THE MERCANTILE CABINET - butcher paper graphic transfer

There are a lot of different transfer
methods available on line but this
article I wrote is all about how I was
able to get the words I wanted
transferred in black ink onto raw
wood cabinet doors.

I wanted to add some black typography to the doors on this cabinet and I thought this would be
another great project to use the butcher paper transfer on. This method transfers the ink from my ink
 jet printer onto the raw wood using butcher paper. Butcher paper has a waxy side and when you print
 on it the ink isn't absorb into the paper and stays wet. You then position your image face down over
 your project and press it into place. The surface you are applying the ink to must be porous so it will
 absorb the ink.
The trick to this method is you only have one opportunity to get it right so extra planning in advance
 is a must.
Butcher paper is not printer friendly and doesn't go through the rollers well so I cut and tape it to a
 regular sheet of white paper. I tape the whole leading edge that feeds into the printer. Be sure to
remove the white paper from your butcher paper before doing the actual transfer on to your project.
Locally I get my butcher paper at Brick and Mortar Living in New West.
I started with the word MERCANTILE and used Algerian font. I worked with a programs on my
 PC to get the arch and size I wanted. I printed out everything on regular paper and position it
 to see where I wanted it and how it would look.

Above you can see the fresh ink sitting on the paper so handle it very carefully.
Below you can see two sheets ready to go.
When you know you are ready carefully turn your image to face the wood and hoover for a
 moment to make sure it is positioned right before the final lay down and press it into place.
The transfer is immediate that is why you have to get it positioned right and don't want to move.

If you would like to order some of the butcher paper I have used check my Etsy shop:
Above is a close up of the ink right after the transfer, it is almost completely absorbed in the wood.
Below are the doors finished.



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  1. Do you seal the transfer with anything? Can you wax over it? I'm assuming you put it on unfinished/unwaxed wood so it will absorb?