After my post last week on transferring a photo onto wood, I was inspired to try more ideas. This is what I ended up with.
I think she's pretty cute, and here is how I made her. You will need:
An image to transfer
Scrap of wood
Acrylic gel medium
Craft paint and stain (optional)
The first thing I needed to do was decide what I wanted to transfer onto the wood. I have some grandiose ideas in my head, but I thought I should start out with something simple. ;) I wanted to make a garden sign, so I decided I would just print "Garden". How original. Anyhow...I knew that I needed to print the image in reverse, and I thought there would just be a "mirror image" button or something. There wasn't. I started Googling how to print a reverse image and got a wide variety of answers. Some said it couldn't be done from my computer. Some said just click the button (which I do not have "the button"). Most said to purchase a reverse font. None of those suggestions were working for me. So, I called my resident tech guy and he walked me through a few simple steps (it looks like a lot of steps, but it took about one minute!) and I was able to print my image in reverse.
How to flip text on a mac
1 Open your text editor of choice.(Word, Text Edit, Pages….)
2 Pick the font and size of text you want (I chose "cracked" at about 200pt)
3 Type your message
4 Save/Print the document as a PDF
5 Open the PDF in Preview
6 Choose File-->Save As(Export) and select JPEG as the file format
7 Close Preview
8 Right Click the JPEG you saved
9 Select Open With-->Preview
10 Select Tool-->Flip Horizontal
11 Print the JPEG on your laser printer
There is my reverse image. When I hold it up to the light, you can read it! (Simple and obvious, I know, but I am easily amused!!!)
I learned from before that the white border around the image will transfer with the image. I wanted a softer, more natural look for the sign, so I tore the image from the page as opposed to using scissors and ending up with rigid lines for the border.
I carefully applied my medium. Remember Goldilocks...
And placed my image, smoothing out as many bubbles as possible.
Then I let it dry over night.
The next morning, I wet the paper with a rag and rubbed off the excess with my fingers. Once it was dry, I was ready to add some color.
First, I brushed on a bit of red, then immediately took a damp cloth and rubbed it in and off.
Once that was dry, I brushed a bit of the teal color on, and just blotted it with the rag.
Once THAT was dry, I sanded the whole thing, and then applied some stain over the whole project. I had some small chainlink on hand, so I cut a section of the chain and simply screwed it to the back of the board.
Then she was ready for the garden!
It's not the greatest thing I have ever created, but I am learning something new! And, this project cost me $0. That is, ZERO DOLLARS. Nothing. I love to create new things. I get positively giddy when I am able to create said things without spending any money! And, don't forget about my "grandiose" ideas. These projects are practice for something bigger! ;)
Enjoy the Son today, my friends!