As promised, here is the info on the transfer technique I used for my french opera sidetable.
This technique is not particularly fancy or amazing. But it is very simple, requires no special equipment, and is very cheap. I actually discovered this technique back in middle school when I noticed my notes (and doodles) would transfer onto the next page when I wrote in pencil on both sides of the paper. (I am certainly not the only one to use this method, that is just how I figured it out).
You will need your image or typography to be transfered, a pencil, something to transfer it onto, and some type of paint. This works best for transferring onto fairly smooth surfaces like cardboard, paper, or wood. It also works best with fairly simple designs.
First you take whatever image or typography you want to transfer and turn it over. On the back, scribble with your pencil. Be sure to make a big enough scribble to cover the area of your image. If your image is from a magazine or other source and you can’t draw on the back, just do your scribbles on a separate piece of paper and place it face-down under your image.
Place your image on top of the surface you want to transfer it to. You might want to tape it to keep it from moving around. Use a pen or pencil to trace around each part of your image. You want to make sure to trace around each part. Be sure to apply light pressure as you are tracing. When you have traced everything, lift up the paper to see a faint transfer of whatever you just traced.
You can then go over the transfer with paint. I typically use a Sharpie paint pen because that makes small details so much easier.
If you are transferring onto wood that will be painted a light color, paint the wood before you do your transfer. If you are transferring onto wood that will be stained, like my opera table, transfer the image and then stain. It will still work if you stain the wood first, but it will be very hard to see the pencil lines.
That is it – super simple. I have seen a similar method on Pinterest recently using newsprint instead of pencil lead as the ‘transfer medium’. I have tried it and didn’t have a lot of luck personally. Many of the details of my image were lost in translation. But that is another possibility that is certainly a little faster.
In other news, summer really is ending. Even though I love fall, I am sad to see it go. Tomorrow, it is back to reality at my job as a school counselor. And this weekend, yard sales were definitely not quite as plentiful. Sad times. But I did have an extremely awesome surprise this weekend. My vanity to nightstands transformation was featured on Apartment Therapy! I was so shocked and ecstatic when I saw it. Definitely made up for the lame yard sales!