To give a treasured photo a more permanent place than even a frame, transfer it onto another surface! This easy technique works on both wood and canvas. Make a series of family portraits for your living room or commemorate a beloved pet. Or why not give one as a gift to a friend? They'll be so touched by your thoughtful keepsake.
What You Need
- Flat wood block or canvas
- Image, laser-printed in reverse (you can get one at a copy shop)
- Gel medium
- Foam brush
- Small brayer or spoon
- Clear sealer
Step 1: Apply Gel Medium
Brush a thin, even layer of gel medium over the front side of your photo, making sure it covers the whole surface.
Step 2: Smooth and Dry
Gently place the photo facedown on the wood. Smooth out any air bubbles with a brayer. If you don't have a brayer, the back of a spoon works just as well. Now for the waiting: Allow the gel to dry overnight, or at least 8 hours.
Step 3: Wet Image
It's time to soak the transfer. Press a wet rag against the back of your photo, making sure the entire image is soaked.
Step 4: Remove Paper Backing
Carefully rub off the paper fibers with your hands. Be sure not to dig too deeply, or you might scratch the image.
Step 5: Seal and Finish
Once your masterpiece has fully dried, protect it with a layer of sealer.