Are you transferring the image to carve or burn it into the wood or are you leaving the image on there as is? When I'm using an image for burning I print the image mirrored using a laser printer. Then I use a flat transfer tip on my wood burning tool and heat the paper using a little pressure. Heating the toner allows it to transfer to the wood. It doesn't always produce a great image but its plenty good for what I'm doing.
first off, I'm a bit new to all this and the terminology, so I don't know what a flat transfer tip is, or a wood burning tool.
I'm guessing a pyrography tool, but I have never used one.
I'm using it for all of the above, I suppose. If I got into pyrography, I probably would leave out the shadows, just leave stencil lines.
But yeah, just Xylene (mirrored image, when I remember). No heating up or anything. I've heard using an iron can work, but yeah, very simple: lay printed image down, go over with Xylene (preferable the pen), and do sections at a time then I immediately use a small (4") dowel rod and press on the wet xylene before it dries. the repeat for another section until done.
The first time I did it, i was so amazed at the near perfect transfer, that I left a few pieces alone.
It doesn't go too deep, so when carving, it carves off (use a Dremel) and can easily sand off any that remains.
Make sense? maybe I'll do a little video next time.