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Liquitex Acrylic Transfer

27 August 2018

Acrylic transfers allow you to essentially grab the ink layer of a copied or printed material and embed it into the acrylic film.

Now you can incorporate extraordinary photographs or newspaper clippings into your painting or collages without sacrificing the original.

Click here for a PDF of this project.


  • Liquitex Acrylic Paint
  • Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish
  • Liquitex Acrylic Ink
  • Liquitex Acrylic Paint Marker Fine
  • Large Paint Brush or Roller
  • Sponge
  • Canvas

How to do it

  1. Photocopy the image you wish to transfer.
  2. Apply Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish to canvas.
  3. Gently lay the photocopied image, face down, onto the canvas.
  4. Apply pressure to smoothly adhere the photocopied image onto the canvas, gently ironing out any air bubbles.
  5. Allow to dry.
  6. Once dry, use a sponge to apply water in order to saturate the paper.
  7. Gently rub paper off to reveal your image, transferred onto canvas.
  8. Once dry, you can add mixed media effects by working into your image with acrylic colour and acrylic paint markers. If applying acrylic colour, glaze in thin layers using paint mixed with Gloss Medium & Varnish in order to retain image detail.