How to Transfer Vintage Wallpaper, Pictures and Almost Anything on Wood - thanks to the author: We would like to thank Diego Tirigall for his post and authorship of the original article that inspires so many of you. We've included a link to his page for other inspiring ideas. Just click on his name. - HS.
You can basically transfer anything on wood, from photographs to wallpaper pattern. It's something anyone can do, and here is above the beautiful result you can get!
What you'll need:
- Acrylic gel medium: the beauty of this technique lies in the nature of the acrylic - you can adjust and modify the gel to suit your needs... whether using retarder to increase smoothness, mixing in acrylic pigment, or even mixing in other materials (I've seen everything from gold flake to sand mixed into the acrylic gel)
- An image to transfer. Print a photo out with a laser or inkjet print on regular paper (NOT photo paper). If your photo has any words on it, you will need to print it out as a mirror image.
How to do it:
- Lightly sand the face of the wood pallet with a sanding block, and sweep off the wood dust.
- Paint a thin layer of gel medium over the entire front surface of the pallet with a bristled brush if you want your photo transfer to look more rustic. (If you want a more polished and complete photo transfer, paint gel medium on with a foam brush instead.)
- Make the layer of gel medium as thin as you can without portions of it drying out as you paint. Then, quickly but carefully lay your photo face down on the gel-coated pallet.
- Clean and dry your hands, and use a bone folder to gently press the photo flat onto the pallet, pushing out as many air bubbles as possible. (If any air bubbles remain, those portions of picture will not transfer.)
- Wait at least 24 hours for the gel medium to dry thoroughly. Then, use a sopping wet washcloth to wet the back of the photo paper, and gently and slowly rub away the paper backing from the photopigment with your fingertips and/or wet washcloth
- After you rub away as much of the paper as possible, wait another 24 hours for your pallet and photo to dry completely.
Now the main difficulty will be to find the right image or wallpaper pattern you want to transfer! I suggest you check out this page for printable patterns. And if you missed something here is a video on the basics of this process: