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How to transfer a pattern from paper to paper and to other surfaces


If you need to transfer your favorite picture or photo to any surface, it is not necessary to contact a photo studio and overpay. Transferring photos from paper to the surface is easy - with the help of an ingenious trick, which is described below.

For work you will need:

  • Scotch,
  • a print printed on a laser printer with a size equal to the width of the tape,
  • scissors,
  • capacity with water.

Getting started:

1. First of all, glue the picture with tape so that there are no bubbles on it.

2. Then we cut out the image with the tape as close to the image as possible.

3. And send for 5 minutes to soak in a container of water.

4. Then we take out the picture and gently erase the paper with our fingers.

5. Now the image can be glued to any transparent / translucent surface.

6. The same trick also works well with a color picture. The only condition is the size limited by the width of the tape.

Instruction manual

To transfer a picture, follow the procedure below:

  1. We select the image and put the tracing paper on it, with a tight pressure we circle all the lines, using a black acrylic pen.
  2. Now turn the tracing paper over and put the face to the sheet of paper on which you want to transfer the image.
  3. Press tightly and pass through it with a hot iron.
  4. Now remove the tracing paper and additionally draw insufficiently clear lines.
  5. Image is ready.

This method is used for simple pictures that do not contain a large number of complex parts. Now you know how to transfer a pattern from paper to paper in a simple way. After trying it, you can proceed to others.

First way

For it you need to perform the following steps:

  1. Choice of a picture, determination of the place of its application, skin disinfection.
  2. Transfer the image to carbon paper. To do this, put the paper on the original and carefully outline all its contours.
  3. Wet the carbon paper with alcohol and apply it to the body.
  4. In order for the outlines to print well, circle them again through the carbon paper, trying to leave it whole.

Second way

It is based on the use of tracing paper. The following steps must be taken:

  1. We draw the helium pen the drawing itself.
  2. Disinfect the skin and smear with soap.
  3. We put tracing paper and outlines the contours with a sharp object.
  4. Now paint over the drawing.

If you still decide to apply a permanent drawing on your body, approach this very carefully. The main thing is to choose a good salon, pass an allergic reaction test and check that all tools are disinfected.

How to transfer a drawing from paper to glass

For work, we take an image with good contours and a roll of cling film. To transfer, you need to purchase a felt-tip pen - a marker for glass, it fits well and is easily washed off the surface.

  1. Take the film. Its size should be slightly larger than the drawing itself. The film is attached to the surface, which prevents the picture from straying.
  2. The image is put on film and traced thin and very neat.
  3. Now the film is gently transferred face to a previously prepared surface. Preparation consists in degreasing its front side. Make sure that the film adheres completely to the glass, get rid of wrinkles and bubbles.
  4. For a clearer transfer, once again we outline the image with any sharp object.
  5. It is time to get rid of polyethylene. We do this very carefully so as not to smear the picture. If there are inaccuracies somewhere, now is the time to fix them.
  6. Now draw the outline. This can be done with acrylic paints and a brush.
  7. After everything is dry, carefully with cotton swabs dipped in liquid, we get rid of traces of the marker.
  8. Inside the image is filled in any way. If the technique is stained glass, then everything is poured along the contour.
  9. After drying, the product can be baked or varnished for a longer product life. It all depends on where this item will be used.

How to transfer a drawing from paper to wood

In order to see your favorite image on a wooden base, you just need to follow the steps outlined below.

To work, you will need:

  • laser print pattern
  • wooden plank,
  • acrylic gel medium
  • flat tool for leveling the picture,
  • paint and rag
  • soft paraffin or matt glue,
  • 2 brushes.

  1. Image selection. This should be a drawing that will look beautiful on a wooden base. To give some similarities with the vintage style, it can be processed in special programs.
  2. The image is printed only on a laser printer, this is the main condition.
  3. A smooth wooden base is selected.
  4. Now apply a uniform layer of gel medium. It is he who will help the image transfer to the prepared surface.
  5. We have the figure face to the base. At the moment of joining, bubbles arise which should be smoothed out whenever possible.
  6. Today the work is finished, leave everything for the night, continue tomorrow.
  7. It is time to remove the paper. To do this, wet it and wipe it with your fingers. Right now you are witnessing a miracle - when removing the paper you can see how the image remains on the tree.
  8. Now you can use paint for wood. Keep track of its amount so that the image does not darken.
  9. Now apply liquid paraffin. If necessary, the last two steps can be repeated after the first layer has dried.

Other basics for image transfer

Metal is a base also suitable for such "tricks." For accurate and fairly accurate work, two axial lines are drawn on it or the angles of the image are marked. Now we will consider in more detail how to transfer a drawing from paper to metal.

The most common is the use of carbon paper for this. Since metal is a very tough material, it is coated with white or light paint. The transfer process begins after the varnish has completely dried, which is applied just before the start of the main work.

Necessary materials and preparation

Depending on the ways in which the drawing is supposed to be translated, different devices and additional materials may be required. Here is a sample list:

  • carbon paper or tracing paper,
  • thin cloth,
  • a simple pencil, chalk,
  • needle,
  • transfer pencil
  • pins
  • iron,
  • lamp,
  • glass,
  • a printer,
  • fabric and pattern.

In preparation, you should print the image. You can make a drawing in any program on the computer that performs graphic images and prints them. If the pictures are small, they are printed on one sheet.

All borders should be clear, bold, clearly visible - it will be easier to transfer the pattern to the fabric. You can even artificially increase the contrast and saturation of the lines, if possible, remove bright details from the picture.

