Monday, January 2, 2012

How to transfer typography with a newspaper.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year holiday!! We sure did.
So, I wanted to try something new that I have been seeing all over blogland. I have never done a tutorial before...partly because I just have really never thought of it and partly because I assume that alot of folks already know how to do this stuff.
I am always surprised when someone comes into the store and asks me how to do something that is all over blogland. So at the risk of being goes.
So I wanted to do a cute little table with some sweet French Typography.
I read somewhere that you can use newspaper to transfer being cheap and inpatient...too inpatient to go to the craft store to get something else...I decided to try it.

First I did a coat of white on this sweet table.
I did just one coat because I am going to heavily distress this piece. No reason to put it on just to take it off.

Then I printed off a great graphic from The Graphics Fairy. If you have not seen her blog, you really must do yourself the favor and check her out. 1000's of vintage graphics for your crafting pleasure.

So all you do is put the newspaper down, put your graphic over it and trace the graphic with a pen...yup... that is it.
Now, let me give you a little advice. Try to use a piece that does not have alot of the colored ads or alot of blank space. The newsprint acts as a carbon. Also, make sure your paint is completely dry before trying this...I know, this is a given...just saying.
The newsprint did not come off on the table at all except where I traced. I have tried the pencil on the back of the paper and ended up with a ton of lead - which does not come off of the paint.
This is what you are left with.
Now, all you have to do is take a Sharpie...yup a sharpie...and fill in and trace the pencil lines.
My Sharpie kind of dried out a bit so I had to wait for a few minutes for it to rehydrate...or whatever you would call it. I think that the chalk paint sucks the moisure out of the felt tip.
After you are all done with the tracing...apply a soft wax. I usually distress then wax but in this case I waxed first to seal the Sharpie so the it won't smear when I distress this piece.
So here it is finished and waxed. I have not distressed it yet because I have to wait a bit for the wax to cure. Don't worry if the lettering is not perfectly, perfect. Once you do some distressing it kind of all evens out.
So, that is it. Super, duper easy and cute.
Now go and give this a try... I will show the finished piece tomorrow.


  1. Thanks Leslie!!This is going to be fun!!

  2. Nice! And you did a nice oughtta keep 'em coming...I know there's lots of info imside that pretty li'l head of yours--God knows you've been doing this long enough! :-)


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