By now I imagine a lot of your are getting tired of seeing my Friend’s Entrance as this is my third post in the makeover. I started with board and batten, then made my own custom wallpaper stencil and now I am on to decorating the walls. Who knew a tiny space could take some much time?
I learned about using Decoupage for image transfer way back when I was in college as an art major. My illustration professor showed us how to use it for mixed media projects. I think back then Modge Podge was still for puzzles! Of course Modge Podge does the same thing, and I’ve heard about the Citri Solv method but I’ve never tried it. However, I was really pleased with how well the Decoupage worked out!
This project was super cheap. Here’s the supply list.
1. Scrap wood.
2. Decoupage (or Modge Podge, or CitriSolve but you’ll need to find another tutorial on that)
3. Computer and Printer or a photocopier and paper.
4. Sponge brush or paint brush
5. Paint (I used black and white)
I started out with a visit to Graphic’s Fairy for some images and as usual that blog did not disappoint! I downloaded the images, saw many more I wanted to use, and decided I just don’t have enough wall space! I will definitely be going back.
Next I opened Adobe Illustrator, and created a new document that was an inch bigger on all sides than my board was. Actually I didn’t do this on the first one and I wish I had! This way you will be sure that your graphics go edge to edge. You can use whatever image editing program you like if you don’t have Illustrator. I’m a graphic designer so I heart Illustrator. I placed in the images. Each one was different. For my main example I took old writing and put it in the background and then put our last name initial over it in a complimentary font. Once I had it the way I wanted it, I selected everything and mirrored it by flipping it vertically. My board was too long for an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper so I had to use the tiling feature to print it out on multiple pages. I used my laser printer for this because it uses a printing process that uses toner (similar to a copy machine) and I think it transfers better. You can use it with ink jet prints too, but you’ll have issues if you are using colorfast archival inks. Basically if you haven an inkjet printer and you can spill your coffee on your print and it doesn’t smudge or run, it’s probably not going to transfer either. At least that has been my experience. Learned that one the hard way!
I took two of my boards out to the garage and ran two of my boards through my wanna-be router. Which is really my Dremel with a router table attachment. It’s weak on it’s best day, and the bits are not the size of a grown up router, but it at least gave me a little edge detail on the boards I used it on. If you have a real router you can really fancy it up. But if you don’t, never fear. I didn’t use a router on two of the signs and I think they still look good.
After wiping them down, I painted them all white. Since you are going to be getting the boards wet, I recommend painting every inch of your board, even the back. Otherwise, your board will soak up the water and do bad things to the wood. You will have swelling and warping.
|Notice the writing is all backwards.|
Next I took my printouts and trimmed the pages and then taped them together. Make sure you tape on the back of the paper (the blank side)! Otherwise where you have the tape the image won’t transfer.
|tape the back of the pages, not the front.|
After taping, apply Decoupage to both the paper and board.
|Apply Decoupage to Board|
|Apply Decoupage to printed side of paper.|
Then carefully apply the paper to the board, printing side down. You should see white paper, not printing when you are done with this step.
Smooth out any bubbles. I used my pampered chef food scraper, but a credit card works or any flat edge that isn’t sharp. If in the process of smoothing you end up with decoupage oozing out the sides, wipe it off with a wet paper towel.
Now comes the hard part… waiting! It may feel dry after a few hours, but trust me on this… unless you want an aged, peeling look wait overnight. I got impatient on the 10227 one and only left it about 6 hours and it peeled off in places. Which ended up looking cool, so it was a happy accident, but really try hard to resist the temptation to reveal your creation and just wait for it to cure. It’ll be worth it in the end.
Sorry for the pictures being of a different sign apparently I switched what I was doing halfway through. Now after you’ve waited patiently, it’s time for the magic to begin. I actually ran water over the top of the board. I like to use warm water, it seems to help break up the paper better, but not too hot. You don’t want to make the decoupage melty. Yes I said melty. No I don’t think know if it’s a word, but my spellcheck isn’t going off so I’m going with it.
Thoroughly wet the paper. You should be able to see the printing through the paper. Then start gently pulling to get off as much as you can on your own. Then rub gently in circles with your fingers. You really have to be gentle not to peel off the decoupage with the paper. With white paint it’s a little tricky. You may think you’ve got it all, but when it dries, you’ll see more patches of white. Go back if you need to and rewet it. You can do that multiple times.
After you’ve removed all the paper, blot it dry. At this point if you have some parts where the decoupage peeled off, you can take a permanent marker and fill it in.
Then simply brush another layer of decoupage on it to seal it in.
Once that is dry you can either hang it and enjoy, or you can paint a contrasting pain