An oil transfer is a method of transferring a line drawing to a canvas (or any other painting surface) using oil paint rather than graphite or charcoal.


Why use an oil transfer?

If you typically start with a drawing, and then use graphite to transfer that drawing to your canvas, you can’t really just start painting. Instead, you’ll need to make the transferred drawing permanent by going over each line with India ink or oil paint.

By using an oil transfer, you save a step—the transferred drawing is already in oil, which means you don’t need to go over the drawing a second time. With a highly detailed or very large drawing, this can be a significant time saver. Read the full article on