PERFECT, cheap, safe, easy transfer!

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on August 27, 2001 at 15:56:12:

Every so often someone asks about transfers.
I don't use them, myself, but I know of one that is PERFECT.

Stabilo aquarellable watercolor pencils are cheap, easy, safe, make
perfect transfers, and you can use plain paper and plain water!

Get Stabilo aquarellable (watercolor) pencils from an art store. I
have a CarbOthello here, *****, 1400/645. This is a pencil made to
sketch with, then brush water over, for watercolor effect. It's just
chalk in a waterbased medium. Very safe. $1.60. This one happens to
be henna colored.

To make a transfer .... print (on plain paper, nothing fancy) (xerox
or otherwise) whatever pattern you want to transfer (for instance
something you found in the rabbit hole or a Dover book). Trace over
the pattern with your Stabilo pencil. Wet (with water) your skin
where the pattern is to go. Put the pattern, Stabilo side down onto
your skin and hold it there, pressing, for a moment. Absolutely
PERFECT transfer! And, with the henna colored pencil, you have some
notion what it'll look like! The paper can be re-penciled and re-used
several times. The pencil on the skin wipes away with water in one

We used these at Ozzfest and Pennsic to sketch out patterns on people
so they could see if they liked what they were going to get, and to
line up knotwork fast for perfect symmetry. To draw straight on people
with these, just moisten them with water (either the person or the


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