DIY: Easy Graphic Print

With computers, design software, and fonts galore, it's easy to forget the simplicity (and fun) of typographic legends like dry transfers. I recently moved to Malaysia and while browsing in a local art supplies shop I found a dusty box filled with these awesome rub-ons. I instantly knew that they'd be perfect for creating a simple graphic print to make our new apartment feel less new.

All that was needed was a mounting board (the type used for picture frames), dry transfer sheets, and a pencil to burnish the backing.

I eye-balled the placement with somewhat decent results but you could easily mark it up with a light pencil or washi tape. To add a bit of texture I used the line pattern of a second transfer sheet to cover two of the corners.

After making this print I literally want to rub these transfers onto everything - ceramic jars, notebooks, iPhone case…lots of possibilities. We even tried it on a leather wallet and it worked beautifully! If you want to see it in action,  Field Notes made a great video explanation/tutorial on how to use them for their special dry transfer edition notebooks.

You can buy transfer sheets at most art supplies stores, hobby shops (as they are used on model trains), and online. Enjoy getting graphic :)


An LA native living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Ana Maria is a flea market fanatic with a knack (and love) for DIY. She shares her vintage finds in her online shop, The Pond Market, and captures her adventures and inspirations on her personal lifestyle blog, Anamu.

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Danielle Hardy said...

Simply beautiful! Cant wait to try this on a couple of my books- so amazing!

Rosa @ Flutter Flutter said...

Makes me want to pull out my box of Letraset fonts that I had from design school! :)

Unknown said...

I love the art you created : )

chia said...

welcome to Malaysia, Ana Maria! I hope you'll be able to satisfy your flea market cravings in KL too - as I remember, Amcorp Mall at Taman Jaya LRT station has quite a number of second hand shops which are not really appreciated by most Malaysians. i've been reading about quite a number of weekend craft markets popping up these days and can't wait to go back home for the summer to be able to visit these (i'm living in switzerland for my studies). maybe you can feature some of the things you find in KL :) I'll be following your blog from now on!

Anne Lien said...

Oeh this looks really nice! Better start looking for these transfers :)

Anshu said...

wow! this looks so easy, and the piece you created is awesome.