How to Transfer a Drawing to Canvas

Hi friends! In this video I”m going to share a little “secret” that I think many beginners aren’t sure how to do, and that is how to take your drawing in a sketchbook and put it to scale on a canvas!

There are many ways to do this, but this is the way that works for me, so I hope you find it useful! Other methods involve some kind of redrawing of your image on canvas, but transferring it this way is much more accurate, clean, and time-saving!

Don’t let someone tell you you have to use the “grid method” or some other version of old-school redrawing your work. You’ve already went through the work of making your finished drawing, so here’s how to get it onto your canvas to start painting!

I hope this is helpful, leave me a comment below with your favorite ways of getting your drawing onto canvas, and thanks for watching!

-Ashley <3

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  1. THANK YOU!!!!! I love to paint really large scale oil paintings. I just used this technique on a 7 day trial from PS. Brilliant idea! You did a great job with the step by step process!!!

    • Thanks, I’m glad it was helpful! It took me a little while to figure out for myself, and I feel like it’s something not a whole lot of artists share…it kind of takes the “magic” out of the art process by showing how to trace your drawing onto canvas, but if I’m going to go trough the work to make a finished drawing, I’m not going to waste my time redrawing/painting it on canvas! Haha, I’m glad you found it worked for you as well! Happy painting!

    • You could do this with watercolor if you really wanted to, but it might be a bit more work than is really needed, depending on how large your watercolor painting is. I usually just use a lightbox to trace my sketches onto watercolor paper, but if you were using a super large piece of paper, you could do a similar transfer method. The key would be to make sure the soft pastel is fully sealed, as it would very quickly stain the watercolor when touched by water/paint. And it won’t be covered over very well with watercolor, as watercolor is transparent. You can paint over fixative with watercolor, but it does kind of bead off it. It takes a few layers, and kind of ends up being “loose” looking, if that makes sense. If you want to experiment, you can try it out on scraps of watercolor paper to see how your particular watercolors will react before trying it out on a good piece of paper. I hope that helps!

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