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Oil Transfer is the Best. Seriously.

I can’t overstate what a fan I am of using an oil transfer to get a drawing from paper to panel or canvas.  It is the superior technique.  I used it today, with excellent results, and once it dries just a bit, I will be ready to start the under-painting for this reading-themed piece.  I’ll use ‘Space Reader’ as a working title.

Space Reader Drawing Transferred to 30x18 inch Al

Space Reader Drawing Transferred to 30×18 inch Aluminum Composite Panel.

I used a 0.5mm mechanical pencil to trace over the drawing, and was able to get a really nice level of detail in the transfer.  I find the basic shadow hatching to be really useful when a drawing has as many little drapery folds and contours as this one does.

By |2018-09-06T21:41:43+00:00October 25th, 2016|Conservation & Best Practices, Painting Progress|2 Comments


  1. Sean October 25, 2016 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Sorry but what is oil transfer, could you explain please?

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