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Blog entry by robscastle posted 10-24-2015 07:53 AM 2033 reads 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well what do you know, a puppet told me about this process.

Its a variant on the Mod Podge method of image transfer to wood.

First up recognition of the process must go to TheCrafsMan as it was his Post which lead into this test run, Thank you.

I used a water based product from Estapol called XTRA Clear Gloss interior

I Followed Mr Puppets directions and achieved the following results.

1. First up found an image I wanted to test out from the net.

2. Then using a computer graphic program reversed the images and printed them

3. Cut them out and using my veneer roller pressed them firmly into the prepared surface

4. Let then dry for about 2 hours and then removed the paper

Here are the results,

A close up of Image 1

A close up of Image 2

And a couple more all together

My Grandson is a bit of a Zombie fan so I will make a finished product for him.


The process does work very well and although this is only the second time I have used colour images its prompted me to continue.

Want to know more?
Check out the blog…. Printing on Wood (Transfer Using Acrylic Polyurethane)
10-21-2015 03:07 PM by TheCrafsMan


-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 10-24-2015 08:21 AM

Thanks for the post Robert… maybe another line in the range… lets see some more…

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#2 posted 10-24-2015 10:08 AM

Back in Jun 2013 I did a mono picture of my son and grandson

This is the final result the spray was for a finishing coat

This is the original reversed image ready to stick on the wood. I also tried to use Titebond glue but it was a failure, have a look at the image on the wood below the picture.

This is the picture mounted ready for display

Also a correction:- I did not use mod podge as I could not find any in Aust however a Matisse Product Gel Medium produces the same effect. (as seen in the first image)
At that time I also tried colour but did not get as good a result as with the Wattyl product today.

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 10-24-2015 03:23 PM

Thanks for calling our attention to this great way of transferring graphics Rob. This is absolutely the best method I’ve seen yet and I can’t imagine getting a better result. I did also thank thecrafsman on his original post.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 10-25-2015 01:08 AM

Hey Rob,
Thank you for this, it’s something I’ve been looking to do for a while, just never seemed to get around to it.
Just one question, mate, What type of paper did you use, Photo or just ordinary?????

Great result, I love it.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#5 posted 10-25-2015 01:31 AM

I assume this is laser printed or photocopied. The toner must transfer. Is that right?
I don’t know if ink would work so well.

Thanks for the tip!

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#6 posted 10-25-2015 03:08 AM

Hello again,

Thanks for all the comments and interest in this process, (I hope TheCrafsMan gets to see the results of his work too.)

Post inclusion:-
(I also need to add the founder if this process KnotCurser now that I have checked back and found out who it was.)

So to add some more info as to how I did it.

I sanded a piece of pine I had to 320 grit, then blew all the dust and grit out with compressed air.

I used brush to apply the Estapol Xtra Clear Gloss in three passes one with the grain, one 90 deg to the grain and one 45 deg to the others.

I used a colour laser printer with Reflex Ultra white A4 80 gsm ( which is common garden variety paper from Woolies Coles or the Post Office.

I used MS Powerpoint to reverse the image.

I cut the image out with a trimming knife (box cutter) and steel rule right in the edge of the sign where the rust areas are.

Stuck the images onto the substrate and timber, removing the bubbles with a veneer roller which looks similar to a paint roller but has a hard rubber roller on the end where a paint roller would be.

Left it to dry for about two hours, then with the cloth you see under the can and adding water to disolve the paper and then rubbed it all off.
What is left is the toner from the original image less the white areas, and if you rub too hard the toner will start to remove as well. This is no big deal if you want to get a distressed look on your photo image, but be careful within the image detail.

There was a LJ who originally alerted me to the process back in 2013, so I will go look through my home info and see if I can find who it was, then add the info later but at the moment I am not sure who it was, however it created quite a bit of interest then too. Unfortunately I never posted my results as a project as I didnt think at the time it would have generated any or as now so much interest!!

As the process is now quite relatively easy to do and you are not waiting overnight for substrate to dry (thanks to TheCrafsMan) I will do some more and post them.
I also assume you had a look at the utube video, quite amusing learning something from a puppet!

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 10-25-2015 03:31 AM

OK I found the original Post.
It was from KnotCurser and a two part Blog Called Transfering images to wood.
His method uses the gel medium as opposed to water base Poly.
My original attempts and results are added as a comment to his original blog, and where I eventually found the gel medium

If you search on the subject it should be found, otherwise it was around June 2013, but the time stamp is for his post is in Days for some reason.

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 10-25-2015 11:37 AM

Thnx for sharing another way to transfer images.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#9 posted 10-25-2015 10:11 PM

Hi Robert, further to our conversation last night….here is the black and white reveal…

and now for the colour version…. still working on the technique but the results are rather promising…

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#10 posted 10-26-2015 05:56 PM

Larry! COOL stuff! You’re still doing Great stuff!

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#11 posted 10-26-2015 06:20 PM

Thanks for the tip. It looks like a useful process.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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