|Getting the right tools, below is what you'll need to complete the entire
transfer. You must gather every one of the following items, no replacements or substitutes.
- A design that you want to use printed on paper.
- Ball Point Pen (MUST be ball point)
- Masking Tape, wider the tape the better
For the example I will be using in this guide, I've chosen mask number 0002 designed by Michael
Mitnik. As well as the tools I've mentioned, you will obviously also need your Lexan Body.
Flip the paper in which you have the mask printed on so that it's on it's back. Take your
pencil and trace it. *Press as HARD as you can. Now you should have the design you want on both sides of the paper, one is
in pencil, the other one is in your printer's ink.
If the original ink doesn't show through the paper clearly enough
for you to trace, try these modifications:
- Add more light to the room you are working in
- Attempt this
on a table with very light colors (Eg. White table)
- If the sun is still up, place it against a window so that
light will shine through.
This is me tracing the design on the back of the original with my pencil. Look carefully then you
will see the lines I am following. And remember; press as hard as you can!
Now that you have a pencil version of the Skull on both sides, lets begin preparing the
Lexan body. In this step, I will apply my masking tape to the inside of Lexan body. The area of the masking tape must be bigger
than the size of the skull (or any other design you've print). I shouldn't have to tell you this, but you want to put the
tape where you want your design to be painted :)
Try to use as little layer of masking tape as possible, it will prevent bleeding at the joint of
the layers. Here I have minimized my chances of bleeding by using only 2 fat layers of masking tape.
Finally, you can take your original and place it face up on the masking tape. The pencil
side should be touching the masking tape and the printed sided should be facing you. For my application, I had to cut the
original into a smaller piece so that it can fit inside the hood area without crunching up the paper. Finally, take your ballpoint
pen and simply trace the design on the printed side. The pressure from the ballpoint pen will cause the pencil marks on the
other side to transfer itself onto the masking tape.
Hint: Tape the original to the body to hold it down while you draw on it.
really hard on the pen and go over the design twice or more to get a clean transfer exactoknife the masking tape.
Remove the original and start admiring your work! You should be left with a light pencil
version of the design on the masking tape. You can then use your hobby knife or exactoknift to cut out the excess masking
tape. Now you have a perfect copy of the printed paint mask on your body! Congratulations!
Look! Can you see the skull on the masking tape?