Thursday, December 10, 2009

Image transfer onto wood

Last week I found a tutorial on transferring ink jet images onto wood and tonight I finally had a chance to try it out. I decided to try the technique with a transparency sheet. First I put a thick coat of Elmer's glue on the transparency and let it dry. Then I sanded down the edges of the wood block I wanted to transfer onto. Using vintage Santa images I cropped them to fit the block, then printed the images in reverse on the transparency. I used my Epson printer with Dura Brite inks since they are somewhat water resistant. I did need to attach the transparency onto a carrier sheet to get the printer to accept it. Once printed I applied Mod Podge to one side of the block and carefully applied the image burnishing with my fingers.

I let this dry for about 30 minutes (because I'm impatient) then pulled up the transparency, the results were a bit splotchy but not bad.
Eventually I did all four sides, the best transfer came when I let the image sit on the Mod Podge for over an hour.

This last santa had some real trouble but I decided I could hide it. This wood block's future is as an ornament I'm taking to the ASOM swap on Monday.
Made a huge mess in my studio pulling out all the possible embellishments...
this is the final result.

I may still add something to the bottom, maybe some vintage glass beads, but I'm out of time for tonight and I'm headed to bed.



Carla said...

Awww, I want one!!! I love how that turned out, Angie. I really love the "splotchness" you mentioned - gives it an old, worn feel. Would you say it was way too much work, or would you make it again. Hmm . . . I have some unfinished wood blocks laying around, I may need to try this.

LuLu Kellogg said...

Angie I love this! I will have to give the transfer thing a try!


marie said...

Great idea ~ I can see using this to make some puzzle blocks for the little people at my year! : )
Thanks for sharing a super project!

Hopemore Studio said...

Carla- I am going to try it again. I only picked up one block at the craft store (because I wasn't sure it would even work) It was definitely worth the time I put into it.

Thanks LuLu, good luck with it.

Marie-Thanks! I'm sue puzzles would be adorable.


The Feathered Nest said...

Angie! I love these!!!! What a beautiful look they have, I love the aged finish ~ xxoo, Dawn