If you’re looking for an easy way to add some beautiful sunflowers to your canvas, a sunflower transfer is the way to go!

Compared to painting sunflowers on your own, sunflower transfers are a lot easier and faster. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the benefits of using sunflower transfers and how to add them to your canvas.

So get ready to learn all about these beautiful flowers and how absolutely ANYONE can use them!

Black canvas with sunflowers on it

What is a sunflower transfer?

A sunflower transfer is a pre-made image of a sunflower that can be transferred onto your canvas, wood, or other material. Transfers are great for beginners or anyone who wants to add some extra pizzaz to their canvas without having to paint it from scratch.

There are many different types and sizes of transfers available, so you’re sure to find one that fits for your audience or project. They are SO much fun to play with, y’all! This project would be fantastic for a paint party or even a paint and sip night at home with friends.

Heidi making a canvas with sunflower transfer on it

How to Use a Sunflower Transfer

Your mind will be blown when you see how easy these are to use! I’ll walk you though the entire process and show you how to make this adorable sunflower canvas.

I purchased these transfers from Essential Stencils (see why I love them in this post). You can use code TEXASHEIDI for a discount, too!

By the way – if you’d rather paint a sunflower, that’s easy too! Here’s a tutorial showing how to paint sunflowers.

Step One: Gather Supplies

First, you’ll need to gather your supplies. For this project, you’ll need:

  • A sunflower transfer – I got mine from Essential Stencils, who I highly recommend! Use discount code TEXASHEIDI to save money.
  • A canvas or other surface to apply the transfer to – I chose to do a black painted canvas for mine because I love how that yellow pops! This would also work really well on a wood board too.
  • Scissors
  • Flat tool – this could be anything that can help you rub down the transfer to keep it in place. Essential Stencils will send you a tool with your transfer order.
  • Paint and paintbrush if you want to paint on a name like I did!
black canvas with sunflower transfer sheet in the background

Step Two: Cut Out the Sunflower

Once you have your supplies, it’s time to cut out the sunflower. If your sunflower is too big for your canvas, you can use scissors to trim it down. I like to leave a little bit of extra room around the sunflower so that I can wrap the transfer paper around it later.

Step Three: Apply the Transfer

Pull off the backing, apply the sunflower transfer to your canvas, and then rub over it with a credit card or other firm object. You’ll have to apply a pretty good amount of pressure here for the entire transfer to come through.

You can outline the sunflower first before applying the transfer if you want, but I don’t bother. I just stick it down wherever I like. I do like having the petals wrap around the sides of the painting to make it more dimensional too!

Step Four: Peel Away the Transfer Paper

Now comes the fun part! Slowly peel away the transfer paper. If any pieces of the sunflower come up with the transfer paper, just lay it back down and rub over that area again.

You can see how beautiful and easy this sunflower transfer is to use! I told y’all that you would be blown away.

Painted black canvas with sunflowers and Nancy on it

Step Five: Add Any Finishing Details to Your Canvas

I happen to have a family member who absolutely loves sunflowers. So I decided to add her name to this canvas and gift it to her.

I used white paint and a thin paintbrush, and just freehanded her name. And yes, you can paint right over the sunflower transfer! How cool is that?!!

Watch and Learn How to Use a Sunflower Transfer

If you are more visual, like I am, check out this short 7-minute video! I’ll show you exactly how to apply this simple stencil.

There you have it! Have you ever used a transfer? I’d love to hear about what you made!

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