DIY Transferring images onto wood – add dimension to your prints
Welcome to my Blog, the DIY part of Kylie.T. Interiors. Today I’m going to show you how to transfer an image onto wood using a simple Gel Medium technique.
1 – Laser printed copy or color photocopy of your image
2 – Matt Gel medium – I used Liquitex brand from AC Moore (or craft store)
3 – Paint brush
4 – Wood to transfer onto
5 – Water (in a cup or spray bottle)
6 – Plastic card (scraper, rewards card)
9 – Can of polyurethane (all hardware stores in the paint section) – optional
How do we do it?
Step 1: Print or copy your image from a laser printer or color photocopier. NOTE if you are using text you will need a MIRROR IMAGE copy of your text. It can be done through most word processing programs like Pages or Word art in MS Word.
Step 2: Apply the Matt Gel Medium in a thick even layer over the wood surface where you want to transfer your image onto.
Step 3: Take your image and apply it face down onto the wood where the Matt Gel Medium has been applied.
Step 4: With your plastic card slowly work out any wrinkles or air bubbles you may have between your image and the wood. Press lightly you don’t want to tear your paper image or make the layer of Gel Medium uneven.
Step 5: After you have removed all the wrinkles and air bubbles allow the Gel Medium to dry OVERNIGHT. Don’t be tempted to rush this. Rushing will lessen the chances of your image transferring well.
Step 6: Take your water and apply it to the dried paper image. Our intent is to moisten it rather than wet it.
Step 7: Gently rub the moistened areas in a circular motion until you start to see the image.
Step 8: Continue for the entire image.
TIP: You can rub as much or a little of the image off as you like depending on how rustic you want your work to look. The more you rub the more chance you have of distressing your image – go gentle and gradual until you get the hang of it.
Step 9: Allow to dry.
Step 10: I used a little sand paper to rough mine up a bit and make the imperfections less obvious (that rotten wrinkle)
Step 11: Optional – seal with polyurethane by following the instructions on the can. It’s usually: stir, apply, dry, repeat – easy. Only do this if your surface is going to get a lot of wear like a table top or chair.
…and your done!
Here are some of mine:
See my tutorial on how to make a new piece of wood take on an old rustic charm here. I used the above technique with this for the projects below.
Sources of inspiration: