Simple Image transfer technique/distressed effect; A step-by-step tutorial!

Hi creative friends!

I’m back again with my second blog post. I’d love to thank everyone for taking the time to like and comment on my first post (Vintage box). It’s truly encouraging to come out with something colorful & creative everytime πŸ™‚

Anyway, let’s get started with this project. I’ll be showing you a simple and easy image transfer technique in this tutorial with very minimal supplies. Hope you’ll like it!

So, this should be the final output if you’re gonna attempt this technique with the products I used…

In order to make this piece of utilitarian art, which is not jus’ used as a planter box or a pen holder on your table top, but which is also vibrant, creative and unique in it’s own style, you’ll have to first buy these art supplies from Itsy Bitsy!

Now that we have all the supplies, let’s start working with it!

The wood texture is gonna show through the paper a lil’ bit when the piece is totally done, so let’s not paint on the insides. I noticed that there’s a sap green tint (very mild) on this raw piece and it’s looking kinda cool and natural, so let’s keep it this way.

Let’s just work on the exterior part of the tray!

Step 1: What we need first is the tray and a little bit of wax. Let’s just use a basic candle instead of investing on a can of wax.

Step 2: Rub the candle on all corners and slightly inwards (towards the centre) on the exterior sides of the tray. (We’re doing this so that the paint doesn’t stick to wood and scrapes off easily when we sand it.)

Repeat the process on all four sides of the tray.

Step 3: Once you’re done with applying wax on all sides of the tray, it’s time to work with Chalk Paint. We now need the tray, chalk paint and a brush.

Step 4: Apply Chalk paint on all the exterior sides of the tray. It doesn’t take long to dry. Let it dry for about 10 minutes and apply another coat of Chalk Paint.

Let it dry for an hour!

Step 5: It’s time to sand the Chalk Paint now! We’ll need a pair of scissors and a sanding paper.

Step 6: Cut a small piece of sanding paper and sand the Chalk Paint in the direction of the wood grains.

This is how it’d roughly look like when the whole piece is sanded.

Step 7: Let’s work with the paper now! We’ll need the tray, paper and a pair of scissors.

Step 8: Cut the printed part of the paper and discard it.

Step 9: Fold the paper into four equal parts and cut it.

Step 10: We’ll now need Decoupage glue, a brush and the tray.

Step 11: Apply a generous coat of glue on the sanded surface of the tray.

Step 12: Stick the paper on it with the floral pattern facing down on the glue. Make sure the pattern is straight; turn the tray upside down and check it!

Stick paper on two opposite sides and let it dry for an hour.

Step 13: We’ll now cut the extra paper with an X-Acto knife or a Retractable craft knife. Make sure you use a cutting mat when you’re working with these knives in order to avoid scratches on the surface you’re working on!

Same drill again! Stick paper on the other two sides of the tray, let it dry and chop off the extra paper.

Let it dry well enough for at least a couple of hours.

Step 14: Now, take a piece of sponge, dip it in clean water, squeeze all the excess water and press it on the paper. Basically, we’ll have to dampen the paper!

Step 15: Start rubbing the paper gently with the sponge. If necessary, dip the sponge in water again and squeeze all the excess water and repeat the process.

Gradually, you’ll see the floral pattern emerging out!

Make sure your sponge is just damp enough when you’re rubbing on the paper in order to avoid peeling off the floral pattern too much. If the floral pattern peels off a little bit at random places, don’t worry about it, it actually adds up to our distressed effect.

So, you could probably stop at this point when the leaves are slightly white in colour! If we try to scrub it more, there are chances that we’ll lose the colourful pattern.

Let it dry for an hour or two.

Step 16: When the tray is dry, you’ll notice that the white areas are more prominent now and this dullness kinda bothers us…

Let’s fix that now!

Take a small amount of coconut oil in your palm and rub on the dry paper with your fingers or a small piece of sponge. Anything works! And there you go! It’s bright & shiny, but at the same time it’s not glossy! It looks like we’ve actually adjusted the brightness and contrast levels in Photoshop, ain’t it!?

Cool… I’m loving it now! How about you? Am sure you too are happy now πŸ™‚

Hmm, so we’re almost done! What’s next?

Just let it dry… may be for a day! Now, apply a coat of modpodge all over it and let it dry…

That’s about it! We’re done! πŸ™‚

Hope you guys liked it! Please get in touch with me if you have any questions.

Thanks a ton for going through my tutorial πŸ™‚

– Charitha.


List of Supplies:

Wooden Decorable – Classic Tray

Double Side Pattern Paper – Uncharted Water Damask

Home Decor Chalk Paint – Fortune Cookie





15 Replies to “Simple Image transfer technique/distressed effect; A step-by-step tutorial!”

  1. Thank u Sravya. That’s the name of that particular paper. Please click on the link and it will take you to that page on Itsy Bitsy’s website where you can buy it. You can also give them the product code if you’re buying from the store.

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