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Make Your Own Transfer Ink

Use this ink to transfer designs printed with your computer printer, copy machine, your newspaper, etc.

You can transfer onto things too small or too big to fit into your printer, or materials that weren't meant to be processed in your printer like fabric or big poster boards.

Use your imagination. You could try the cartoon section of your local newspaper.

Just remember whatever you transfer will be the reverse image so make sure you lettering is printed in reverse image first.

Note: transfer ink works well with inkjet printers and copy machines but not at all with laser printers.


2 tablespoons of soap powder (not detergent) such as Ivory Snow or Dreft
1/4 cup hot water
1 tablespoon turpentine


1. Combine the soap powder and the hot water in a small jar.

2. Stir until dissolved.

3. Add the turpentine.

Important: Remember don't use the same tablespoon you use for cooking.

4. Let the transfer ink cool before using or putting the lid on the jar.

To transfer a design:

1. Start with a freshly printed design. Avoid using one that has been printed weeks or months prior to project.

2. Use a paintbrush and brush the ink over the picture to be transferred.

3. Wait 10 seconds.

4. Place the object to be transferred onto on top of the picture (or the other way around depending on convenience and practicality).

5. Rub firmly with the back of a spoon.

6. Lift a corner to check if the design has transferred when completely transferred lift off completely.

Storage note: You may store the transfer ink unrefrigerated in an airtight container indefinitely. If the ink solidifies for some reason, just bring it back to a liquid state by placing the jar in a warm pan of water. Shake well and you can use it again.


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