Using Artisan Enhancment Transfer Gel- Full Proof Success!

Using Artisan Enhancment’s Transfer Gel-  A “How To” for Full Proof Success!

One of our wonderful Barn Sale Junk Jubilee artisans makes these decorative terra cotta pots that sell out in our shop all the time!  Amy, who owns a business called, “Rachel’s Garden” – which is sentimentally named after her daughter.

Rachels Garden Barn Sale set up

Amy recently wrote up a little post to help all of you re-create what she does using Trasfer Gel.


How to transfer an image using Artisan Enhancements Transfer Gel

You will need:

Transfer Gel

– The manufacturer STRONGLY recommends a LASER PRINTER.  Also- thicker paper (26 – 28 lb) tend to be easier to handle and produce the best results.  (make sue to print in reverse if there are words)

– Scissors

– Smooth surface to transfer to

– Paint brush

– Brayer (optional)

– Water (spray bottle works best)


1.  Cut out graphic leaving about 1/8″ around edges.  This helps to ensure edges of graphics adhere well to surface (and prevent that dreaded “Halo” effect some people get.).



2.  Apply a thin coat of Transfer Gel to surface transferring to.


3.  Apply a generous coat of Transfer Gel to printed side of image.   Tip:  Be sure to lay image on a flat solid surface when applying gel.  I like to put a piece of scrap paper under image to protect my work surface. Also, try to apply gel in one direction – Do not go over image repeatedly or ink may smear.


4.  Adhere image to surface.  Smooth and work out any air bubbles or wrinkles.  You can use a brayer to do this.  In addition, I go over the surface several times with my hand and fingertips applying pressure to ensure good contact.  Be sure to go over all the edges applying pressure as well.














5.  Let dry for several hours.  I prefer to leave it overnight.

Amy Rachel's Garden The Purple Painted Lady Removal

6.  Thoroughly wet paper with spray bottle.  Pat to soak through paper.  Using one finger, begin to rub to loosen paper.  Top layer will roll/peel off easily.

Amy Rachel's Garden The Purple Painted Lady Removal 2



I have found it best to work from the center out.  This helps to ensure edges of image don’t peel.

Continue to work a small area at a time by rubbing back and forth lightly with fingertip.  It’s not necessary to rewet surface at this point.  It works best when just damp.. even close to dry.  When most of the paper is off, I soak one or two more times and rub again very lightly to get last bits of paper off.

And…that’s it!

Here are a couple finished projects by Amy Weiner from Rachel’s Garden – Handmade.





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Artisan Enhancement Project (faux effect products)

With these cold temps…are you “Frozen?”

One of The Purple Painted Lady’s marvelous customers, Yugonda created this awesome “Frozen” piece on a table she bought for only $3.

Yugonda said it needed a lot of work just to get it into a condition that it could be painted, but hey, for $3 – who can complain?!

She used wood filler and a sanding block, but no other prep like primer or shellac.

First she painted it with a mix of Florence Chalk Paint® and Artisan Enhancement’s Pearl Plaster.
Florence open canFlorence Sample Board

You might be thinking that the color of the piece in the above photo looks much lighter than what Florence typically looks like. And you are correct about that! That is because Yugonda added A LOT of the Pearl Plaster to the Florence and it really did change the color…. maybe a bit more subdued looking but she liked it.

She found that the Pearl Plaster does create shimmer when mixed with paint, but not quite as much as she wanted for this particular special project.
Pearl Plaster

So, she painted the AE Pearl Plaster straight from container with a small brush using snow flake stencils to the bottom of table. She held the stencil in place and lifted it right up. At The Purple Painted Lady we have used stencils with the Pearl Plaster and found it to be very easy to push through the stencil cutout and to get a smooth layer. PicMonkey Collage Pearl Plaster The Purple Painted Lady

Since this piece was for someone special – Yugonda wanted the piece really shimmery, so after waiting 10 minutes – she then applied a coat of the Pearl Plaster over the entire piece.

Once the PP was dry (and it dries very very quickly) – Yugonda’s next step was to swipe quite liberally the back of a poster she bought at WalMart with Artisan Enhancement Artisan Enhancements Transfer Gel. She also applied the Transfer Gel to the top of the table. She felt the Transfer Gel glided on like a dream. (NOTE- she did not remove the paper, but rather left it to work like a decoupage) Transfer Gel

Yugonda used saran wrap over the top of poster and rolled with a hard plastic decoupage roller to smooth the surface. She shared that the piece was larger than what she had worked on before, so she had to work a bit faster so it wouldn’t leave a lot of air bubbles. There are still a few bubbles which make this project less than perfect but she said she is really happy with it! Yugonda felt it was more her technique that needs work. (personally- I think it looks great!)

Then- she stenciled more snow flakes on the top of the decoupage poster using Pearl Plaster again.

Once that was all dry- she painted Pearl Plaster all over again, brushing in all directions over the poster.

Lastly! (phew) -she finished the whole piece with Artisan Enhancement’s Clear Topcoat.

Yugonda wrote me that she had no idea how creamy feeling the Artisan Enhancement products were and that it made them glide better during the application versus other products she has used.

Her last note was, “I am still learning but, the Artisan Enhancements products made this project feel easy. And I like easy ”

PicMonkey Collage FROZEN The Purple Painted Lady Yugonda Duffy

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: ) And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project! And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!

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