Hi Jillibean Soup fans! Nicole here today to share a fun and easy DIY photo transfer home décor or gift idea with you using one of the Jillibean Soup Mix the Mix the Media wood planks.
Let’s get started, for this project all you really need is one of the great Jillibean Soup wood planks, some Happy Hues paint, a foam brush, some sand paper, Gel Medium and a photo.
The most important part of this project is your photo. You can use any photo you want for this project- black and white or color – it’s up to you, however…. You need to have a photocopy of your photo in order for the magic to happen! Ink jet photos won’t work properly the photo must be photocopied in order to work. Also, your photo will be reversed on your final project, so if placement is important, then print your image in “mirror-image” mode before you photocopy it.
Trim your photo down to the size of the wood plank you are using. I used the 6x6 wood plank (unfinished) for my project.
I simply lay the photocopied photo over top of the wood plank and creased the edges and trimmed the excess with my scissors until it fit the way I wanted. You will see that I ended up choosing another close up photo as it looked nicer on the front of the smaller wood plank. It is all your personal preference!
Now that your photo is trimmed – I recommend that you lightly sand your wood plank surface, just enough to get rid of any lumpy areas so your photo doesn’t distort in the process.
I painted the edges of the wood plank with some Bubbly Brown Happy Hues paint to have a finished edge later on.
Grab your Gel Medium bottle – it’s like a thick glue that makes the magic happen!
You will need to coat the FRONT of your photo. Don’t be shy with the gel medium, more is better in this case. Ensure you have a nice thick coating on the front of the photo.
Now, flip that photo over onto the front of your wood plank surface and allow it to dry completely. I tried to rush this with a heat gun, and let’s just say, I don’t recommend it. Be patient, and let this dry on its’ own…overnight is best!
Now, once it’s all dry – you are ready to go! Use a spray bottle and lightly mist the paper until it is quite saturated with water.
You will need that paper wet to remove the white paper layer, so don’t be cheap with the water! Once your paper is quite wet, GENTLY rub in a circular motion over your photo. I started with the faces in my photo and then went on from there.
Keep rubbing until all the white paper is removed. Re-mist with water if necessary as you go.
When you get to a point that the white film is removed, let the project dry for at least 30 mins. If you see a white film appear again, you will need to continue to mist with water and rub it away. Patience my friends, it is all worth it in the end!
Once you are happy with your result, you can lightly sand the edge of the project to remove any loose bits of your photo, if desired. It does add a nice rustic touch to the project, so I recommend it!
You can leave your project the way it is, or even add a thin coat of Modge Podge to the top of your photo to protect it!
Take this project a step further and add a vinyl die-cut word, and even a few Jillibean Soup felt flowers too!
I promise with a little patience, you will create one great project!
Photo Transfer on Wood Planks project by Nicole Nowosad
Laser Photo Copy of photo