Laser Photo Copy (cannot be Ink Jet, sorry), Sponge Brush, Matte Gel Medium, Piece of Wood – Ready… Set… Go!
In case you’re wondering… This is what Gel Medium looks like. You can find it at any Art Store (usually). I’m sure you can get it online too. It’s a little bit pricy (if you’re comparing it to Modge Podge, but it’s a whole different ball game), a little goes a long way.
My Laser Photo Copy… Measuring it up to the wood.
We can see it fits! YAY!
Now, I’m just measuring exactly where I want it to go, the direction of the grain I want it to go with, and practicing for once the Gel Medium is applied.
Now, begin applying the Gel Medium.
It doesn’t have to be thick… Just spread a nice even and smooth layer across the wood.
Looks like we have it covered. Now it’s time to put the Laser Copy down! FUN!!!!
Make SURE you get the paper lined up and set it down directly WITHOUT dragging it. The photo will be ruined if you drag it after it’s made contact with the Gel Medium. So, practice like we did earlier, and make sure to have it lined up and set down squarely on the wood. Whatever you do, DO NOT drag it. It’s better to trim the wood afterward than to have the entire picture ruined. =)
Smooth it out very gently.
Make sure all the air bubbles are out and it’s nice and smooth.
Now, walk away and let it dry for 24 hours.
24 hours later… Return with a bowl of water and a wash rag.
Dampen the rag and lightly begin to wipe away the paper to reveal the photo transfered to the wood below.
See the pinecones peaking through?
My honey took over for me. I was having a tough time doing the project and photographing it at the same time. Thanks, Grebe!
You do not want to hurry the process. It goes fast enough, but if you press too hard, you’ll damage the actual photo transfer.
You will continue to work your way down the piece of wood.
With a closer view you can see that there is still residual paper left on the areas that have already been worked… That’s okay. Just keep working to get the thicker paper off. We’ll come back to the residual stuff later.
Getting so close!!!
And that’s pretty much a wrap with the towel part.
This is what it’ll look like after you’ve finished with the towel. Now, the wood surface will be damp. Just take your hand and lightly rub the surface of the wood, and you will feel the thin paper film start to come off. The wood will clean up quickly. Do not press too hard, as it can actually lift the actual photo itself. If the wood surface gets too dry and there is still a film, just dampen your fingers and work the film off. Then you’re done!
Completed project along with some others I did last year.
A close up.
Oh, couldn’t help but take this one with my Grebe in the background! I just love him! Merry Christmas to you all!!! I wish I could make something for every one of you!!!
I wish you all the Merriest of Christmases!!!
Amie Joy (reyjoy)
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