How To Transfer an Image to Wood with Graphite Paper

You’re an artist. You crave for perfection in all your art pieces. When you want to do wood art pieces (such as doing Pyrography), you would need to transfer images from paper to wood. Most people would resort to the “easier” way and use carbon paper to transfer them. But it is not recommended to use carbon paper because it stains the wood and you really don’t want that to happen to your artwork. So it’s wiser to use graphite paper for this project. Graphite paper is the best thing that has ever been invented for artists. It’s called “transfer paper.” Because it’s greaseless, it leaves lesser residue and is cleaner than carbon paper. So before you can go on with your artwork, you need to transfer the image you want to the wood first.

  • For this task, you would need the following:
    • Graphite papers
    • HB, 2B or 3B pencil (the softer pencil, the better. But never use charcoal pencil)
    • Masking tape
    • Piece of wood
  • Now you have all your materials, read on to learn how to transfer an image to wood using graphite paper:
  • Choose an image to transfer. You can use your own art or you can choose a popular image. Choose the image that is proportionate to your piece of wood. The advantage of using transfer paper as opposed to sketching the image straight on the wood is you can decide where on the wood you want your image to be. Graphite paper is translucent enough to trace over any image you want. Trace it lightly over the paper with a soft pencil. Now make sure you have decided where on the wood you are transferring the image before you proceeding with the next step.
  • Lightly color the back of the paper with a soft pencil. Turn the graphite paper around so that you can color the back of the paper. Using a very soft pencil (2B or 3B), blot out the image’s lines (from the back). Continue coloring the image until all the lines are blotted out with the pencil lead.
  • Trace the image onto the wood. Position the image on the area where you want it transferred. Before proceeding with the tracing, be sure all the lines are colored at the back of the paper. This is very important because once you start tracing, it should be continuous. Tape the graphite paper on the wood to keep it from moving then use an HB (a slightly hard pencil) and start tracing lightly the image. Use masking tape to avoid damaging the paper when you remove it. The pencil blots at the back will serve the same purpose as carbon paper. Don’t apply too much pressure on tracing the image because you might damage the paper or the wood.
  • Gently remove the graphite paper. Carefully remove the masking tape from one side of the paper. Lift the paper gently and check to make sure all the lines in the image are transferred. Once you’ve checked that everything is perfectly traced, remove the masking tape from the other end and lift the paper off the wood carefully. You will notice a light trace of the image on the wood.

Now that you have successfully transferred your image to the wood, you can begin making your art piece. This is a sure way to a cleaner and more precise imagery. Good luck and have fun!


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