fun starts! You only need a couple of items for this project. I used a graphic from one of my favorite sites Graphics Fairy.
Let’s get started!
- Wood item that your graphic will be placed on
- Wax paper
- Graphic of your choice
- Credit card
You can see a tutorial below to see how easy it is.
This is how you do it:
- Cut wax paper sheet to match your printer paper size. Mine is 8 ½ x 11.
- Print your chosen graphic in reverse, or mirror image.
- Be very careful that your wax paper does not wrinkle.
- The ink is very wet so use caution so that you do smudge it.
- Move quickly while the ink is wet.
- Line the wax paper up and lay it in place on the wood. Do not move it again.
- Hold the wax paper firmly in place.
- Use the credit card to scrape the ink onto the wood.
- Carefully remove the wax paper – do not smudge the ink
Let the ink dry for 24 hours.
The lazy Susan serving tray looks fabulous. Vintage French graphics are so pretty and ornate. This is a wine advertisement.
After the appropriate drying time I carefully and gently applied a light coat of clear wax. Some people have had issues with smearing ink graphics while applying sealers so use caution.
Seriously, this project could not have been any easier. As you can see in the tutorial video it takes just a minute to do.
Cheers until our next project!