How to Transfer Newsprint

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How to Transfer Newsprint
Transfer newsprint information to regular paper with a turpentine mix. (Newspaper image by huimin from

Newspapers run "all the news that's fit to print," and sometimes that news is fit to duplicate and reprint as well. For a stylish look for a scrapbook page, to commemorate a newspaper picture, or just for a fun crafting project, you can transfer newsprint from the newspaper to other types of paper by creating a mixture that copies the ink and allows it to absorb into your paper instead of the newsprint.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup turpentine
  • 2 tbsp dish detergent
  • Jar
  • Paintbrush
  • White paper
  • Roller

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  1. 1

    Ventilate your workspace by opening windows or turning on exhaust fans. This project involves the use of turpentine, which produces potentially dangerous fumes.

  2. 2

    Mix water, turpentine and dish detergent into a jar and seal it tightly. Shake the jar to thoroughly mix all ingredients.

  3. 3

    Carefully uncap the jar; some of the liquid may drip out of the lid. Lay the lid on a piece of scrap paper or towel so that it does not leak. Turpentine can discolour surfaces and is harmful if ingested.

  4. 4

    Apply the turpentine mixture to your newspaper story or picture with a paintbrush. Thoroughly cover the area and then blot away excess liquid gently with paper towels.

  5. 5

    Lay a clean white piece of paper over the newsprint. Rub the white paper with a roller or with the back of a spoon to transfer the liquid, and the newsprint with it, to the paper. Rub until you can see the impression through the paper.

  6. 6

    Gently peel the paper back. The story or picture will appear in reverse on the paper.

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