Transfer picture to wood


This project is so rewarding, as you can make the most interesting things, be creative and use this basic method to create beautiful objects.

You will need to use a photocopied image not a printed one.

Recycled items

  • Piece of wood (make sure it is dust and wax free)
  • Images (photocopied)

You will also need

  • Gel Medium matt base (I used the one from Liquitex professional)
  • Brush
  • Wet sponge or cloth
  • Clean cloth
  • Water-based varnish and brush


  1. Apply a generous amount of the gel medium to the front side of the image. You’ll need a thick layer.
  2. Press the image, photo side down, onto the wood panel. Rub firmly to smooth out the image and remove air bubbles. Let it dry completely.
  3. Use a damp cloth or sponge to wet one section of the paper at a time. Begin rubbing gently to remove the paper and expose the transferred image below. This can take a couple of minutes, but be patient and rub carefully. If you rub too hard you can rub the picture from the wood.
  4. Once you are satisfied with the image, rinse it under running water to get rid of all the “fuzzy paper stuff” and wipe with a dry cloth. Allow to dry completely. Seal it with a water-based varnish.


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