Water Slide Decals: Transfer Complex Print to Furniture – VIDEO TUTORIAL

The print transfer used in the tutorial below was originally created as Water Slide Decals, and is still available in our online shop at BigBite Studio – Print Transfers.

If you want to try it yourself, you can have this design as
Water Decal: French Graphic: Grain Sacks #017

How to transfer big and complex print with water slide decals

water slide decal print transfer to furniture tutorial

Water Slide Decal Print Transfer to Furniture

We have a lot questions regarding our water slide decals and techniques we use to transfer prints with them. That is why we decided to make a video tutorial on this subject.

In fact this is the last part of tutorial on making Shabby Chic Furniture with print, however we starting to publish it backwards. The next part will cover the methods we use to make a texture using Annie Sloan’s chalk paints.

To transfer the print using our Water Slide Decals you need to have:
– pencil
– rubber (eraser)
– sharp scissors
– ruler
– tray with water
– tissues

The decals we create you can find in our shop. The decals always go with a corresponding template. Your first job is to cut out the template and position it on the surface. Then you need to mark the position with a pencil to help you align the decals afterwards.

Then cut out the decal – the more parts you will cut out the better result. Leave no more than 1 mm space around the prints.

Later you need to dip the decal in water and position it marked place. You need 10-15 seconds for this process. After this the decal will slide easily off the backing paper.

You need to remove as much water as possible from underneath of decal and dry it with tissue. The edges of decal sometimes must be pressed hard to the surface to make them smooth. Stroke it, stroke it, and then stroke once more.

Repeat the process with the remaining elements.

When it is done, you need to leave it overnight in a dry place. At the end – protect everything with a polyurethane or acetone spray varnish.

Detailed instructions you will find also at our tutorial on How to make Shabby Chic Furniture with print


  1. dawnee

    Thanks for this, was great to see as i have just bought a decal from you. Loved the music too 🙂


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