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Acrylic Paint Transfer is The Coolest

2 abstract acrylic paint transfers

Okay, ya. I’m a bit obsessed with image transfers lately, and I wanted to revisit this acrylic paint transfer technique I tried 6 years ago, which incidentally is 42 dog years and about 80 in internet years.

With this technique, we are transferring straight up paint over onto a piece of paper using gel medium.

Other image transfer techniques I’ve written about are:

Materials For Acrylic Paint Transfer

Acrylic Paint Transfer Technique

Lay out a piece of freezer paper and mark the corners of where your bristol paper are. This will be your painting area.

Paint in it. Remember: whatever you paint first will end up on the front when you transfer your piece to paper. So if you are painting something recognizable, remember to paint whatever you want to show up in front first.

Let each layer dry in between painting.

Cover the entire bristol paper with a layer of gel medium and place it face down over your dried painting. Rub your hands all over the paper evenly to burnish the paper onto the paint layer.

acrylic paint gel transfer steps showing front and back of abstract painted design

Let it dry for a few hours, and then gently try to peel away your paper. The whole layer of gel medium and paint should stay on the paper, leaving you with a nekkid piece of freezer paper. If you peel too soon, some of the paper might rip as you remove the freezer paper, so you want it to dry completely.

acrylic paint gel transfer steps showing front and back of pink flower painted design

You might be wondering how this is different than just making a painting on paper and covering it with acrylic gel medium. I’ve found that not being able to really control exactly how the layers look as you paint them on leaves you with a little surprise art.

Like in the flower above- it was fun to paint the lightest pink daubs on, then cover them with the medium daubs, and finally the dark pink area. I obviously knew approximately how it would look, but then peeling the freezer paper away was still exciting.

acrylic paint gel transfer steps showing front and back of purple flowers painted design

Sometimes you like the ‘before’ painting better than the peeled transfer, as is the case with the purple flower monstrosity above. I like that abstract weirdness at the top.

acrylic paint gel transfer steps showing front and back of abstract painted design
acrylic paint gel transfer steps showing front of abstract painted design

This last one is a paint transfer I did of the paint on my palette! These may be my favorite ones!

2 abstract acrylic paint designs showing how to do the acrylic paint transfer technique

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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