How To Use Transfer Paper

How To Use Transfer Paper


Hey Folks it’s John from HelloArtsy.com, today
I’m going to show you how I transfer my pencil drawing onto my canvas so that they can then
be painting. [intro music] So I have this drawing of the hammer here
and I want to transfer it over to this toned canvas. So I’m going to be using some transfer
paper; Saral makes this one. It comes on a roll and you can cut it to different sizes
and it’s very reusable. So, you don’t use it just once; you can use it many times over. The first thing I want to do is line my drawing
up on the canvas, get it exactly where I want it to be. You’ll notice I put lines on the canvas and
on the paper and I’ve cut these little triangles out. This helps me line it up and so I know
that this is going to be right in the middle, exactly where I want it to be. I use these drafter’s dots but you can just
use some tape. That’s all this really is, it’s convienient little pieces of tape. I
love these things. So now when I lift the drawing up it’s [paper]
going to go back to the same place. I highly recommend taping your drawing down otherwise
you’re going to get frustrated shifting around once the transfer paper is in between. This transfer paper is one sided. This is
the graphite-gray variety. If you’re working on something really dark like a black canvas
you might want to go with the white or one of the colors they offer. I’m going to put this in position and save
all the scraps because it’s all reusable; there’s no need to custom cut. I’ll just get
this into place and put this [paper] down. Just got to affix this down here. You don’t
want the paper buckling or moving around. You just want to concentrate on replicating
your drawing very accurately. I like to use a red pen when I trace over
this for two reasons. The red pen allows me to see where I’ve already traced. And, the
metal ball that’s in the pen ends up pushing through and makes the transfer pretty efficient.
Because if you don’t press hard enough you don’t get a good transfer. There. Now before I remove the paper completely
I always like to take a sneak peak just to make sure everything turned out okay and I
didn’t miss anything. Now this is going to be hard to see on the video because it’s a
gray canvas and it’s a graphite gray transfer, but it’s there. I’ll bring it a little closer
so you can see. I don’t know how well this is going to show up, but you you can see that
it indeed did do the transfer. That gives me really good information from which to start
a painting. Transferring drawings to canvas has made my
painting workflow so much better! Don’t forget to head over to helloartsy.com where I reveal,
not only the tools I use in the tutorials here, but the art supplies I use in my everyday
work as well. Thanks for watching.

25 thoughts on “How To Use Transfer Paper

  1. I should try this. I had never even considered it before. What's the name of the tape dispenser thingy you have there. Looking for it on your list of tools on your page. Later Mr Artsy.

  2. Thank you for this video! I'm not conventionally artistic and I believe it's been about 20 years since I had to use transfer paper… Well I'm transferring a logo and font over to a piece of wood that I'll be carving and I simply couldn't remember how to use it. The different ink over the drawing is going to help greatly as well. Incidentally it's going to be a personalized picture box/belt rack who just achieved his last belt before black belt and his simple rack doesn't have space for all of his belts… so this rack will be engraved with his studio's logo, his name and dates and then have pictures of his journey over the last 5 years. Anyways, thank you very much! 😉

  3. I've found that Saral transfer paper smudges on gesso; I've tried erasing with no luck. Additionally, I tried using Saral on acrylic paint but the un-removable smudging also made a mess. I also tried using a glazing medium over the gesso. Can you help with this problem. Thank you so very much!

  4. Could this possibly leave a smudge where my hand rests while tracing over a painted area? I had that issue with carbon paper and had to completely redo my whole project.

  5. Do you know a lot about different transfer papers? Because I have this thin, white transfer paper that I have the trace on it when it’s on top of the original paper and then I flip it, then in my case I would put it on the canvas and shade over the back of the transfer paper but I am unsure whether it will flip the picture around or not. Could you please help me with this?

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