Julie Snidle: Make Your Own Transfer Paper !

Thank you Julie for your guest post, “Make Your Own Transfer Paper!”

“Here’s a recipe for making transfer papers in colors YOU want.

You will need

  • Newspaper to cover your work area
  • Disposable gloves
  • Respirator. It is always recommended that a respirator be worn when working with powdered pigments.
  • Tracing paper, medium weight
  • Powdered pigment or ground-up pastel (approx. 1 t. for each 9×12 sheet)
  • Denatured alcohol (available at hardware stores)
  • Measuring spoon, teaspoon or larger
  • Small glass dish
  • Small foam brush


Place about 1 teaspoon of powdered pigment into a dish. Add the same amount or a little more of denatured alcohol. Stir until smooth and about the same consistency as light cream. Using a small foam brush, drag the color back and forth assertively to work it into the paper. There is no actual binder; the mere action of rubbing the pigment into the surface is sufficient. The alcohol will evaporate, leaving behind a thin layer of color.

When the paper is dry, gently wipe the surface with a clean rag to remove excess pigment. After a few uses, the dust will dissipate and the paper will behave properly. A sheet can last several years!

Julie Snidle with thanks to Artists Magazine”



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