You can transfer printed images and text onto wood with this tutorial. Think of it as a giant, customizable rub-on!
- Rubber gloves
- Images printed on LASER PRINTER
- Spoon or knife
- Untreated, unpainted wood
- Clear weather-proof sealant (such as Krylon)
You’re going to need to buy acetone for this project. You can find it by the paint thinner in the hardware department of any mass merchandiser. I know you’re wondering whether you can just use the nail polish remover you have in your cupboard. It does work to some extent, but the image will be much darker if you use pure acetone.
You need to print your images on a LASER PRINTER. This is very important. Your regular color inkjet printer will not work, the ink will simply run. If you don’t have a laser printer at home, chances are your local library or school has one. If you’re using text, be sure to print it backwards. You can do this by clicking on printer settings and selecting “mirror image” or “reverse image.”
(I have also tried this project with copied images using a Xerox machine. It kind of worked, but the image was not sharp and it did not rub off consistently. You should really use a laser printer for best results.)
Cut out your images, and lay them face down on untreated, unpainted wood. Wear a pair of rubber gloves because this chemical is harsh on skin, and it will ruin your manicure.
Pour the acetone directly on top of the paper. Let the paper absorb the acetone, then use the blunt end of a knife or a spoon to rub directly over the image. Treat this like you would a scrapbooking rub-on, make sure you are rubbing firmly over the entire image. Work in small areas at a time, rather than scribbling over the whole picture at once. This will help ensure that you’re not missing any areas.
If you’re looking for great free clipart, I recommend checking the graphics fairy. All the images on that site are available for personal use, or for use in projects that you sell.
Check to see that your image is transferring properly. You can touch up areas with some more rubbing.
Wait a few minutes for the wood to dry, then coat it with a layer of clear protective sealant. Let the first coat dry and add a second coat.