Whether you’re getting an early jump on Christmas gifts or just want to have an Instagram-like hard copy of your favourite photos, wood transfers are a great way to to turn a photo into a keepsake. We’ve found a method where all you need in addition to the wood and laser printed photo are two art-store chemicals, brushes, scissors and towels.
Photography weblog Photojojo has loads of clever photography tricks, here’s their method for achieving easy wood transfers: First you’ll need to reverse the photo you want to transfer, which can be done in any image editor. While you’re in there make sure the photo will be nicely sized to print on your wooden plaque. Print the photo in reverse from a laser printer using at least a 300dpi resolution.
Then cut out the photo and brush a thin layer of matte gel medium on top of the photo’s surface. Very carefully lay the photo down on the wood piece and use an edge of a gift card to smooth out the photo. Let this dry for eight hours and then place a water-soaked rag on top of your transfer and let that sit for a few minutes. Now you just rub off the white paper fibres with your fingers or the rag and let it dry.
Additional tips and step-by-step photos can be found at the source link below.
DIY: Make Easy Photo Transfers on Wood [Photojojo]