These are some of the projects I did using the freezer paper transfer method. My kitchen has a French bistro theme, but I wanted it to have a personal touch, so I put some Charlotte's Bistro logos on the cabinet doors. The middle picture is a bar that we put in for the kids to sit at. It was just a piece of lumber. I applied the damask first which was printed out with gray ink, and then put the darker image over it. Each damask had to be applied one at a time, so I got lots and lots of practice! The third picture is a sign I made for a friend. I am sure you can use other colors, I am just on a black and white kick.
You don't need to have a perfect artist's hand with this easy transfer method. You can transfer any image from your computer using freezer paper. I cannot keep this secret, it is to awesome not to share. But I do offer classes because it is always nice to have someone walk you through the process, be able to ask questions, and get ideas.
The process is very simple:
After you have decided upon a printed image you will need to get it printed out on your freezer paper. If your image is directional such as wording, you need to flip your image so it will print in reverse.
Your freezer paper must be mounted to regular copy paper or it will jam up in your printer, and you will mount it wax side up. Use freezer paper, and not wax paper. Wax paper is too flimsy and it is too waxy.
You can use a regular glue stick or spray mount to mount your wax paper. Try to get as few fingerprints as possible on your wax paper. You can't prevent them all, but do your best.
Once you have printed your paper you must take care not to disturb the image. The ink is basically pooled on the wax. There is no need to hurry, the ink will be wet and transferable for some time.
Position your image face down on your surface. As long as your surface is a smooth finish like paint you don't have to worry about mistakes. However, if you are transferring on to an absorbant surface like bare wood, your image will be permanent. If this is your first time, you should be working on a painted surface.
Using a spoon, burnish the image onto the surface. You can peak, but be sure to keep the wax paper firmly down so you don't shift your image to make it doubled or blurred. Obviously you must burnish every part of the image. Use a moderate amount of pressure. There is no need to burn a hole in it but do press firmly.
Be careful not to disturb the image as you lift the wax paper away. Now you should have the image on your surface, but it is not set. At this point you can make small corrections using a damp Q-tip. If you have messed up the transfer, you can simply wipe it all away with a damp paper towel and start again. You may even be able to use the same print. Give it a try before you go back to the printer.
If you are happy with the transfer, it is time to fix it. Lightly spray several coats of floral fixitive letting them dry in between. This is an important step as the poly will simply wipe your image away if it is not protected.
Give your image a few coats of clear poly to preserve your art.
Here are a few tips:
Don't get spray mount on your wax side of your wax paper
You can reuse your wax paper, just wipe it clean with a damp paper towel
It might be possible to get several transfers out of one print, although it may get lighter each time. But if it does, you can just wipe it clean.
Make a new wax paper when your wax begins to wear thin
Surfaces that are rough like canvas are very difficult to transfer to
You can darken your image with a sharpie or colored pencil if your transfer seems faded or you missed a spot
Freezer Paper Instructions