Transferring a photo to wood is one of my favorite crafting techniques! Transferring any image I want from paper to another surface is so much fun and surprisingly easy to do. I’ve transferred images to fabric (here) and even on to painted surfaces (here). Once you give this a try, I think you’ll find yourself looking for more ways to apply this technique!
To begin with, know that you cannot use an image that comes from your ink jet printer at home. The ink will smear and you’ll be disappointed (unless you were going for an impressionist style piece!). You need to use a photocopied image. I went to my local public library to use the color copier.
Supplies needed to transfer a photo to wood:
- Unfinished Wood Painting Panel
- Photocopied Image
- Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium
- Craft Paint
- Core’dinations Sand It Gadget
- Krylon Clear Glaze Spray
Step 1: Paint the edges of your wood panel.
Step 2: Apply a generous amount of the transfer solution to the image. You’ll need a thick layer. (Photo courtesy of Brown Eyed Girl Photography.)
Step 4: Use a damp cloth or sponge to wet one section of the paper at a time. Begin rubbing gently to remove the paper and expose the transferred image below. I like to remove the top layer first, let it dry slightly, and then repeat the process as needed to remove the “fuzzies” that were left behind.
If you don’t like the wood showing through, you could always paint the wood before you transfer your image. Think of all the ways you could update your furniture or wardrobe with this technique! What project will you try first?