I love the acrylic transfer technique that I used on these signs. I needed to make a red, white, and blue item for a swap that I do, so I decided to try my hand at acrylic transfer with color. I first tried with the same paint I used for the other signs. The color came off a little more than I would have liked.
I went in search of a higher quality medium. I found this matt medium at Walmart and tried it. The color held perfectly! None of it wore off at all. Unfortunately, it took off a little of the paint in the bottom corner.
So, what did I learn with color acrylic transfer? It really depends on the look you are going for. I love that I found a medium that doesn't wipe all the color off, but I am actually partial to the weathered look. If I were doing a photograph or something else like that, I would go with the matt medium again, but for this sign, I chose the more weathered one. I added a vinyl heart and some burlap ribbon to finish it up.
Do you want to know the best part? This cost less than $1.00 to make. I cut a $1.88 piece of MDF into 6 pieces. The ribbon cost me $0.25. The vinyl was less than $0.25. The paint was $0.50 for the whole bottle and I used very little per sign. Then, all I needed was a color laser print. Not too bad for a nice summer decoration.