Try This Acrylic Painting Transfer Technique

Gel transfer art project to do with kids •

Hello! I have a REALLY fun project today- we’re delving into acrylic paints for this easy gel transfer project, and the best part is, it’s fun for most ages of kids.

Gel transfer art project to do with kids •

I got the idea for this project on the Golden Paints website, and I happen to love Golden brand, so I have a ton of their paints and gel mediums around. I had to modify the project somewhat, because I didn’t have the fancy plastic surface they used.

First I tried heavy vinyl, but everything just permanently stuck together. I was determined to figure out a kid-friendly way to do this project, and after some more trial and error, I discovered that good old wax paper works beautifully!

You DO have wax paper, don’t you?


  • Acrylic paints
  • Acrylic gel medium- gloss or matte
  • Wax paper
  • White card stock or smooth watercolor paper

Since you may not have acrylic paints or gel mediums, I’ve included some Amazon links if you want to throw them into your next order. I will be doing more acrylic projects in the future, and they really are wonderful paints for elementary kids and older.

Rip off a piece of wax paper and paint on it with acrylic paints. Remind your kids that as they are painting, the paint that is closest to the wax paper will be the part that is showing in the final print.

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This means, if you paint something, then let it dry and paint over it, your final print will only show whatever paint is touching the wax paper.

We started by painting with black on the wax paper, letting it dry and coloring it in with different colors of paint.

Gel transfer art project to do with kids •

Let this dry completely. Next, brush acrylic gel medium all over your painting, in a semi-thick layer.

acrylic gel medium

Place a piece of white card stock over this and press, rubbing from the center out to work out the air bubbles. Let your paper sit there and dry for about 30-45 minutes. Don’t let it dry all the way! The wax paper will stick to the paint too much.

After about 30 minutes, slowly peel back the wax paper. You’ll see right away if the paint is coming off with the wax paper or staying with the gel and paper. Leave it alone for another 15 minutes if the paint isn’t coming off with the paper and gel medium.

The best part of this project is peeling the wax paper away and seeing your amazing print! Check out the cool texture from the wax paper.

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 For more inspiration, check out 17 Acrylic Painting Techniques to Try With Kids.

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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