Simple Transfer Method 1 Gel Decoupage
I found a little stool at the thrift shop of course. I have no idea what it was used for originally because it’s so small. But I knew I would figure out a way to give it new life again. Then it hit me! I decided to use my simple transfer method using my 1 gel decoupage glue. This stuff is amazing! Not only can you use it to decoupage but you can also use it for simple transfer projects. (This post contains affiliate links please see disclosure policy)
Supplies Needed For This Project
- Heirloom Traditions Paint Peach Patina/White Lace
- Print out copy of photo. If you are using words make sure you reverse it before you print it out or it will read backwards.
- 1Gel decoupage and transfer
- Foam brush
- Spray bottle filled with water
- Soft cotton cloth
- Heirloom Traditions Paint Dark Patina
- You can use a graphic from the Graphics Fairy
- Water based top coat
Before we get started on our simple transfer method project make sure your piece is cleaned well. Get off any grease or dirt that’s on you piece. Paint 2 coats of paint making sure it’s completely dry before painting the next coat. I painted the top using Peach Patina and the legs using White Lace. I wanted a distressed look on the legs so I only applied one coat.When the paint is totally dry you are ready for your transfer.
This graphic is from the Graphics Fairy. She has lots of graphics to choose from and they are free! I chose this old farm scene. Print out your photo off of your computer. Don’t worry if you don’t have a laser printer. With this method it doesn’t matter.
Since I wanted this graphic to look tattered and old, instead of cutting the excess paper off I ripped the edges off. Then I applied my 1Gel to the front of my transfer.
Next, I placed my image upside down and rubbed the transfer onto my piece making sure not to have any bubbles. Then I let it completely dry. This part is so important. If you don’t let it completely dry your image will not transfer well. I let this dry overnight. If you are like me this will be a hard thing to do. I am not patient. But I promise it will be worth the wait.
When it’s completely dry lightly spray your transfer with water. Don’t over saturate it.Then very gently in a circular motion using a soft cloth, start removing the paper. But be very gentle so you don’t take the image off.
I wanted to age this a little more so I took out my dark patina and carefully applied it onto the stop of my stool including the graphic. I did this using a white cotton t-shirt and applied a little then wiped it off. After I applied to the top I decided to add a little to the legs as well.
Make sure you wear gloves or this will stain your hands. See that little amount I am using? Here is what it looks like after it’s completely covered.
Finally I sealed it with a few coats of Heirloom Traditions aqua clear that’s it! So if you’re looking to freshen up your home vintage style this fall season but you are tired of the pumpkins and leaves and all of that. Why not find a piece in your home that you can try this simple transfer method and give new life with a color that can work with fall or any decor, like Peach Patina. Find a piece you can add a graphic to or a stencil and make it a special gift for someone.