Good morning and happy Wednesday to you! I got a pretty simple and fun project today. I though it was time to expand my gallery wall, so I made a couple of photo transfers to go on it. One is on wood, the other on canvas. They turned out perfectly.
- Canvas or wood piece
- dry-toner printed picture (such as a copy machine)
- ModPodge Photo Transfer Medium
- Sponge applicator
- Xacto knife, optional
- ModPodge Gloss Sealer, optional
- Picture hanger if necessary
First, make sure you have your picture printed to size and on an dry-toner printer. Also, if necessary, print a mirror image of your pictures, critical if you have words, otherwise you’ll have a flipped image. Also, clean the surface of your wood slab. I worked on the canvas one at the same time, but I’ll be showing you the process with the wood one. On the front of the picture, lather a generous amount of photo transfer medium with a sponge applicator. The idea is to cover the picture completely so it can’t be seen.
Carefully, place wood over the picture and turn over. With firm pressure, smooth the printed image and remove any air bubbles. You could use a rubber squeegee or spatula for this step.
For the canvas one, I wrapped the image around the surface.
Let dry over night. With a wet rag, moisten the surface of the paper and gently start rubbing the paper off.
As the paper gets wet, it will naturally tear off into pieces leaving the printed image behind.
Do this with enough pressure to lift the paper, but gently enough to leave the image undisturbed.
Let dry. See if you need to go over with a wet rag once again. I usually do. In the picture below you can see how both turned out after one passing.
Cut off the excess paper and/or dried photo transfer medium from the sides by shaving with an Xacto knife.
Once completely dry and finished, you can apply a coat of gloss sealer for extra protection.
I only did this with the wood one since I like the rough matte finish on the canvas one.
If necessary, place a picture hanger on the back and display in your favorite spot. They look pretty cool!
Other photo transfer projects: