How To Transfer a Pattern for Painting

If you are redecorating your child's bedroom or playroom, one great idea is to paint the walls with characters from his or her favorite books or movies. You can also decorate the furniture with the same or related images to match the overall theme of the book. And no, you don't have to hire a painter to do this. You can do it yourself. All you need is tracing paper and soft pencil, which you can buy on a school supplies' or an art supplier’s store near you.

Essentially, what you will be doing is transferring a pattern for a painting, or mural, on your child's bedroom or playroom wall. But before you start on doing this, think long and hard and what your child would like to see on that wall. Remember that your child will be looking at this painting day in and day out for quite sometime. So give your planned painting more than one consideration.

Once you have decided on the theme, follow these steps for transferring a pattern for a painting:

  1. Make the transfer paper.  To do this, take a piece of tracing paper and rub soft lead pencil all over on side of it. Make sure that the size of the tracing larger than the image you will be transferring. Choose a lead pencil with 4B, 5B or 5B lead grading.
  2. Create the pattern. Place a tracing paper over the image you want to transfer and use the soft lead pencil to make an outline of it. Be patient if you do not get a good outline after your first try. Simply lay over another tracing paper unto the one you made and do the tracing again. You can do this until you get the pattern that you want. As you will see, this can be a very time consuming task, especially if the image you selected has a lot of details on it. So be sure to choose images that don't have a lot of images for your first try.
  3. Transfer the image. Place the pattern you made on the surface you want it transferred to, in this case the wall. Secure it in place by using a tape. Then, slide in the transfer paper you made between the pattern and the wall. Make sure that the side where you rubbed lead all over is facing down, meaning it is facing the surface you want to transfer on.

Next, trace over the pattern in the tracing paper using the soft lead pencil. This will leave a light impression on the wall. To check, remove both tracing papers. You will see the imprint and you can pencil over the outline again in case it is too light for you. You can either use a pencil or a thin marker this time.

Voila! You have now transferred your pattern at the wall. You are now ready to paint over this pattern. You can also follow the same procedure if you want to transfer a pattern on furniture that you wanted to decorate.  Other cool painting techniques are taught in online arts classes.


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