Paper napkin image transfer

I have been thinking about ways to transfer images to canvas for some time now. Today I actually had time to “play”. n this first project I used paper napkins. I am happy to say that printing on napkins is possible and not that hard.

Napkin Art

All you need is:

  • laser printer
  • iron
  • decoupage glue
  • a brush
  • canvas
  • tape and A4 paper
  • big white napkin, 3 layers
  • nice photo
  • patience, as always 🙂

To print on napkin you first need to unfold it and iron it (no steam). You need to make the folding lines disappear. If you don’t, your printed napkin will not print correctly.

Take an A4 paper. Cut your napkin a little smaller than the A4 paper. Place your napkin (all layers still attached, try to keep them together) and tape it to the A4 paper.

!! Before you print, place a marked A4 paper in the printer tray and print a test. This way you will know how to feed your A4 napkin. After all that work, you don’t want to print on the wrong side.

You need to adjust your photo before you print. You need to saturate and increase the contrast of the photo. It may not look so good on screen, but trust me; you will loose color and contrast when you print.

Feed your napkin page in the printer. Pray it doesn’t jam the printer. After you have your printed napkin, you are done… kidding :-). No yet, but almost.

After you separate the top layer of the napkin (printed layer), you should try to iron it again. Use low setting and no steam, in order not to make the toner decide to run away and hide. Try to get rid of any lines. You can see why in my finished work why.

Take your canvas and, with a brush, spread a layer of decoupage glue (of your choice). Carefully place the napkin on top of the canvas. Try not to make any creases when you place it, or for that matter, tare it.

For best results, your print should be big enough to cover the edges as well. If you manage that, you will not even need to frame the picture.

After the napkin is securely glued to the canvas, paint a top layer of decoupage glue. Try to get rid of all air bubbles. If the glue starts to dry, stop painting or the brush will stick to the napkin and you will have to start all over again.

Leave it to dry over night or take a hair dryer and dry for 10 minutes.

You should give your canvas a top layer for protection, mat, or glossy, your choice. I used an alcohol-based top coat.

My photo selection was not the best. I will definitely try again with a better photo, but I had fun and I learned a lot. Perfect idea for a Christmas gift, don’t you think?

Happy crafting!


Helping hand, so far …

We have raised, for “Inima Copiilor” 2000 Ron, that is almost 500 Euro.

I would like to thank all those involved, for their help and dedication. It was a great experience.

Here you can read more About “Inima copiilor”.

Our very own Crina Coranga, filmed a spot for their campaign (SMS to 858 is no longer available 😦 ):

Their plans are ambitions and their dedication is unwavering.

If you would like to help them continue their amazing work, here is how:

Alpha Bank:
RON: RO96 BUCU 0463 3385 2511 RO01
EUR: RO53 BUCU 0463 3385 2511 EU01
CHF: RO74 BUCU 1111 2100 7905 0CHF
Alpha Bank – Sucursala Dorobanti

Banca Comerciala Romana:
RON: RO95 RNCB 0208 0237 0061 0001
EUR: RO68 RNCB 0208 0237 0061 0002
USD: RO75 RNCB 0208 0237 0061 0167
BCR – Sucursala Câmpina

Before using the details above, please check that they are correct here: MAKE A DONATION THROUGH BANK TRANSFER

If you are a Romanian citizen, you can redirect 2% of your income tax to “Inima Copiilor”. Please find the form and the how-to steps here:

Let’s write a beautiful story at Marie Curie Children’s Hospital.

Helping hand, guilt-free

When I was a student, I was part of an NGO called BEST (Board of European Students of Technology) (

Their mission is:

BEST helps students to achieve an international mindset, to reach a better understanding of cultures and societies and to develop the capacity to work in culturally diverse environments.

As all NGOs, their existence depends on fund-raising.
Recently I have watched 2 TED talks, that changed my view about fund-raising (FR).

I always felt like I was begging for money, even though I never let it show. Nevertheless, for me it was not a nice experience. I felt like a fraud, like someone how should get a job, instead of asking others to support my cause.

Seven years have passed since I finished university and became a BEST alumnae. Once again, I tried to use my FR skills to gather funds for “Inima Copiilor”. That unpleasant feeling resurfaced. No matter how much I tried to justify my efforts, I had the feeling that I was a fraud, that I was making my colleagues buy stuff they do not need.

And then I watched these two TED talks:

It completely changed my mindset. And I am grateful. Now I know that I was not making them do anything they didn’t want to do. I was asking them to help me help others. I that felt GOOD!

My first fimo accessories

After watching a lot YouTube tutorials on Fimo canes, flowers and general polymer clay techniques, I finally had the confidence to make my own designs (although some are the result of using push moulds, but hey I need to start from somewhere).

So far I can tell you this. Polymer clay canes are HARD TO DO. You need a lot of patience, something I don’t have enough of :). You start with a clear idea of what you want to do and suddenly you realize you miles away from what it was supposed to be. You will feel the need to join the “Nailed it” list (link).

All in all, these are my favorite pieces. I hope you like them (more pics to come).


Easy Maroccan-like dish


I’ve been searching for a long time for that delicious Moroccan spice. I finally found the right combination that reminds me of Moroccan dishes. It’s called Biryani.

Like curry, it’s a mixture of certain spices that includes, but not limited to, ghee, nutmeg, mace,[2] pepper, cloves,[2] cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves, coriander, mint leaves, ginger, onions, and garlic.

For an authentic tajina you need patience and a lot of time. I lack both. So I did the next best thing. Everything in a bag, put it in the avon, bake for 30min at 180C. The best part is that you can use whatever you’ve got in your fridge.

Everything in a bag

My version contains (this time) the following:

  • chicken
  • celery
  • Capia red peppers
  • garlic
  • sweet paprika powder
  • chickpeas & my special spice

It was a perfect dinner dish. Wished I made more :).

Go crazy, mix all kinds of vegetables. The only thing you need to find is the spice :). That’s not so difficult, is it :).

A helping hand

Felt flowers for mother's day

In Romania, we celebrate Woman’s Day on 1st of March. We also celebrate Mother’s Day on 8th of March.  On these occasions, it is customary to offer a small/big charm-like object, together with a red&white string/ribbon.

I thought, since I like crafting, I could make such gifts (we call them “martisoare”) for my family and friends.

For Christmas, at work, we had a Cookie Fair. We donated the money to a NGO, whose mission is to help underprivileged families. It occurred to me that we could remake this type of event, not with cookies but with handmade presents.

I was unsure of how many crafters I will be able to enlist, but I was determined to give it a try.

Nevertheless, to my surprise the place where I work (Stefanini Romania) is full of crafters.

Here we are at work:

Stefanini Crafters

On the 22nd of February, we had our first sale. At first, we were concerned we did not make enough items, but as it turned out, we were quite prolific.







Earnings will be donated to help build a new wing for the care of premature babies, at Marie Curie Children’s Hospital in Bucharest.

Help out

We did something to help others and I am very proud of that. I would like to thank all my fellow crafters for their enthusiasm and creativity.

We can all say “I WAS HERE”.

We are crafting :)

My Received Files