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How to Transfer a Photograph Onto a Block of Wood

Here’s a quick and easy tutorial that’ll teach you a cool method of transferring a photo print (black and white or color) onto a block of wood.

All you’ll need (aside from the photo and wood) is some gel medium and Mod Podge. You’ll want to use prints made with some kind of laser printer or copier rather than an ink printer.

DIY Wooden Picture [ReadyMade]


 
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  • Supermom7972

    Does this work with a Kodak Picture? If I got double prints I would experiment with one of them.

  • Johnnyg

    Ummmmmm nooooo the laser printer ink transfers into the block of wood into the fibers when you wipe off the paper the ink leftover on the paper goes with it the ink in the block of wood is permanently sealed into the wood fiber and sealed better with Mod Podge i been doing this stuff since i was a kid ! dot matrix printers were fun for this stuff !

  • duncancreamer

    I don’t understand, in your explanation, how the ink gets through the acrylic and into the wood fibers. There’s a barrier of acrylic.

  • Johnnyg

    Its not a barrier when its wet the ink transfers through it into the wood and when it dries its covered by it then all you need to do is strip off the paper !

  • http://www.slrcoaching.com/ SLR Coaching

    Just soptted this and very excited to give it a go! Off I go to Amazon to buy the bits then I’ll be off! Thanks for sharing the idea.

  • Markus

    Great idea! I love it. And I can buy the same products here in Germany. Great! Bear in mind, that you have to print the image mirrored to have the right alignment.

  • Jeff Henderson

    You can always sand the wood smooth again to remove any residual color from the inkjet printing. The wood does not have to be wasted.

  • doodlebug

    So can you use photos that have been professionally done by a photographer and from schools?

  • Mike R

    I wonder if it would work the same on metal

  • uganda

    You are very creative, thanks for sharing your talents with the world