Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!
How was everyone’s weekend? The birds are singing, there’s a beautiful breeze going here in sunny Florida.
Today, I wanted to continue the Facebook live conversation. I wanted to talk about the photo transfer project, from beginning to end.
I originally went in to Michaels Friday with the intention of working on a project for my sisters, but you know how Michael likes to inspire me. I saw some coasters and this beautiful pallet wall piece and a project came to mind that I could not leave the store without getting these items. So, my project items list is as follows:
1. Mod Podge Antique Matte
2. Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium
3. Four wooden coasters
4. Pallet wall piece
5. A center focus point, in my case the letter F
6. Pictures printed on the thinnest paper possible
7. Nails, Wood glue, or Staples
8. Sandpaper for smoothing any edges that aren’t smooth
Now, I went to Staples for my pictures, I will be finding somewhere else to do that on my next project. Which, side note, I will be doing another Facebook Live this Sunday, February 25th at 4pm EST where I will show you step by step what this post is wording out. Grab your supplies and we can do them together. Back to my pictures, I had them print out my pictures sized 4”x4” so I was ensured they would cover the blocks.
Then, I came home and furiously got to work. I cut my pictures to the same size as the coasters. I put a generous even layer of Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium on the block itself. Normally, to get a complete and even transfer most crafters will tell you to cover the picture itself, I was intentionally wanting the pictures to not transfer completely. I am going for the antique look. When I set the picture face down on the block, I made sure the picture was centered. I also made sure to rub the air bubbles out of the paper. While I wanted little bits of wood showing through, I did not want to have half of someone’s face missing from the picture.
At this point, you are at the hardest step of all. I would strongly suggest that you have another project ready and waiting for you when you come to this point. It is dangerous for me not to have something waiting in the wind for me to jump to next. You should wait for at least eight, I said EIGHT hours before going near this project. If you are doing more than one transfer it is imperative that you do not stack them to let them dry. Trust me, I had a moment where I did this the first time I did a photo transfer project and boy, was that a mistake.
After waiting this insane amount of time, comes the messy, fun part. Grab a bowl of water and a washcloth. Make sure it’s a washcloth you’re okay with never using again. At the end of this part, you will definitely never be able to wash your face with it again. Wet the washcloth and ring it out really well. Lay the washcloth on top of the paper on the block and press down to evenly wet the paper. Then gently rub the washcloth in a circular motion on the block to rub off the paper and the film the paper will leave behind. This part takes a long time to do, so make sure you don’t have plans that would cause you to rush this part. If you are pressing too hard while rubbing, you will rub off the picture as well, so be cautious on this part.
When you have finished rubbing off all of the paper and film, make sure you leave the project alone for just a couple of minutes to let it dry. I usually wait for about thirty minutes or so to ensure that it is completely dry.
More fun with Mod Podge y’all. Take your amazing Mod Podge, I used the Antique Matte, but you can use whatever Mod Podge you have. Just don’t use the photo transfer one. Apply this, with a brush, evenly on top of the picture that is now transferred to your wood block. A nice thin layer will be all you’ll need for a wonderful finished look.
This next part will drive you insane. I know, it will be hard, but this is a necessary part of this craft. You must wait for at least a few hours for the Mod Podge to completely dry before moving your project. I get it, it is hard, but you will regret moving this project if you aren’t careful. Nothing is worse, than ruining a project after putting so much work into it.
Once it is dry, you can finish this project by nailing, wood gluing, or stapling your blocks to the pallet wall piece. I used finishing nails for the smaller blocks and I nailed my “F” on through the back of the board. I wanted the letter to stand out on it’s own without the nail work being exposed. I felt that wood gluing the letter would be a mistake, as the letter is actually quite heavy. I do not want things falling off of this project.
After you are done with the assembly, you just hang the project for all to see your amazing handiwork. Congratulations you made an incredible piece of art.
I would like to give a suggestion about this project. Use pictures for this project of you. For years, I hated getting my picture taken. I still am not a big fan of looking at my own picture. However, one day, as morbid as this may seem, pictures will be all my son will have of me. I want him to see that I was happy and it was thanks to him for being my son. I know I must sound quite hypocritical saying this because this particular project does not have my picture, however, I made this for my mom. I will be doing the Facebook live project, using pictures with me in them. I promise, I try to always practice what I preach.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post, I know I truly enjoyed writing this post as well as working on this post. I absolutely love this project. If you enjoyed today’s post, feel free to give this a like or just comment down below. Give my Facebook page a follow, KraftaholicMommy and join me on Sunday, February 25th at 4pm EST for a live broadcast of a photo transfer project. Until next time,
Thank you and God Bless!