Quick Tip:

Remember when transferring an image that has wording, be sure to print the image out in it's mirrored image. Most programs will have this feature when you print your image.

Quick Tip:

Paint your surface first.

This technique works great on painted and stained surfaces as well. The example to the right shows an image transfer where we used Old Town Paints Black Glaze to stain the wood prior to transferring the image.

Step 10. 

Once all of the paper is removed, you will have your image transfer!

Step 9. 

The paper will start to come off in layers and the image will start to reveal itself more & more as the paper is dissolved off with water.

Continue to add water and rub the image until there is no longer any paper and your image is revealed.

Step 8.

Use your fingertips to gently rub off the paper. 

Be sure not to rub too hard. Remove the paper in layers.

Step 7. 

Slightly damp a sponge with water and begin to wipe the paper.

Step 5.

Smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles.                                   

We used a business card and it worked great for this step.

Step 6.

Let it dry.

Step 4.

Apply the image face down onto the surface.

Step 3. 

Apply a layer of Old Town Paints Clear Finish to the surface that you are transferring the image onto.

Step 1.

Cut out the photo copied image that you want to transfer.

Step 2. 

Apply  Old Town Paints Clear Finish to the image you want to transfer. Be sure to fully cover the image with the clear finish.


  • Old Town Paints Matte, Satin or Gloss Finish.
  •  Hard, flat surface to apply image onto.
  •  Brush to apply the Clear Finish
  •  A copy of the image you want to transfer.
  • (Image should be copied onto regular paper using an ink jet printer). If you are going to transfer an image with words, make sure to print it out as a mirror image or the words will transfer backwards.
  •  Sponge
  •  Water

Create an Image Transfer