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Transferring patterns requires more time than it does skills. Whether I am painting or wood-burning, transferring part of the design is helpful in bring the art piece to life.

Things you may require for pattern transfer

  • wood or canvas
  • graphite paper
  • craft tools
  • a transfer pencil

Instructions for pattern transfer

While you work on a hard surface, you need to trace the entire design with the help of your transfer pencil. You should try to keep the pressure of your stroke even all the way around the design to ensure a good transfer because if it is too light you won’t be able to see the lines of the design when you begin the project.

However, when using a piece of wood for burning on it, then a light trace of graphite is preferred. When it comes to canvas, you’ll be painting over the lines and it’s not quite as relevant. Part of the issue is that when you burn on the graphite it produces fumes you are inhaling and they aren’t easily erased after you’ve wood burned.

Also, I like to tape the pattern in place to make sure that when I lose my spot the pattern doesn’t move and you end up with mismatched lines.

Next, you have to lift the pattern to make sure you got all the areas traced that you will need for the wood-burning and painting that matter the most. I don’t trace all of the lines just the primary ones and then free-hand the majority of them. This gives this a more original feel and you are making it more of your own.

I’ve also combined two different patterns to create a new work of art. Sometimes transferring patterns can be a little intimidating because now you’re looking at just some lines on your wood or canvas. But for me, the lines are mere guidelines and then to let loose my creativity.

Petra Monaco

Petra Monaco

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Author + Artist, a Goal Coach + Business Strategist. Petra helps freedom-seeking Rebels + Creatives to follow their intuition, embrace who they are while they taking action towards their dreams + goals - whether it’s writing a book, starting a business or just focusing on personal goals. Petra uses her personal story to inspire and motivate people into doing the work they need to do to create change because she believes that your excuses are just avoidance. You can have the cake and eat it too if you're willing to show up for it!

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