I guess the method of doing wood transfers has been around for a long time but with all the vintage inspired decor out there I guess it’s getting another debut. I love the look of black and white pictures and also natural wood so put the two together! Walaa, a beautiful one of a kind art peice! Soooooo easy AND so cheap! To think that so many people pay money for pictures to be put on canvas’s. Tisk tisk…. Anyways I was in a rush while doing this tutorial and to be honest it was all because I was so excited to see if it really was as easy as I read. A craft this cool in only 3 steps?!?! Yes….. except for some minor details that make a big difference. (I learned the hard way after a few mistakes) 1. Make sure you cover the wood evenly with enough gel medium 2. Find the smoothest peice of wood you can find or else the ink won’t transfer into the grooves. Here it goes!
You will need:
-black and white photo printed with laser printer on REGULAR white computer paper (impressed already?)
-piece of wood whatever size you like (I got mine at Michaels for $4.99 and it was sold as a wooden plaque)
-water (little pricey… I’m sorry)
Whether you choose gloss finish or matte finish Mod Podge is up to your personal taste. As for the gel medium, it can be found at your local craft store. For those who don’t know what this is; it’s a thick, colorless liquid, used as a paint additive, protective finish, or adhesive. In this case it’s used an an adhesive.
Step 1 – Paint a generous even coat of gel medium onto surface of wood. Place picture image side down and smooth out bubbles. Let dry overnight (whewff tough work hey?)
Step 2. With a sponge or wet cloth apply water to soak the paper. Start to gently rub your fingers in a circular motion until the paper starts rolling off. (Sorry for the blurry pic, but with my clumbsiness I don’t think water and digital camera’s are a very good mix) Once all the paper is rubbed off, let the wood dry.
Step 3. Brush an even coat of Mod Podge over entire picture. Let dry and your done! For a more weathered look like mine, just rough up the canvas with some sandpaper in vertical streaks BEFORE you seal with the Mod Podge.
What I loved most about this craft was that it was soooo easy. Since I already had all the supplies except the wood, this craft only cost me $4.99! This is such a great addition to any room, fireplace mantle or as a gift. What a cute way to surprise someone with a personalized art piece for a baby shower, wedding or birthday. All you need is a picture of them and your set! Hope you like it!