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Transfer a sketch onto the painting surface

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Starting a painting can be an exciting process, whether you prefer sketching or diving right into the canvas. Today, I want to share my preferred method of transferring pencil sketches onto the painting surface. It’s a simple and effective technique that allows me to bring my ideas to life.

Here's a step-by-step guide to help you with the process:

  1. Make a Sketch: Begin by creating a pencil sketch of your artwork. You can choose to make it detailed or keep it simple, depending on your preference.

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2. Scan or Take a Photo: Capture a clear image of your sketch using a scanner or a camera. I personally use an iPad and Procreate to trace the contour lines and experiment with colors to select my palette. But don’t worry, you don’t need any fancy tools. You can simply print your sketch directly.

You can also use your sketch directly, but I prefer to take care of them and keep them in a notebook.


3. Print: Print your sketch onto paper. If your artwork is larger than an A4 size sheet, you can print it in sections and assemble them together using tape. 

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4.Transfer: There are two methods I use for transferring the sketch. The first one involves using graphite transfer paper. Simply place the graphite paper between your printed sketch and the painting surface, and then trace over your design with a pencil. While this method is convenient, it can sometimes be messy and leave behind residues and stains that are difficult to erase.

Alternatively, you can create your own transfer paper by painting the back of the printed sketch with an HB graphite pencil. This method takes more time, but it allows for easy erasing and better control over the transfer process, without leaving unwanted marks on the painting surface.

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brush, paintbrushes, basic, tips
brush, paintbrushes, basic, tips

Give these techniques a try and see which one works best for you!

I would love to hear about your experience with transferring sketches onto the painting surface. Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

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Happy painting!

P.S. Don’t forget to check out my previous blog post on how to start painting with acrylics for more painting tips and inspiration!

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