How to Transfer Newsprint

Newspapers run "all the news that's fit to print," and sometimes that news is fit to duplicate and reprint as well. For a stylish look for a scrapbook page, to commemorate a newspaper picture, or just for a fun crafting project, you can transfer newsprint from the newspaper to other types of paper by creating a mixture that copies the ink and allows it to absorb into your paper instead of the newsprint.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/4 cup turpentine

  • 2 tbsp. dish detergent

  • Jar

  • Paintbrush

  • White paper

  • Roller

Step 1

Ventilate your workspace by opening windows or turning on exhaust fans. This project involves the use of turpentine, which produces potentially dangerous fumes.

Step 2

Mix water, turpentine and dish detergent into a jar and seal it tightly. Shake the jar to thoroughly mix all ingredients.

Step 3

Carefully uncap the jar; some of the liquid may drip out of the lid. Lay the lid on a piece of scrap paper or towel so that it does not leak. Turpentine can discolor surfaces and is harmful if ingested.

Step 4

Apply the turpentine mixture to your newspaper story or picture with a paintbrush. Thoroughly cover the area and then blot away excess liquid gently with paper towels.

Step 5

Lay a clean white piece of paper over the newsprint. Rub the white paper with a roller or with the back of a spoon to transfer the liquid, and the newsprint with it, to the paper. Rub until you can see the impression through the paper.

Step 6

Gently peel the paper back. The story or picture will appear in reverse on the paper.

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