Copy paper

The easiest way to transfer images is based on the use of carbon paper. It is produced in different colors:

The color of the carbon paper should be selected taking into account the shade of matter. It is easier to find dark paper on sale, white is rare. To translate the drawing put a carbon paper, on top - a printed blank. A simple pencil circled the drawing, carefully clicking on the contours. You can prick the contours of the drawing with a needle - colored dots will remain on the fabric, copying the drawing.

A clear result cannot be achieved if the details of the picture are small: they turn out to be blurry. The technique is suitable only for smooth matter or burlap. On the fleecy, fluffy fabric, the image will remain blurry.

The minuses of the method include the high “soiling” ability of carbon paper - usually ugly marks are visible on the fabric.

Cigarette paper

Tracing paper or tissue paper helps transfer the pattern onto fabric without carbon paper. The method is used for thick fabrics - velvet, velor, shiny bases.

First, you need to translate the pattern on tissue paper. Then the paper matrix is ​​placed on top of the fabric, fixed with safety pins (instead of them, you can take stationery clips). Then, right on the tracing paper, stitch the pattern with neat stitches, tear off the paper so as not to damage the threads. The embroidered pattern is ready.


The technique of creating a decal is suitable for all types of fabric - linen, cotton, silk, with a smooth surface or with a pile. There is no difference in the shade of the fabric - the base can be dark, light. Using the method, you can transfer a picture simultaneously to several sections of matter.

The procedure is as follows:

  1. Prepare the matrix. To do this, you need a board, which should be covered with felt and put the required number of sheets of tracing paper. Their maximum number is 6.
  2. Pin the drawing to the upper tracing paper. Use a needle to pierce holes in the pattern as often as possible. The needle should be thick and the gaps between the holes should be equal. To work it was convenient, the sewing needle is inserted into the pencil with the back, leaving a sharp tip. Holding a pencil is much more comfortable than a regular needle.
  3. Separate the matrices, arrange them one by one (cloth plus tracing paper), chop them with pins. To wipe each matrix from the side of tracing paper with a solution of blue, kerosene, tooth powder. The solution will leave an imprint of the pattern on the matter through the holes.
  4. Dry the tissue for an hour, remove the tracing paper before that. The matrix can not be thrown away, but sweep away the remains of the solution from it and save.
  5. Draw the contour of the picture immediately or flash it with a thread.

The solution for light and dark tissue is not prepared in the same way. In the first case, 100 g of purified kerosene, 10 g of blue, 2 g of tooth powder are mixed. For the second recipe, 100 g of kerosene, 10 g of powder without blue are combined. Mix the product in a ceramic bowl.

Instead of tooth powder, you can take chalk for dark tissue, and activated carbon for light. Some needlewomen simply sprinkle light materials with blue without the use of kerosene.

Transparent fabric

On sale there are thin, transparent fabrics - non-woven, marquise, silk, veil, nylon, georgette, organza. They can also be used to translate pictures, if you plan to make the main product from them.

To work, you need to put a picture, fix the fabric with pins on top. The contours of the picture will be perfectly visible, so on the front side of the fabric, you can immediately draw with acrylic paints without a rough draft. Work is best done on a thick wooden board, plywood.

Laser printer

For this purpose, you will have to purchase paper for freezing (freezer, freezer paper). It is usually used to freeze food, but the material has long been adopted by needlewomen. On the one hand, the paper is smooth and easily ironed to the fabric, leaving prints on it. You should prepare the main fabric on which the drawing will be made (preferably linen, cotton).

  1. Cut a sheet of paper for freezing, equal in size to A4.
  2. Iron the sheet with the shiny side to the fabric, iron all corners well so that the freezer does not come off.
  3. Trim the fabric along the borders of the sheet so that the threads do not stick out (they can ruin the printer).
  4. Put the blank in the laser printer, making sure that the drawing will turn out on the right side.
  5. Send the image to print (the printer may fail at first, then the procedure should be repeated).

If the picture will be further sewn onto clothing, it is necessary to use the Mirror Image function in the graphics program or in the printer driver window. In this case, the pattern is printed on the right side.

Important! Always use the preview before printing the image.


You will need to print the drawing on thick glossy paper so that the paint probably does not leak through it. Then attach the corners of the picture to the paper with needles, buttons. Prepare a cotton swab, wrap it with a cotton cloth, moisten in a solvent. Soak the paper that is lying on the fabric with solvent.

To improve the result, attach the bottom of the spoon to the drawing, well squeeze along the contour. Ink will leak onto the fabric on which the same image will be obtained.

other methods

If there is no carbon paper at home, you can try to transfer the picture on the window - through the glass. Using tape, fix the fabric and the pattern, then circle with acrylic paints and a marker. A more “advanced” variation of the method is the use of a light tablet.

Some craftswomen trim the outline of the pattern through tracing paper on a sewing machine. Here you will need some skill and work experience, otherwise the image will be uneven. The process is complex, time-consuming.

Another option is to use a pencil for translations. They transfer the mirrored pattern to the tracing paper, then apply it to the fabric, iron it with a lot of steam. Such pencils usually do not lie on synthetics, so you only have to use linen or cotton fabrics.

A simple way to transfer a picture is to use thermal transfer paper. It is bought in specialized online stores. The pattern is printed directly on such paper on the printer, then applied to the fabric, ironed with steam. The result will be much better if the printout is done in the workshop - the drawing will turn out to be juicy, not smeared even after washing.

Resize a picture

Sometimes you need to change the size of the picture for the fabric - to make it larger or smaller. To do this, the image is divided into approximately equal squares, and on clean paper a grid is made of the same number of squares, but of a larger (smaller) size. Then, the drawing is transferred manually along the lines that are taken from each square.

The result is a picture with the desired parameters. It is best to break the drawing into many squares - so the finished drawing will be the most accurate. After it can be transferred to the fabric in any convenient way.