Introduction: Photo Transfer to Wood

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After multiple attempts to transfer an image to wood I finally found the best way. I tried inkjet on freezer paper and inkjet on label paper, neither one turned out. The best way to transfer an image is to print out the image on regular paper, glue to surface on wood and then simply wash off with water.

Step 1: Select and Prep Piece of Wood

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Select your piece of wood that you would like to transfer to the image too.

You will need to sand the surface on the side you want the image.

Measure dimensions of wood to input into Photoshop.

Step 2: Edit Photo in Photoshop

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In this step, you will need to edit your photo in Photoshop.

Enter in the dimensions and scale your image to fit.

You will also need to make sure to mirror your image in Photoshop.

Step 3: Print and Paste

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Put a thick layer of Liquitex Glazing Medium onto wood.

Print your image on regular printing paper and paste onto wood, image facing wood.

Use a straight edge to smooth surface.

Step 4: Let It Dry

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Let it dry overnight.

Step 5: Rinse and Wipe Off

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Rinse under water, slowly wiping off paper with your hand. Only do this under water for a couple of minutes.

Do NOT rub hard

I used a rag to rub off the excess paper.

Let it dry overnight.

Step 6: Set Image

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After letting it dry overnight, make sure it is dry.

Spray Clear Aerosol Lacquer on image evenly. You can spray multiple times, letting it dry between each spray.


ptreu (author)2017-02-14

I know this technique only with using laserprinted images, color works very well there. But what kind of print did you use? Is it possible with bubblejet-print? I think as bubblejet-ink is waterbased it will all blur and partly just wash away without leaving the image on the plate. But I just try it. I used Gel-medium. Is that Liquitex glaze medium better to fix the image of bubblejet-print?

ONESHOP Community (author)ptreu2017-02-14

I used laser jet. I have only tried the glazing medium which seems to be doing a good job. I just did two other image transfers on wood and they both turned out great.

ptreu (author)ONESHOP Community2017-02-14

As I thought. If not laserjet it does'nt work. I think I will have a try with glazing medium next. Maybe it's better than Gel-medium.

plyman (author)2017-02-12

Will regular elmers glue work?

LaraeB (author)plyman2017-02-12

Regular elmers glue won't work for this. Once dry elmers is still water soluable so the image will dissolve. You can use Modge Podge as well as gel medium to create image transfers.

ONESHOP Community (author)plyman2017-02-12

I have not tried that. But you can try it out on a piece of scrap wood.

plyman (author)2017-02-09

Great instructable! I'm just curious if you can do the same with a colored photo? I think I'll make this as a valentines present.

ONESHOP Community (author)plyman2017-02-09

It should work with colored photos without an issue. I would suggest using a light colored piece of wood to make sure all of your colors show. Good Luck!

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