This is day 3 of my image transfer DIYs! I started with a wood block photo transfer, then yesterday was my packing tape image transfer. Today you’ll see how I made my DIY Colorblocked Cork Boards with Blender Pen Image Transfer. Transferring images with a blender pen is such a fun technique. Grab a laser printed image, something to transfer the image onto, and the blender pen.
If you like the pins featured on the cork boards you can find them in my shop.
Please note: this transfer process works best on materials that can absorb the toner. Anything glossy won’t work.
Ready to get started?
- cork trivets
- acrylic paint
- washi tape
- blender pen
- laser printed shapes (here’s a free printable you can use)
Step 1: Print Out Shapes
Use a laser printer to print your shapes. You can head to a local print shop to do this. Toner based copy machines will also work, but the image will not be as clear as a laser printer. Why can’t you use an inkjet printer? The reaction occurs because of the toner, used in a laser printer or copy machine, and the Xylene in the blender pen.
Note: if you use your own image be aware that you will need to mirror the image. The images that work best are dark and thick lines. Photos will transfer with this technique.
Another note: make sure the shapes are printed on light weight copy paper. It’s easier to transfer the image through the light paper.
Step 2: Paint Cork
Create shapes on the cork using washi tape. Paint inside the washi tape with acrylic paint. When finished painting, peel off the washi tape and let dry.
Step 3: Add Shapes
Cut out the laser printed shapes.
In a well ventilated space: place the shapes, printed side down, onto the cork and rub the blender pen on the back of the cut out shape. Repeat this process with all of your shapes.
Let dry and you’re done!
If you’d like to see the full process, you can check out the video below.
If you make this DIY I’d love to see it. You can tag me on Instagram @thepapermama!
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