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How to Print Pictures on Wood

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A couple of weeks ago I decided I wanted to try making something but it involved transferring a photo onto wood so I did a little research.  Most of the tutorials I came across involved a few specialty materials  like matte gel and the backing paper of printer labels.  I didn’t have any printer label paper handy and don’t even know what matte gel is.So I found a cheaper (don’t have to buy anything) and simpler solution. All you need is a regular inkjet printer and regular waxed paper.It was the perfect solution and it works GREAT.


 Cut a few sheets of waxed paper to the size of a standard piece of printer paper.



Find a smooth, light coloured piece of wood. Actually find a few so you have some to practice on.


Then, find a high resolution image you like. Or make your own.


Once you have an image you like, reverse it using whatever photo program you have on your computer.  If you’re not sure how to do that just Google it.

Put a sheet of your waxed paper into the printer and click print.


As the waxed paper comes out of the printer, gently guide it. You have to be careful it doesn’t roll under itself or touch itself in any other way because it will smear the ink.


Put your image exactly where you want it on the wood. Remember … this can be any unfinished wood. A bench, table, box, or anything!

Once you place your image you can’t move it.  Do not move it.  It will smudge. You will be sad.  Then you will cry and it will smudge some more.


Holding the transfer tight to the wood, and working quickly, swipe the edge of a credit card across the image. This pushes the ink from the waxed paper down into the wood, which absorbs it.
Don’t be wimpy about this.  Push hard, but not so hard that you rip the waxed paper.  You can gently lift the paper to see if it’s transferring well.  If you notice spots that haven’t transferred, rub it some more with the credit card, this time burnishing it.


When you’re pretty sure that you’ve transferred as much ink as possible lift off your waxed paper and get ready to call someone. Because that’s the first thing you’re going to want to do because this method works so well.

You’ll be stunned.

You’ll naturally want other people to be stunned. It’s a DIYer thing.


I tried a few images just because it was so fun.



Like I said earlier you can use this technique on any smooth, unfinished wood like old crates, tables, or chairs. For anything that’s going to have wear and tear, just remember to spray it with a a clear matte finish after you do the print. Any wood sealer will protect it.

If you don’t have a table, chair or dresser you want to print on, you can just find a nice old board and prop it against the wall, or hang it.


Tips:
Use smooth wood.  Rough barn board won’t work, but smooth barn board will.
Darker colours on lighter wood works best.
Dampening the wood a bit with a sponge will make the transfer darker, but it might blur and smudge if you’re not extremely careful.

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