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How to Transfer on Wood

After posting some projects where I use a transfer on wood or glass, several of you have asked me if I could make a graphic tutorial ... well, here it is!
You're going to need the following:
Sheet of paper
Printer (laser best)
Stick material (ModPodge, glue, paint, latex, varnish ...)
After this, go to it! The first thing is to print the image or text you want backwards. This is an important step in the case of text, believe me ... It doesn't matter if the sheet is new or recycled
Time: 6 Hours Cost: $2-4 Difficulty: Easy
Cut it near the edges
Apply a layer of adhesive material on the printed side of the image. I've tried them all and they all work, though there are some I like more than others. If I have to choose, the best would be ModPodge, followed by white glue lowered with some water, and my least favorite is latex.
Then paste it into the object to decorate and press so that there are no air bubbles.
I use a plastic bag to protect the sheet while I press as it is wet and, therefore, delicate.
Let dry for at least 5-6 h. Don't be impatient, I know it's so hard to wait... This is why I usually do it at night because I have no temptation. Once it is dry, moisten a cloth and apply it to paper so that it will get wet. When it's wet you will see the drawing at the background showing through.
Start to rub with your finger to remove the pulp of the paper. At this point I recommend doing it roughly, do not try to get the image sharp at once.
When you see the whole image, it's time to do something else while the paper dries again. A few minutes is enough.
Back to work again, and now you can remove all remaining cellulose. Don't ask me why, I'm sure it has some explanation, but those minutes between rubbing help the image to fix really well.
As you can see it is clear, and you do not need to spend money buying special products. You can protect it with varnish or wax, which you like most.
If you are interested in more tutorials, you can check my blog:

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  • Charlotte
    Charlotte Opelika, AL
    on Nov 2, 2015

    Thanks so much for this great tutorial!

    • Sweet Things - Pili
      Sweet Things - Pili Spring Hill, FL
      on Nov 2, 2015

      @Charlotte you're very welcome!! I have another tutorial on how to transfer on fabric, you can find it on my blog as well :)

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Nov 2, 2015

    Very nice!

  • Helen
    Helen South Africa
    on Nov 23, 2015

    Thank you that's just what I was looking for ;)

  • Aly
    on Sep 28, 2016

    I can't seem to find the full post on your blog, just one about using regular laser paper

    • Aly
      on Oct 6, 2016

      Ignore that comment. For some reason when I went through a slideshow that included this, the middle changed and showed different articles but the links and comments were for the first item in the slideshow (this post) still! I didn't realize at the time, my bad

  • Veralucia Santos
    Veralucia Santos
    on Sep 28, 2016


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