I would like to share how I decorate pebbles quick and easy. It's not a gel medium or blender pen method which can be found on the Internet. It's a clear nail polish trick, inexpensive and really easy.
Please notice, this method works only with black and white laser print-outs. Color or inkjet print-outs won't transfer.
- Pebbles (or any other smooth material, not big in size, such as a piece of wood or glass or smooth clay pendant, etc.)
- Clear nail polish
- Any alcohol containing liquid (vodka, cologne, rubbing alcohol, etc)
- Computer with any photo editor program and a laser printer
- Acrylic varnish (not necessarily but recommended for a really long-lasting result).
Here is a quick video tutorial:
Step 1: Find a Necessary Image, Flip It Horizontally in Any Photo Editor and Make It Small to Fit Your Chosen Pebble
As a Photo Editor I use Gimp. After flipping an image in Gimp I copied it to the Word (Open Office) program and made it small to fit a pebble (measuring by eye actually).
If the chosen image doesn't include words, it's not necessary to flip it horizontally, it will look an opposite direction after transferring onto a stone but it's fine for pictures.
Step 2: Print Out the Image on a Black and White Laser Printer and Cut It Out to Fit the Pebble
Step 3: Apply Clear Nail Polish to Pebble. Let It Dry Completely
Step 4: Take Any Alcohol Containing Liquid and Soak an Image in There for 3-5 Seconds
I used a cheap alcohol containing medicine from a local drug store but it can be vodka, cologne, etc.
Step 5: Place an Image Face Down to a Pebble, Wait for 20-30 Seconds and Peel It Off
Step 6: Apply a Coat of Acrylic Varnish to Protect the Result From Wear-off. Let It Dry
Actually the result is nice and lasts long without an acrylic coat but if you want to keep this art almost forever acrylic layer is necessary.