How to Transfer Images to Stone or Metal Using Acrylic Matte Medium

How to Transfer Images to Stone or Metal Using Acrylic Matte Medium. A three-dimensional surface can take on a new look with the right superimposed image. This technique will allow you to transfer a photocopy or printed image with virtually no equipment.

Things You'll Need

  • Brushes

  • Spray Polyurethane Finish (if Using Metal)

  • Stones Or Metal

  • Acrylic Matte Medium

  • Photocopy Or Printed Images

  • Pan Of Water

Prepare the Surface

Step 1

Choose your stone or piece of metal. Keep in mind that an image will show up better on a light surface.

Step 2

Prepare the surface: Wash or wipe it down; scrub it if necessary to remove loose particles. Degrease it with rubbing alcohol if necessary.

Step 3

Coat a metal surface with two coats of spray polyurethane and allow it to dry fully (to seal the surface and prevent it from rusting).

Step 4

Coat a stone surface or sealed metal surface with two coats of acrylic matte medium and allow it to dry fully.

Prepare the Image

Step 1

Coat the image side of a high-quality photocopy (color or black and white) or an image from a newspaper or magazine with six to eight coats of acrylic matte medium. Make sure you don't get any medium on the back side of the image.

Step 2

Allow it to dry for 24 hours.

Transfer the Image

Step 1

Soak the coated image in lukewarm water for several hours or overnight.

Step 2

Remove the image from the water.

Step 3

Place it on your work surface, image side down.

Step 4

Rub the paper backing off the plastic-like surface gently. The toner of the photocopy image or ink from the printed image should stay embedded in the plastic-like surface of the acrylic matte medium while the paper rubs away. (You may need to do this partly in the tray of water.)

Step 5

Coat your stone or metal with a layer of matte medium.

Step 6

Coat the side of the image from which you have just removed the paper with a layer of matte medium.

Step 7

Lay the freshly coated surface of the image onto the freshly coated surface of the stone or metal and smooth it out.

Step 8

Allow to dry at least an hour.

Step 9

Use acrylic medium to create a seamless, smooth surface (for example, to smooth over the point at which the transferred image meets the stone or metal) and to coat.