Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rainbow Transfer Drawing

This is a simple, but an amazing process that artists use to transfer images. We made it more "magical", by using rainbow colors!  It can be done in many different mediums too, including pencil, crayon, chalk, and oil pastel.  Usually it is done by creating a drawing and then coloring on the back of the drawing and retracing the drawing on the front to transfer it to another paper. Keep reading to find out the process we used to create our own Rainbow Transfer Drawings.

To create your Rainbow Transfer Drawings you'll need:
Oil Pastels or Crayons
White Paper 

To begin, fold your paper in half and on one side color rainbow colors fairly heavily. We used oil  pastels. Oil pastels are more vibrant and you don't have to press as hard to get dark results.  If you use crayons press hard and realize you image won't be as vibrant.

Now, fold your paper in half with the colored crayon or oil pastel coloring sandwiched between (the oil pastel coloring should be inside.  Begin drawing on the outside and make sure to use pressure when drawing.  More pressure will create a better result.

After your drawing is complete, open up for your Rainbow Surprise Transfer Drawing! C could have put a little more pressure, but she still had pretty good results. The cool thing is that you get two drawings: one pencil and one rainbow drawing!

Close up.

My drawing.

My finished Rainbow Transfer Drawing.

Hope you have fun with this. Let me know how your drawings turn out!


  1. This is so cool! I have used this technique to trace drawing but never thought of using it to make a new drawing!!! Thanks do sharing!

  2. This is super, super cool for sure!!

  3. Oh , I love this! I am so looking forward to these types of activities when my girls are just a little bit older (no rush lol)

    1. Thanks Crystal. You could do this activity, but have it pre-cololred and have them draw and see the results. Sensory activities are the way to go with your age of kids....enjoy!

  4. I love it too! See our Pré Azul..we made nice ativities!
    Teresa rebelo

  5. i love this! thank you! (http://bedtimemonsters.blogspot.com/)

  6. Very fun idea - I'm going to do this with my girls and nieces soon!

  7. Wow, I used to do this ALL the time when I was a kid. I totally forgot about this technique!

  8. I love it! I can't believe I have never seen this idea before. I think we'll be doing it today. ;)

  9. This is a pre-move review. While I've hired Stevenson Transfer to move my stuff from Chicago to Houston and the move hasn't happened yet, I thought I'd share what my (great) experience with them has been. sunshine coast airport to noosa


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