How to Transfer Flower Images to an Old Window

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I found an old window at an Antique Store. 

The color of the vintage paint was beautiful and

it still had its original rusty hinges!

But most of the glass panes were missing.

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The old green paint seemed like spring time to me

so I thought flowers would look pretty in the panes.

The first thing we did was cut plywood pieces to fit inside the panes.

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Then I tore some pages from an outdated encyclopedia.

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I adhered the pages to the pieces of plywood

using Artisan Enhancements Transfer Gel.

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The Transfer Gel can be used as a decoupage medium as well as a Transfer Gel.

I applied the Transfer Gel to the plywood and the back of the pages.

After adhering the pages to the plywood,

I also applied a coat of Transfer Gel to the top of the pages to seal them.  Let them dry.

The flower images I used were in a book of Southern botanicals – they happened to be the perfect size for this project!

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I didn’t have to tear them out of the book to use the images.

The most important part of the process is to make laser copies of the images that are to be transferred.

Most copy centers have laser printers.

I took my book to Staples and made color copies of the flowers.

Its so easy and so much fun to use the Transfer Gel!

Just spread a coat of Transfer Gel on the surface (the plywood covered in paper)

and spread a thin coat on the front of the image to be transferred.

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Then place the image face down on the surface and smooth it out from the center with your hands.

There will be a few bubbles but they are fairly easy to get rid of.

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Once it is smooth, let it dry overnite for best results.

The next day, you will need a spray bottle to spritz the surface with water.

Spritz a small area (not soaked, just wet enough that you can see the ink from the image showing through),

then use two or three fingers to rub the paper in a circular motion until it starts to come off.

Its a messy process, lots of little pieces of paper!

And it takes a bit of patience to slowly remove the paper but its very rewarding to see the image appear!

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Sometimes its hard to know when all the paper has been removed

but I’ve found that I have to keep rubbing until I feel no more small balls of paper coming off.

Once all the paper is removed, it will feel a bit damp so let it dry

then you have the option to seal it.  I like to use either Annie Sloan Soft Wax or Artisan Enhancements Transfer Gel.

I cut off the excess paper from the edges with an exacto knife

and glued the boards into the window.

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I love how the window turned out!

Can’t wait to do more projects!

There are so many things you can do with Artisan Enhancements Transfer Gel!

One thing to remember is that if you are transferring an image that has letters or numbers on it,

it has to be a mirror image of the original.

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