December 24, 2008

Transfer Process

I've had some people ask about my process of transferring the final image to my painting surface recently, so I'll share. It's pretty straightforward. Btw, this is just the way I do it... there may be other, better ways.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Final image.

Traced and cleaned-up (same step).

Tape traced image to watercolor paper. In this case, 300lb Fabriano cold press watercolor paper. Small piece of Saral graphite transfer paper (use for multiple tracings).

Carefully slide transfer paper under the tracing, while trying not to smudge the surface.

Press fairly hard (without denting your final surface too much).

Transferred image.

I darkened the transferred lines, but I used a fairly light wash, so this step was unnecessary.

Initial wash, some drybrush texture and starting in with the solid shapes. I'm careful to cover over my pencil lines.

More of the same.

Finished painting with tape removed.

Hope this is useful!


Francis said...


patrick said...

Very helpful.

I love all your recent work!

David said...

Thanks for the insight!

A christmas card for you!

Anonymous said...

Hey got any idea where get this work for print art ? i need something like this to my wall

Andy said...

Always like seeing process work!!!

Purple Quark said...


I too always enjoy seeing the process.

Anonymous said...

So many steps! But it all adds up in the end 8]


pumml said...

Thanks, everybody! And thanks for the Xmas card, David!

To answer anonymous, I'll be opening an Etsy shop next month, through which I'll be selling prints and art... stay tuned!

roque said...

Process posts are the best. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

etsyyyy *drool*


James E. Daniels said...

Very nice work! Love seeing your process. Might I ask what type of paint do you use?

pumml said...

Thanks guys!

James - Cel vinyl acrylic from Cartoon Colour.

Claudio Acciari said...

I suppose that any compliment I will live it would sound tu you like a deja vu.
I'm really glad it's possible to see this stuff on line.
Recently I'm making some exercises with acrylic to get use to traditional tools again.

Alina Chau said...

Lovely!! Great to see your progress ... do you use a mask to block the tree, while painting the background?

pumml said...

Hi Claudio and Alina. Thanks for visiting!

Claudio - your recent acrylic work is very impressive!

Alina - For this one I didn't use any masking, just painted the background over all my lines.

Puga Vida said...

wow thats awesome and beautiful!

tirui said...

very helpful!! and a beautiful painting!

Krystal said...

Your art is so inspiring. One day I hope to be able to paint like you :D