Thursday, July 19, 2012

How to Transfer a Digital Image in Five Easy Steps

So if you read my post earlier this week, this was #4 on the projects I wanted to try this summer.  And this is such a fun and easy project!  I found this big ceramic pitcher at Home Goods :
…and wanted to add an image on it for a little something extra. So today I’m sharing how I did it.

1. Print an image you’d like to transfer using a laser printer. (Ink jet will not work.) I used this free image from The Graphics Fairy:
(If you have an ink jet printer, then save the image to a memory stick and take it to an office supply store and have them print it for you on a laser printer. I took mine to Office Depot where a black and white copy is less than 50 cents.)

2. Brush three layers of Omni~Gel transfer medium using a sponge brush on the front of your printed image. Brush vertical strokes. Let dry. Brush horizontal strokes. Let dry.  Brush diagonal strokes. Let dry.  (Drying time was about 15-30 minutes each time.)

p.s. Here’s what the Omni~Gel bottle looks like:

I bought my bottle at Michaels in the verrrry back of the store where the stain and wood pieces are. It’s $10, so use your 40% off coupon if you can.  This bottle will last for several projects!

3. Once dry, cut down to size and place image face down in a bowl of water for about 15 minutes.



4. Take image out of water and place face down (I used a sheet of wax paper as a work surface). Using your fingertip, rub paper off the paper on the back of the image.  

Continue to dip image and/or fingertips in water and gently rub off all the paper you can. Try to get off all the paper you can so it will lay smooth. Let dry completely (about 20-30 minutes).
Almost there…


5. After you’ve rubbed off all the paper and the image is completely dry, use Omni~Gel once more as a glue. Brush some on the back of the image and glue the image to your surface. 

DONE!  And I couldn’t be happier with the results.


IMG_8803 - Copy

Have you ever transferred a digital image? I’d love to know about it!

Thanks for visiting!


  1. I love it! Thanks so much for the great how-to. I've always wondered how that stuff worked! I would love to give this a try one day soon. Nice job!

  2. What a great idea!! Great tutorial and I will definitely try this. Thanks. Have a great weekend.

  3. That is such a great idea! Could you see the edges of the paper when you put it on the ceramic?


    1. I have the same Question. Its would be great if there was no edge at all unlike say Iron on T shirt transfers, where you can see the edges.

    2. The edges can be avoided if you cut the paper exactly on the edges of the image before rubbing off the paper. Because the image I chose had intricate leaves and so forth, I chose to simply cut around the main shape, not each individual leaf. What shows around the edges is more of a clear film (not paper) and isn't too noticable. Try it and experiment to get the results that you like! This was my first attempt at this sort of DIY, and I was pretty pleased with the results.

  4. Wow, that turned out great! I never thought to transfer images on household items. <3

  5. This Pitcher makeover is awesome. Love the dark color graphic against this beautiful shade of blue. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Nice job - I am going to try this.


  7. That's really cool! I'm bookmarking this for future projects!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial--I've been wanting to learn how to make a transfer on a hard surface, so I appreciate it and will give it a try!

  9. Saw this on Pinterest and had to check out the details. Seems simple enough! Thanks for sharing!

  10. A Looong time ago. I made t-shirts for my Mom and Grandmother with a tranfer medium. Much the same. spread, let dry spread more, let dry again, remove the paper and then use more to "glue" to the t-shirt. Do Not Dry in a Dryer. causes it to wrinkle and if it touches together, it will meld together. I loved doing it, but havn'e found anything else I would like to try.

  11. Love this idea! I have the same pitcher.

  12. Can I use this method to make a mug? if so, how would I cure it for longevity?