Photo Transfer on Wood - Rustic & Antique Style!

2 Materials
2 Days
I've been curious for awhile now how to do a photo transfer on wood. My local MOPS group (mother's of pre-schoolers) does an Antiquities fund-raiser and I just love these pictures. So I wanted to learn myself how to transfer these antique style photos onto a rustic wood "frame." Once I figured out how to do it, I had to share it with you because its SO easy to do - and fun!!
Materials needed for your Photo Transfer on Wood project:

Wooden Plaques 4.5" X 6" X 1/8" - these are the ones I used
Unfinished Wood Plaques - are also a great choice if you are looking for a more polished look/shape
Liquitex Professional Matte Gel Medium, 8-oz
Sand Paper
Drift Wood - I actually got my sticks from a beachfront - but that isn't available to you, you can get some on Amazon.
Hot Glue Gun
A printed image from a laser printer (ink jet will NOT work!)
To start, apply a healthy amount of the gel medium to your piece of wood.  I used a foam brush to make sure it was smoothed out.
You don't want it glopped on too thick, but you want to be able to tell you have a smooth layer of gel medium.  This will attach to the ink in your image and dry, so you want to make sure all spots are well covered where you want your photo to be transferred to.
Take your image that has been printed by a laser printer and trim it if necessary to fit on the wood.  Then with the picture side down, glue onto the wooden plaque.  Be sure to smooth out any wrinkles and air bubbles.  If there are air bubbles, then that part of the picture may not get transferred and you'd end up with a small blank spot.
After this is done, let it sit and dry 12-24 hours.
The next part is my favortie because you get to slowly "reveal" your image.  Get a damp sponge and rub that on your paper.  Made sure you paper gets wet enough and then start rubbing the paper with your fingers until it starts to peel off.

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Suggested materials:
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  • Liqutex Gel Medium   (
Maura White
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
Frequently asked questions
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  • Miz14343762 Miz14343762 on Jun 11, 2017
    do you seal the photos after the transfer? If so, what do you use? Everything I use makes my photo cloudy. Is it even necessary to seal it? Thanks for any help!

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