Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Patriotic Sign with acrylic transfer

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.

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