You’re going to wonder why you’ve been doing photo transfer the hard way! The parchment paper photo transfer method means less burnishing and there’s no paper to dissolve so less chance of rubbing too hard and ruining your transfer.
How to do a Parchment Paper Encaustic Transfer
You’ll want to use a toner-based laser printer.
- Before you begin, prepare your image. Use an image editing program to flip the image so it will be the right way when you transfer it.
- Parchment paper can go through a laser printer but it’s too slippery to feed through on its own. You’ll need a carrier sheet. Cut the parchment so it is smaller than a standard 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper and tape it securely down with strong shipping packing tape. (Hat tip to Amelia Kraemer for the packing tape suggestion). Don’t tape right to the top edge, make sure there is enough paper for the printer to grip for the initial pull. My printer has a feed slot that works well for this.
- Prepare your encaustic painting surface to receive the transfer. Make sure the area is very smooth. Bumps and divets will not receive the transfer properly.
- Once printed, put the parchment image-side down on your encaustic painting and rub the back of the parchment with a spoon. The ink will come off very easily and you will be able to see through the parchment to ensure that the entire image has transferred.
- Once you’ve finished rubbing, simply lift the parchment paper up. There is no need to dissolve the paper with water.
- You’ll need to gently fuse the transfer to sink the transferred ink into the wax. I use a torch and let the flame lick the surface.
Give it a try. I’m sure you’ll agree that this is a much easier method.
Have you tried the parchment paper photo transfer method? Leave a comment below with any tips or notes from your experience.
You can also join the All Things Encaustic Facebook Group and post photos of your paintings.
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