video DIY wooden picture
how to transfer your picture onto wood-
I couldnt find gell medium at my local walmart wondering if acrylic gloss medium will work?
RhondaW126 days ago

Please help me. I have tried this many times and I keep getting red areas. I have tried different transfers and different woods. What am I doing wrong? Could it be the printer? Please please please help.


this is great work

i need to know if there is any Alternative of Gel Medium

thanks in advance

DeidreB1 month ago

The picture which is better for it to be on, printer paper, or an actual picture, tried a picture and it got stuck and i couldnt get it to come off? now im trying a picture printed from my printer on regular paper, ? But what is better? what do you find that works?

Can i use mod podge instead of the acrylic gel medium

I don't think you can use plain mod podge to do the transfer, no. Though they do have their own photo transfer gel. See my comment above.

kellihogg1 month ago

Would appreciate tips from anyone...I used a gel medium gloss and my photo turned out super dark. I've been practicing my technique and when I use the Mod Podge brand photo transfer, it's bright and true to color. (It dries white though so if you miss adhering the photo anywhere, you have a white spot.) I splurged on the Liquitex gel and was so disappointed to see it turn out so dark. Any ideas?

Elianyd4 months ago
I am making a photo to wood transfer and I have the modge podge and all the other materials, except the medium gel and instead I got loctite spray adhesive could this work in replace of the med gel????
Ferd645 months ago

I've had the best results having my pictures printed at FedEx. I only have a toner printer at home. Not sure what kind of ink they use but it works and doesn't look washed out.

WilbertWay Creations made it!10 months ago

Great idea! I made it and love it! I combined my image transfer with another ible to create a baby stat board to hang on the wall in his room! I love how it turned out, now I just need to hang it!

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Dpeden031 year ago
Mine keeps coming up with areas that have a red tint to it. Is this because I used my inkjet printer? Also seem faded.
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nreed41 year ago
Does it work with inkjet printers?
bpat3 years ago
is there any alternative for mod podge?
L.A.Woman bpat1 year ago
Try an acrylic sealer. Golden acrylics has great mediums. Mod Podge tends to dry to a gloss, with Golden, you can find a satin finish or a matte finish. A little pricey but looks amazing.
lrohret2 years ago
The only improvement would be to add a description listing the materials. I love the video.
bigbirdk772 years ago
This is really cool! Thanks!
gwe2 years ago
I love this idea, although i had a really hard time after i put the paper on and it started to warp creating bubbles which then became creases when i flattened them. Any suggestions? I tried to push out from the middle but didn't help. I noticed with small pages it wasn't as much of a problem.
lcragun2 years ago
This is really cool! Can you still see the wood grains behind the pictures?
Since you'll be looking at the back of the printed image, use a photo editor to flip the picture horizontally before you print it. Then it's not a mirror image when you finish scraping off the paper.. This is cool, I bet it will work on any hard surface.
Thanks for a great idea.
Been seeing these wooden pictures around lately, but never knew how it was done.
I tried it with a few pictures, and now im hooked. I know what everyone will be getting for gifts this year!

Had a few mistakes on the first one.
It also helps a lot if the picture is really dark, after my first one was done, the picture looked washed out.

Thanks for this instructable!
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The song in her Stamp making video is Sympathique by Pink Martini
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love2die1003 years ago
great idea for a gift!! wife made 2 pictures of these in Egypt when she had gone there on a vacation but on a different basis I will upload the Picture here to show you the result.
LeonaMevek3 years ago
great idea for a gift!! thanks
tfitzger3 years ago
Hi there! I've been working on this! Love the idea!! I'm having a problem getting all of the paper residue off....when I wipe it and it's wet, it looks like it's all gone, but when it dries, it has some white spots still. Have you run into this? Do you let it dry before putting the mod podge on? I'm wondering if just putting the mod podge on would make it "disappear". Please let me know your thoughts as soon as possible. I'm trying to make them for Christmas gifts. Thanks for your help!!
crystalshea (author)  tfitzger3 years ago
you'll want to get as much as possible off, but it's inevitable that some will still show even after much patience. when you reach that point, get it damp again- so much that you can't see the "peach fuzz"- and then, apply the modpodge. it should make it disappear to some extent :). hope this helps!! merry christmas!
Thanks! I got most of it off. My husband did end up sanding for me, though I don't know if I really noticed a difference. I was wondering if anyone has experimented with various gel mediums. Maybe some are easier than others. I used a semi gloss.
Hello, Really impressed with your wooden picture. One thing I`d like to mention is that when a piece of wood is sealed with its 1st coat, the wood fibers will rise, which in turn can cause problems. It would have to be cut down (sanded) with either fine steel wool or fine grit sandpaper, then the piece of wood should be super smooth, making it easier to rub off in your 2nd step.. which some people are having problems with. Hope this helps.. Fellow wood worker..
Did you sand the wood you used, I didn't and I'm having the same problem and wondering the same thing.
I did not sand the wood. It didn't seem to need it. I went back and wiped the paper off a total of 3 times....there was a little left, but I did the mod podge anyway, and the paper doesn't show up. I did another and only wiped it twice. There are a couple of white spots that show through on that one, so I will be meticulous with the rest....
what exactly is this gel medium? i'm not sure i understand that part. if i am going to michael's craft supply store, what am i looking for?

