Last week guest author Olli Randall shared a printing technique where you apply acrylic gel to wood, then apply a laser printed picture to it, and you can get some surprisingly pleasant results.  On the heels of that post, I was inspired to try it myself.  I learned a few more pitfalls and challenges to overcome, and the camera was rolling!  Check it out below!

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9 thoughts on “Printing Photos on Wood, The Video

  1. You will get better results if you use “Acrylic Gel Medium”. Gesso, which you used, is more of a primer. After the laser copy has dried to the wood take a spray bottle with water and spritz the back of the laser copy and gently rub the paper away. You can keep spritzing to make it easier to rub off. When it dries you can see the areas that you missed and spray it again. Takes a lot of practice and any part of the photo that does peel away can just add to the “art” look.

    1. Another excellent nugget about using the acrylic gel medium, instead of Gesso, thanks for sharing your experience. As to the spritzer, you are spot on correct – I ended up using a spritzer bottle and it made things go a lot easier…

      I am guessing the primer is part of the reason why I didn’t see much of the wood grain on my first efforts here, correct?

      1. The gel dries clear so you will be able to see the grain. Light colored wood works best. You can also use the gel medium on tiles and also fabric or metal.

        1. Thanks again for sharing your experiences Linda – much appreciated! 🙂

  2. You can also use inkjet printers. Print on inkjet transparency film, it has to be for inkjet printers or the ink will bead up and run off.

    You apply the gel and put the image down. Do not rub it too much or it will smear. You just peel the film up when the gel has gone clear. No rubbing, no blisters.

    1. Very interesting – I was going only off the info from the guest author, so this may definitely be worth trying. What’s a “good” price for inkjet transparency film? I like the idea of peeling up the film and not dealing with all the rubbing to get the paper off. Although, I never got any blisters! 🙂

      1. Walmart has a 50 pack for $24. Office supply stores are a little higher. Get the cheapest for the best ink transfer.

      2. Can’t find the video link I used when showing my camera club some DIY gear and crafts, but did find this one. It shows how to make your own transfer paper. Looks really nice, better than the inkest transparency film.

        1. Excellent follow-up, thanks Michael!

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