Collection: IOD Paint Inlay


IOD Paint Inlays are ground-breaking, first-in-class, premium art products that will revolutionize the DIY industry and empower creative exploration across all skill levels. In short, they are AH-MAZING, if we do say so ourselves. (Three years in the making so we love them like our kids!)

IOD Paint Inlays are the artisanal answer to decor transfers. They’re not a decal; they’re not a synthetic film; they’re not decoupage. 

When you apply an IOD Paint Inlay, paint is physically embedded into the surface of your project. After drying, the carrier paper is removed, leaving an authentic painted design and a buttery, almost leather-like surface on your piece. 


IOD Paint Inlays are made from proprietary artist-quality paints that we formulated specifically for decorative use. Organic in nature, the Paint Inlays transfer the painted design yielding a slightly varied and uniquely beautiful aesthetic each time they’re used. 

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.

 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 pattern edges when needed.
7. Allow to dry to the touch. Drying times 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.
• OD 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!
• OD 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