It seems photo transfer to wood is all the rage right now. Since I already own a number of large canvas photo’s I decided to use a different medium to bring a wall of images together.
What you will need
- Wood of your choice I used a Canoe Paddle
- A paint brush
- Liquitex Matte Gel (amazon)
- A photo printed on a laser printer
- Sander or sand paper
- 8 hours of your time
- Damp cloth
Since my Canoe Paddle had a finish I had to sand it down. I would suggest sanding your wood down as well, just to make sure the photo has a smooth surface to cling to.
I had a hard time choosing so I printed two prints and placed them on the paddle to see which one I liked best. Sometimes you need to do this.
I used Liquitex Matte Gel which I purchased off of amazon but I have heard it’s available at craft stores as well.
Cut your photo to fit your medium of choice. Place a good coat of Gel on your laser photo before applying it to your wood medium.
Once you attach it you will want to smooth it out and make sure there are no bubbles underneath the paper. I used a pampered chef scrapper but anything smooth would work i.e. a credit card, or bone file.
Now you have to simply wait for it to dry. I placed mine in the sun for 6 hours. Arizona sun that is, so depending where you live you may want to allow it to dry longer.
I then placed it under my sink and soaked the surface followed by placing a wet kitchen towel on it for several minutes. This is what you should start to see.
Now you just rub the paper slowly off of the wood.
From here I simply sprayed some clear paint over it and hung it in between our photo canvas family.
I cannot believe this worked! It was way too easy.
What will you do?