Preparing Custom Water Decal.
Using Water Slide Decals is a very easy method of transferring print to furniture, the effect achieved with this medium can be quite striking.
In this tutorial you can see how straightforward is creating your own furniture print transfer with our Blank Water Slide Decal sheets, you will learn how to PRINT, and how to PROTECT your transfer.
What you need
1. Inkjet printer
Our Water decals are for use with inkjet printers only, therefore you need an inkjet printer; in the tutorial we used HP Photosmart, but you can use any other brand or model.
2. Spray varnish
As ink is very vulnerable to water, you need also a mean of protection protection for your print. We use acetone based spray varnish (very smelly) and our choice is (available on UK market) Rust Oleum’s “Crystal Clear” matt finish.
3. Dust Mask
For your personal protection you need a small particles respirator dust mask.
Printing the Design
Printable side of the Water Slide Decal Sheet is shiny, so using HP Photosmart you must face the paper shiny side down (please note that with various printers this may be otherwise).
Use the best quality in printing settings, and if your design is back and white use “black ink only” option.
After printing let the ink dry for few minutes, and then protect the design.
Spray the Print
Do not forget to put your dust mask on. As acetone based varnish is very smelly use well ventilated room to do it.
Shake the can vigorously and spray the surface evenly, keeping the can approx 30cm (10 inches) from the sheet.
Leave it to Dry
After approx half an hour (depending on the air humidity) the varnish is dry and your Water Slide Decal is ready to use.
The Next Step
The next step is to APPLY the decal. Click the link to find out How to APPLY the Water Slide Decal.
Also – the decal used in the tutorial is available in our shop as Vintage Pret-a-Porter Advert
Music Used in the Video
Soundtrack used in this video tutorial is created by Andy Pendeho. If you liked it you should visit his YouTube channel: Andy Pendeho – Luvka Sound Rec.