Hey folks! It’s the last month of spring and it is snowing here, in Lithuania, can you believe that? To brighten my dull days I just had to create something. So I remembered an acetone picture transfer method with which I played around a while back but never got it together to make a full tutorial. This technique is so versatile, since you can use it not only on paper, but also fabric, wood and so on. Besides it so easy and requires only few materials acetone being the most important one, obviously. But I wanted to give you a nice specific project rather than just teach you working with acetone. You can actually do that here, here, or here, like I did. So today I invite you to update your plain notebook cover using acetone picture transfer method.
TOOLS AND MATERIALS:
- Notebook with blank cover. I used A5 format bought at clearance sale at my local supermarket.
- 100% pure acetone, can be found at hardware stores.
- Printed picture. Use laser printer and let it sit for day before transferring. The first picture with deer was Designed by Freepik as well as mountain scene. Both can be downloaded for free and Freepik site has tons of other great pictures to choose from. Also make some adjustments with your favorite picture editor to make the lines as black as possible – try increasing brightness, contrast and play with other settings. Your goal is to create dark and saturated print. Keep in mind that your final print will be mirrored so you have to flip image if it contains any letters or numbers.
- Plastic card (something like credit card) or metal spoon to apply pressure.
- Any kind of brush.
First you need to place your printed picture face down on the notebook cover. Secure it in place using adhesive tape. Otherwise you will definitely shift your print at least a bit resulting in blur transfer. Believe me, I failed too many times because of skipping this step. Just make sure you can remove tape easily later without tearing off the whole cover!
Now comes the part where you have to be quick, warranted and precise. Saturate your print with acetone using brush and press your card or spoon immediately onto area. In my experience card works best. Stroke it around firmly to apply pressure evenly. Oversaturating will lead to bleeding so don’t over do it. I strongly recommend practice on some scrap material before “the real thing” to get the feeling how it goes.
I couldn’t make enough pictures, cause acetone evaporates really quickly. You can notice that my picture changed from deer to mountains. That’s simply because I failed to make a good print and photograph at the same time. Anyway, this is how the back of the print looks after all the brushing and pressing. I can already see that some parts bled too much. That what’s happens when you rush things since you need to take pictures.
I tried to work in small sections but as you can see some parts came out better than others. I rushed a bit too much and oversaturated some areas. If this is effect you desire you might leave it be. If not, move to next step!
To fix things I used simple coloring pencils to touch up some missing lines and add some color.
I think it came out pretty nice and brought some cheerfulness into this snowy spring day!
I also made another one a while ago. Here I simply transferred print without any retouching. My goal was to make it look like some vintage mural. Also this print had thicker and finer lines so the final result was much clearer and crisper.
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Will you be using this acetone picture transfer method? Or maybe you know alternative ways to transfer prints? Let me know in the comments section below! Also don’t forget to share what you make using #polkacrafts on Instagram. I love leaving nice comments!
Sarune from Polka Crafts