DIY: Wood Print

I like making things for people, instead of just buying them something. Usually though, I never have ideas or time. But I decided that I should make something special for a friend who is leaving the organization. A talk with my friend over DIY ideas led me to this. Wood transfer printing.

What you need is basically, wood (preferably light coloured), a nice laser printout of a picture you like/your friend likes/both of you like, gel medium for acrylic and mod-podge. Since that’s usually not available in our country, you can try using fevicol and water to make your own varnish. Or use a little bit of cooking oil.

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Make sure that the wood is plain and does not have a layer of sun-mica or something.

Apply the gel medium generously, covering every inch of the surface. Also apply a bit on the printout.

Put the printout face down on the wood, evening it out so that bubbles are not formed. I used an expired credit card to push it evenly.

Let it dry overnight.

Wet the surface properly. The paper should come out easily. At least the first layer should.

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Keep rubbing it with your finger or a wet cloth or sponge till all the paper has come off. At this point, some of the print may also come off.

Let it dry a bit. If you see it going white, that means there is still more paper to be removed. Repeat the earlier step then. Duh!

Apply vegetable oil/ mod-podge/varnish to make the print stay. Voila!!!!

Add a few lines at the back/ side to make it look nicer. You could do a printed line also, using the same technique.

Gift ready!

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