You don’t have to have extraordinary talent as a painter to create some really interesting looks on walls or furniture. Imprint transfers are becoming a great way to use pre-printed patterns to create murals and other tough to replicate designs. You can purchase these online or at some of the larger home improvement stores. The designs are nearly unlimited, so the only limit is your imagination. All you need to create just about any pattern is transfer liquid and the imprint. From simple murals to large entire wall designs, you too can create a beautiful and long lasting work of art in your home.
To start with you need just a few materials and tools to begin your imprint project. Disposable latex gloves are a must fro any paint project. You need a roll of painters tape to hold down the imprint. You also need a paint stick or wooden shim to help rub the transfer to the project you’re working on. A foam brush to apply the bonding gel, and of course the bonding gel. You may need a utility knife to cut any imprints to size.
Apply any base coats of paint before you imprint any objects to your project. Usually two good coats and allow the paint to dry for at least 48 hours. This allows enough time for the paint to dry so it doesn’t peel off onto your imprint or bleed through.
Cut any imprints to size as needed. Wipe the imprint with a soft lint free rag to remove any dust or other debris. Also wipe the area you’re going to apply the imprint to clean and free of any debris or dust. If you have an area where you have applied no paint, you may wipe with a damp cloth to clean the area as needed. Allow to dry well before applying any gel.
Once the area is very clean, use the foam brush to apply a coat of imprint bonding gel to the area you plan on imprinting the transfer. Let the imprint bonding gel sit for at least an hour or until it has become tacky to the touch. Lay the imprint flat as possible onto the bonding gel. If there are any wrinkles, remove the imprint transfer and start over. Once the transfer is in the proper position, secure the imprint with painters tape around the edges to hold it in place. Begin to rub the back of the imprint transfer with a painters mixing stick or wooden shim. You can also use a credit card or any stiff thin object you have on hand. Rub the transfer firmly and in straight lines or to the pattern of the imprint. Go over the imprint several times until you have covered the entire area twice.
Slowly remove the tape from the transfer. Peel the backing off of the transfer slowly. If any of the transfer does not come off, put the backing down again and rub the transfer until it is free from the backing. You may need to really rub fast and hard to remove the transfer or wait 15 minutes or more until the bonding gel has bonded with the transfer.
Once the transfer is completely on the project and has allowed to dry for a few hours, you can add glaze or tints to accent the design on the transfer. You can also add a coat or two of polyurethane to help protect the transfer if your project is on a piece of furniture like a table or an area with high traffic or use.