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Old 06-25-2011, 09:32 PM
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Transferring image to a dark ground

hi everyone,
I usually transfer my drawing onto canvas with a sheet of black carbon paper tracing over it with a hard pencil. The transferred image shows up clearly on a white gessoed surface. With a darker ground i create my own "white" carbon paper by covering tracing paper with white conte pencil.

It works ok but does anyone have any better methods for tracing on to dark surfaces?
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:21 PM
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Re: Transferring image to a dark ground

Hi Kluge
You can buy dressmakers carbon at a fabric shop.It comes in
white red blue and yellow.
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:47 PM
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Re: Transferring image to a dark ground

Probably not better ideas, just some alternatives. -- There is a white graphite paper made for transferring to dark surfaces. There is also dress makers chalk - I like to use white or light soft pastels sticks to go over the lines with, gives the same results you get. Quilters pencils also work quite well, they come in white, silver, blue and magenta. Pastel pencils, rather than the soft pastel sticks, would do the same thing and come in the usual artist color range. Plain old white chalk will work if one is careful to shake off excess dust before doing the transfer. The beauty of using pastels or chalk is that they are easily removed with a damp cloth if one wants to make changes.
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Old 01-16-2012, 06:03 PM
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Re: Transferring image to a dark ground

http://www.dickblick.com/products/sa...ransfer-paper/

Comes in a variety of colors.
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