How to Copy Any Image Onto Light or Dark Surfaces. 2 Easy Tricks

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Introduction: How to Copy Any Image Onto Light or Dark Surfaces. 2 Easy Tricks

About: Hi! My name is Irina. I speak English, Russian & German, have two kids & very little free time. But I don't give up my hobby youtube channel. I do different DIY projects inspired by my own ideas or ideas fou...

The tricks I'm gonna show you, I use quite often and they 100% work great for many surfaces such as card stock, wood, cotton/linen fabric, leather and some others.

The first method I recommend for light-colored surfaces. You will need:

a piece of white paper like copy paper which you use for your printer;

soft graphite pencil;

the image which you are going to copy;

the surface where the image is gonna be copied (canvas, wood, etc).

The second method I recommend for dark-colored surfaces. You will need:

all as above but instead of a soft graphite pencil take a chalk (white or any light colored).

Here is my short video tutorials showing all details:

Step 1: Pencil Method. Color Out a Piece of Paper With a Soft Graphite Pencil

Step 2: Place It Over Your Project Face Down

Step 3: Place an Image Which Is Gonna Be Copied Over the Graphite Paper and Trace the Outline With a Pen

Step 4: Remove the Image and Graphite Paper and See the Faint Outline Left

Step 5: Color the Traced Image and You Are Done!

This method also works for mugs, stones and plastic.

Some tips:

Make sure you use a soft graphite pencil not a hard one.

You can use the diy graphite paper several times for tracing images.

Step 6: Here Is a Work by One of My Subscribers Who Used This Method to Decorate Gifts for a Friend

I got a permission to share this pic and I really love the result.

Step 7: Chalk Method. the Same As Above But for Dark Surfaces

I tried the chalk method for card stock, canvas, wood and cotton. It works fine. It's not very comfortable to work with chalk on large surfaces because chalk leaves marks that are actually easy to remove but take time.

Chalk method doesn't work for mugs, stones, glass or plastic.

Here is again the link to my video tutorial that shows all the details that may not be obvious from the pics.

That is all so far. Hope you liked this instructable. Thank you!

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    Thanks, what a great idea. Something I learned at school and had forgotten. I look forward to tracing onto dark objects I now have.