I just read a newsletter from Photojojo about a technique for transferring a photo to wood… Of course one method would be to simply trim a photo to the size of the wood piece and attach it! Easy and done!
But to create a more interesting (well, interesting to me!) and slightly distressed effect, a photo transfer technique can be used. I have been planning to create something using photos from my nephew’s beautiful wedding last summer so I started with the image below, printing it on my inkjet printer. I was inspired by a newsletter this week in Photojojo where I found an article about image transfer. The Photojojo link appears at the very end of this post. Their instructions mention using a laser printer (not sure printer type matters!). I found a 3 x 5 inch piece of wood in a bag I purchased for another project. It was a bag of wood pieces from Hobby Lobby. Bottom line – I didn’t have to cut boards to get started.
The supplies: favorite photo(s), scissors for trimming once you print your photo on a piece of paper (regular white, thin paper works best), a matte gel medium (found in the acrylic paints section of the art store); Mod Podge or a polyuerathene sealer, sponge paint brushes and a piece of wood (your canvas so to speak!).
I illustrated the process below in a series of photos and comments.
I also tried this with prints from a photocopy machine using a self portrait (I am not a fan of using photos of me but this was laying on my desk)!
For better instructions check out the source for my inspiration here: