What is Doodle Magic?
Doodle Magic Transfer Medium is an all natural solvent extracted from citrus peels. It can be used to transfer graphics (printed from laser printers or copiers that use toner cartridges) onto porous surfaces such as wood or fabric. Images printed with ink cartridges will NOT work. Please read all directions/tips before proceeding.
How to Use
Prep & Additional Supplies:
You will need a paper towel or cotton ball, masking tape, a wooden craft stick, and a toner-based copy of the image to be transferred. For non-fabric projects, you will also need a polyurethane, polycrylic, or other clear top coat.
Choose or create the black & white design you would like to transfer. You will need to reverse the image, especially if using typography. Print or make a copy on a laser printer or copier that uses toner, NOT ink.
Tape the image face down onto the project surface.
Protect surrounding work surfaces.
To Transfer Graphics:
If transferring onto wood, do so before adding your glaze, wax, or varnish. The more porous the surface, the less likely the toner is to puddle and smudge.
Dip a small corner of a rag or paper towel into Doodle Magic and squeeze the excess back into the jar.
Lightly wipe over the paper just until you can see the image through the paper. For large images, work in sections.
Gently burnish with the wooden stick until the image has transferred, carefully lifting the paper occasionally to check. Add a bit more Doodle Magic as needed to continue transferring the image. It is better to apply a tiny bit at a time until you get a feel for how much your project surface can absorb without puddling. As you can see at the arrow below, I applied a bit too much transfer medium in that spot, causing the image to smudge.
Remove the paper and let image dry completely, preferably overnight. Top with a protective clear coat. Some brush-on varnishes may cause the transfer to smudge, so you may want to use a clear spray top coat first to set the image. You can then add wax or additional protective coats if desired.
You’ll likely need to use more transfer medium for transfers onto fabric, so use a cotton ball to dip into the jar of Doodle Magic and squeeze out some of the excess. Again rub over the back of the image, then burnish with the wooden stick. Continue adding a small amount of Doodle Magic to the cotton ball as needed to complete the transfer. After the image is completely dry, press with a hot iron to set the image. Expect some fading of the transfer if you will be washing the fabric.
Not all laser printer/copiers are created equal, so if you come across one whose images won’t transfer, try another. I obtained sample prints from several laser printers at Office Max and found that about half of them transfer.
Be aware that graphics with high-density toner areas will be more likely to smudge.
Make several copies of your image and practice on scrap pieces.
Doodle Magic is best for cottage-distressed-shabby chic styles. If you are looking for perfectly crisp images on your projects, this product will probably not make you happy.
Doodle Magic is flammable. Do not use near open flame or other source of ignition.
Always test on a practice piece or in an inconspicuous spot. Doodle Magic is a solvent, so it may remove or soften paint, or discolor fabric.
Prewash fabric before transferring image. Works best on natural, absorbent fabrics such as cotton.
You may want to use gloves to prevent drying of the skin. Of course, allergic reactions are also a possibility.
Where to Buy
Doodle Magic is available locally in the Greenville, SC area for $15, which includes an 8-oz jar, one burnishing stick, directions, and sample graphics. Due to shipping regulations and high cost, I no longer ship orders. Send an email to SheilaG@PlumDoodles.com if you’d like to pick up locally.
Go to the Project Gallery to see the projects I’ve created using Doodle Magic.