Would an Artist Gloss Medium work or does it have to be gel??
l8nite3 years ago
great project, it would make a great step by step instructable
smurphy153 years ago
Does it matter what gel medium you use? I purchased the matte instead of the gloss and I don't know whether I should go back and exchange it or not.
Adorable project though! I'm very excited to try this out!
crystalshea (author)  smurphy153 years ago
i'm pretty sure the matte will work just as well as the gloss. best wishes!
OMG i am screaming like a little girl this is the coolest thing EVER
scoochmaroo3 years ago
I am in love with this project and really want to do it. Black and white only? And can I just use the ink from my printer? Regular paper? I guess I have some questions :)
crystalshea (author)  scoochmaroo3 years ago
you can use color, ink from a laser printer (like a copy machine), not an ink jet, & yes, just regular copy paper! have fun :).
Cute kid. I love this. Totally excited to try it.
dspeer3 years ago
This is awesome! How important is it for the wood to be smooth? I'm curious about trying it on rough cedar.
crystalshea (author)  dspeer3 years ago
it needs to be somewhat smooth- you don't want to rub the gel medium off ( what the ink adheres to) ...or get a splinter! good luck.
This may be what happened to the one I just tried. Everything looked good until I tried to take off the paper. Maybe I got it too wet or the wood wasn't smooth enough because the gel medium started rubbing off. I also used a picture that was smaller than the wood and that's where most of the medium came off. It's definitely a cool idea and I'll be experimenting with it again. This was my first test run!

Oh, I also thought it may be interesting to use a piece of wood with a knot in it. Not so much. It looks like my kid has a black eye.
JessickaRay3 years ago
I love it! :)
awesome buetifully done easy to understand so i can really do the instructable.
jumper173 years ago
Wow, this is probably the only 'simple' projects that yeilds amazing results that I've seen in a long time. I'm definitely going to try this one out, thanks for the instructable!
iblackwood3 years ago
I'm somewhat perplexed by this - is this a photo printed on regular plain paper or is it printed onto photo paper?

Very good video though! An excellent Christmas gift idea :)

crystalshea (author)  iblackwood3 years ago
it is on on regular copy paper. thank you-
This is awesome, it reminds me of trying to do polaroid transfers- but a whole lot easier. Does this work with color as well or just b & W.
crystalshea (author)  evilspacemonkey3 years ago
color works just as well from a laser printer. thanks!
wanna beco3 years ago
very cool! and like others have said, great video!
kkelly-wood3 years ago
Does it matter if the image was a laser or inkjet?
crystalshea (author)  kkelly-wood3 years ago
yes- use laser :)
Libahunt3 years ago
Beautiful. And super stylish video!
hbetts33 years ago
That was MARVELOUS! Thank you for the neat, neat idea.
I love this! It turned out so cute and it looks really doable with minimal supplies needed. Great idea!
Cute video, and ty for the wonderful idea!
what is the gell medium you used?
crystalshea (author)  Scarlettred418163 years ago
the brand is liquitex, but there are others that will work just as well. find them in your local craft store :)
I believe you can also use acrylic caulk from the hardware store just as well...
crystalshea (author)  karossii3 years ago
interesting! thanks for the tip!