Bilder auf Holz übertragen mit KREUL Foto Transfer Potch

Five questions about KREUL Foto Transfer Potch

05/09/2023 |

Found a motif that you like? You don’t always need to just copy it. You can use KREUL Foto Transfer Potch to transfer it to a surface. Fantastic for using lettering, photos or stylish designs for decor items. Here, we explain what you need to do this and how to get a perfect transferred image. We answer the five questions that we are most frequently asked about KREUL Foto Transfer Potch.


Why do I need a laser printer for transferring images with KREUL Foto Transfer Potch?

Once you have chosen a motif that you want to transfer with KREUL Foto Transfer Potch, you need to print it out on a laser printer. KREUL Foto Transfer Potch is a water-based special glue. Inks that are not waterproof could run and smudge. That would be the case for inks printed with an inkjet printer. The ink on print-outs from a laser printer is water-resistant and doesn’t run. So your image doesn’t get blurred or smudged when you transfer it. Other waterproof prints suitable for transferring images are gift wrapping paper and pictures from magazines. It is best to check first whether the colours run with a slightly wet cotton bud.

How do you get a perfect transfer of images and designs?

First, use a laser printer to print out the motif on 80 g/m² paper or alternatively make a laser copy of your image. Your motif must be mirror-inverted. Before you start transferring the motif, air the room so that the air in the room is not too dry. Then brush the surface onto which you want to transfer the motif with KREUL Foto Transfer Potch. Now use your paintbrush to apply a good coat of the special glue to the image side of your motif.  It is important to coat both contact surfaces to get a good transfer. Now stick the motif with the image side downwards and use a squeegee to smooth it down. Remove any traces of glue on the back of the image straightway with a cloth. Leave everything to dry overnight.

In the next step, remove the paper from the surface. To do this, rub off the paper with a damp cloth or all-purpose towel. But don’t use to too much water. You can use your fingers to remove any remaining paper fibres, you’ll be able to find any residual fibres with your fingers. Be careful when rubbing off the paper, but be thorough. Et voilà, the transferred image is revealed! You can find step-by-step instructions with photos 


Can you colour transfer motifs with acrylic paint?

Yes, that works very well. Many artists use KREUL Foto Transfer Potch to transfer images onto canvas. Then, they paint over the artwork with acrylic paint. It is also possible to paint the surface with acrylic paint before you transfer your motif. But it is important that the acrylic paint has dried properly. Only then should you transfer your image.That makes KREUL Foto Transfer Potch a super tool for the mixed media technique.

Should you prime the surface before transferring your motif?

That depends on the surface. For paper or card, it isn't necessary. But you do need to prime very dry wood as the glue would otherwise sink too far into the wood. Smooth surfaces like glass need a primer, too. And you always need to prime candles before transferring your image. But you don’t need an extra product for this. Just brush KREUL Foto Transfer Potch onto the surface and let it dry for a short time. Then follow the transfer steps as described above.

Do you have to apply sealer or varnish to your transferred image?

Not really. The transferred designs look fantastic without varnish, providing you have worked carefully enough. But sometimes that doesn’t work straight off. That is why we also offer KREUL Foto Transfer Potch varnishes. This makes any traces of paper disappear. On top of that, you get a glossy or glimmering coating on your image – depending on the type of sealer you have chosen. The varnish makes the underlying colours appear more brilliant. When you transfer motifs onto candles, you should always use a varnish. The KREUL Foto Transfer Potch varnish for candles with satin finish. This makes sure that the candle motif burns off evenly.