How to Transfer a Photo to Wood

Categories: DIY

By Kathy Cano-Murillo
How to transfer a color photo to wood or any other hard surface.
Every month Kathy Cano-Murillo, a.k.a. The Crafty Chica, dishes crafty tips and tricks in La Vida Crafty on Jackalope Ranch.

Image transfers are one of those timeless crafts that are always fun to revisit. While recently shopping in downtown Tucson, I came across a few stores that had walls of image transfers on wood. Inspiration hit. I came home and used my illustrations (and my husband's) to give it a try. This is my trial run, and I love how they turned out! I definitely plan to make more and spruce them up a bit.

See also: How to Make Crushed Pepper Resin Charms

Kathy Cano-Murillo
Here are the supplies you'll need.

Wood plaque
Decoupage medium
Laser color copy (not InkJet)
Soft bristle brush
Sponge, bowl of water

Kathy Cano-Murillo
How to apply the decoupage medium.

Tip: If your image has lettering, you'll need to flip it before printing it. That way it won't come out backwards.

1. Squirt a generous amount of decoupage medium on the image, and use the brush to coat the image. You want it to be nice and juicy. Carefully lift the image and place it face down on the wood plaque. Rub over it with your fingers. I like to use an old gift card to smooth out any bubbles.

By Kathy Cano-Murillo
How to remove the pulp.

2. Let it dry overnight.

3. Dip your sponge in the water and squeeze it on the image until you can see the image soak through. Rub the image in circular motions to remove the pulp.

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