Decor Tip: Chartpak Blender

Decor Tip: Chartpak Blender

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Regina Yunghans
Jul 13, 2010

Did you know that the Chartpak Blender can be as useful for home decor projects as it is for art projects? It can be used to transfer any black-and-white prints from paper other surfaces. The blender loosens the ink from regular old Xerox copies, allowing it to then be transferred by burnishing the back of the paper with a soft pencil.

Say, for instance, you want to print a line of oversized Times New Roman text onto a wall of your home. First, type up the text on your computer. Then, print it out (it may take several pages depending on how large you want the line of text to be). Next, make a mirrored Xerox copy of each page and piece the pages together. Tape the "transfer" paper to the wall where you want it, then cover the back of each letter to be transferred, one by one, with the blender. After covering each letter, burnish the area with a soft-lead pencil. The black ink will transfer right from the paper to the wall. The outcome is not a perfect black, but a mottled gray, which we quite like for a little bit of a rough look.

Like the sound of this? Go ahead, give it a test run on a piece of paper before trying it on something more permanent.

Get a Chartpak Blender at your local art supply shop or online at Amazon.

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