Our Indigo Floral Paint Inlay was inspired by the intertwining and rambling florals found on a 1780 cotton bedcover from India. Depending upon how it is used, this delicate and deep blue Pain Inlay can exude either a classic or bohemian aesthetic.


IOD Paint Inlays are the artisanal answer to decor transfers. They are not a decal; they are not a synthetic film; they are not decoupage. When you apply an IOD Pain Inlay, artisanal paint is embedded into your surface and the paper is removed, leaving an authentic painted design and a buttery, almost leather-like surface on your piece.


IOD Paint Inlays are made from a proprietary artist-quality paint which we formulated specifically for decorative use. They are organic in nature and the transfer of the painted design will be slightly varied and unique for each individual. The results are visually interesting, texturally complex, and often inherently distressed. The paint formula is 'active' until sealed. That means that you can manipulate it and apply special techniques or a custom touch before you seal your piece. And, as if once isn't enough, you can often get a beautifully-faded second impression, with the residual pigment on your 'leftover' Paint Inlay sheets. Depending on the techniques and colors you are using with your Paint Inlay, sometimes you can even get a third impression!


IMPORTANT NOTE: For best results with basic application, use a chalk-type paint that does not contain polymers. (Polymer-based paints and topcoats can also be used, but the timing and results vary, so check out our tutorials for that and more special technique videos.)


Step by step instructions:

1. Plan the layout of your designs for your surface.

2. Using the grids on the back side of the inlay sheet, trim as needed and set aside. If you are using a repeat pattern and lining the pattern up continuously, then trim excess margin on each sheet.

3. On an appropriately prepared surface, apply a generous and even coat of mineral-based chalk-type paint. Work in small sections to manage the paint-drying window as you work, generally not larger than 12"x16".

4. While paint is still wet, lay the paint inlay sheet, design side down (grids are printed on the back for easy identification of front and back), into the wet paint, keeping it taut.

5. Spritz lightly with an even mist of water. Using a smooth damp sponge or folded soft cloth, pat down with even light pressure to make sure the design makes good contact with the painted surface. Avoid excessive moving or dragging of the Paint Inlay sheet once it is laid down, as this can cause blur or smear.

6. Repeat steps 3-5 to complete your design, lining up your sections as appropriate. The gridlines can help to match patterns edges when needed.

7. Allow to dry to the touch. Drying ties can vary anywhere from 10 minutes to one hour, depending upon conditions.

8. When ready to remove the Paint Inlay sheets from your surface, spritz evenly with water and allow 30 seconds to absorb; this helps the backing to release. Starting at one corner, gently pull the paper up, keeping it at a low angle. It should come up easily without tearing. If it does not, spritz a second time and wait a moment, then try again.

9. If desired, you can use water to blend out or soften the design, because the pigment is still movable and active. You can even add additional colors.

10. Once you are happy with the Paint Inlay design, it is time to seal it. There are a few different options for sealing:

-Apply a water-based polyurethane-type sealer directly over your work, being careful not to overwork. With this method you may notice a small amount of pigment migration; this is minimized by avoiding overworking of the sealer into your piece.

-Set your work initially with a spray-on sealer or artist's fixative. Allow to dry. Apply your finish of choice.

-You can also use wax to seal your piece. Apply according to manufacturer's directions and buff to a sheen as usual.



-Keep stored in the packaging at room temperature, in a dry area, until ready to use.

-Always handle your Paint Inlay sheets with care and keep completely dry until ready to use.

-IOD Paint Inlay sheets can be used on fabric with a quality fabric medium and, yes, you can get more than one impression even on fabric!

-IOD Paint Inlays can be used on glass using a clear medium that adheres to glass.

-For more details on these and other techniques, visit our tutorial section at