How to Transfer a Photo to Wood

Are you on the look out for a different craft ideas to try?  I am and I came across how to transfer an inkjet printed photo to a piece of wood.  You know I had to try this idea and I know you will want to try it too.

You need wax paper or parchment paper, inkjet printer, tape, credit card or rigid plastic, and a piece of wood.  Wax paper on its own is flimsy so you need to fasten it to regular paper.  Parchment paper is thicker but you would have to cut it down to the actual paper size.  I chose this method and it worked fine for me.

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Cut your piece of wax paper the length of your paper and add a bit for turning over at the top.  Turn over the extra at the top and side and use a bit of tape to hold into place.  This will stop the wax paper from slipping as it goes through your printer.

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Choose your image and print it out.  Carefully remove the tape and lift the wax paper from the regular paper and turn it and position it onto the piece of wood.  Be careful not to slide it or smudge it as the ink is wet on the wax paper.

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Hold it in place and use the credit card (or similar) and starting at the centre rub outwards all around the image.  Press fairly hard as this is what transfers the ink onto the wood.

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After doing that a few times carefully lift the wax paper off and presto your image has been transferred to the wood.  Your image will be reversed from the original, so remember that if you include any text.  You can use an editing program to reverse the image so that it will transfer the right way.

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The first one I chose to do was the bleeding hearts.  The blooms have finished in the garden but now they are preserved onto the wood.

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The image isn’t as dark as the photograph so when choosing what to print I would suggest you don’t choose a photo with a lot of light colours i it.  I added a spray of fixative over the whole thing. The piece of wood I used was also a bit darker as it was one from the wood pile.  If you used a new piece of wood I’m sure the image would be a bit darker.

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Just search ‘transfer inkjet image to wood’ and see all sorts of videos and sites with ideas.

You are only limited by your own imagination … change the wood size and shape for different effects.  It can also be done on other mediums such as artist canvas and material.

I’m going to get some picture fasteners for the back and display them outside.  I’ll show you my art wall soon.  I’d love to see what you created.

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