• Without spending an hour, you can make a family portrait on a wooden base

    Why did the old technique of decorating decoupage, which arose many centuries ago and which Queen of France Marie Antoinette, Lord Byron and Picasso were so fond of, was again at the peak of popularity? Moreover, today it is represented in an almost unlimited variety of forms and methods of application.

    Perhaps the answer to this question is in the appearance of new materials. Thanks to a special gel and paper, the process of transferring drawings and photographs to fabric, glass and wood has become very simple and fascinating. And what is important, quite fast. Without spending an hour, you can make a wonderful family portrait on a wooden base, or a beautiful, original casket - this list could be endless. It all depends on your imagination!

    In this article we will talk about two ways to create portraits on the tree.Which one is preferable depends on the materials that you have at hand.

    Method 1.

    You will need:

    • Wooden plank
    • A copy of your favorite photo printed on a laser printer. Attention! This method is suitable only for printers with dry pigment (paint), and on plain paper. Photo paper will not work.
    • Acrylic gel medium for transferring photos to a tree. It is made by many companies, for example, Mod Podge, Raphael, etc.
    • Wax or varnish for decoupage, for example, the brand "Mod Podge"
    • Foam brush
    • Scissors
    • Small Towel
    • Mixing cup
    • Plastic card

    Step 1:Print your photo on a laser printer.

    Step 2:Draw the edges of the image so that it fits on a wooden base.

    Step 3:Cover the entire front side of the photo with a layer of gel

    Step 4:Apply a layer of gel on a wooden board and place the photo face down on it. Use a plastic card to cover the entire surface of the paper, getting rid of air bubbles between the board and the paper. Make sure that the edges of the paper are well stuck, otherwise the image will not be imprinted on the tree.

    Step 5:Wipe out any protruding gel strokes from the plank, cover with a dry towel and leave to dry for at least 4 hours.

    Step 6:After 4 hours (or a little later), when the gel is completely dry, moisten a towel with water and cover the photo for about 5 minutes.

    Step 7:Now the most interesting part of the project begins. Standing over the sink, moisten your fingers with water and gently, creating paper "pellets", in a circular motion, wipe the damp paper, showing an image. The photo transfer gel remained on the wooden surface and saved the photo. In order not to damage the photo layer, take your time, get rid of the damp white paper neatly, from time to time reapplying the work. Do this until the white layer completely disappears.

    Step 7:Let the work dry for about 1 hour. Look at the almost finished project, if you wish, give a slight unevenness to the edges of the image with a plastic card. You can fill in the missing points in the photo with sharp colored markers.

    Step 8:Now it is time to cover the work with varnish (or wax) for decoupage. Squeeze a little of the product into a bowl and use a foam brush to give the photo a finished glossy or matte look (at your discretion).Varnish should be applied not only in the photo, but also on the edges of the wooden plank. Allow to dry for 15 minutes, then apply 2 more layers.

    Such work can be proudly hung on the wall, or mounted on a shelf. She will not go unnoticed! In addition, this is a great idea for a gift to loved ones.

    Method 2


    • Paper for applying a temporary tattoo from the company Silhouette (Tattoo Paper), or special paper for transferring photos (decoupage)
    • Printer
    • Scissors
    • A plastic card
    • Wooden plank
    • Wet towel
    • Varnish (wax) for decoupage, for example, Mod Podge
    • Foam brush
    • File with your favorite photo

    Step 1. Open the bag of paper.

    Each packet contains 2 white sheets of paper and 2 green sheets. Print on the glossy side of white paper. Green sheets serve as a substrate for a transparent protective film, which is later glued to the finished photo.

    Step 2.Measuring a wooden plate, set the mode for printing photos on a printer and print on the glossy side of white paper a photo of the desired size.

    Step 3.A few minutes waiting for the complete drying of the paper after printing.

    Now you can stick a transparent film on top of the printed photo, after removing the green paper backing.There is no need to hurry: the transparent layer should lie neatly and evenly on the photo.

    Perhaps this is the most difficult part of the work. Because peeling off the sheet and repeat the work will not work.

    Step 4.We take a plastic card and hold it over the entire surface of the photo, getting rid of bubbles. Make sure that the transparent sheet is glued to the photo well, without a single pass.

    Step 5.Now you can crop the photo in proportion to the tablet. If 2 photos were printed on one sheet at once, you first need to separate them.

    On the back side of the tattoo paper, we draw a border around the pencil for the finished photo and cut it along the lines drawn.

    Step 6.Now you need to remove the transparent film from the photo. Before us is a photograph covered with a sticky layer and ready for application on a wooden plank, face down.

    Put a damp cloth on the wooden plank with the pasted photo for 10 seconds, or until the image develops through the white paper, as shown below.

    If there are dry and opaque white spots, hold the wet towel a little more until the image shows up completely.

    Step 7, the most exciting.Carefully remove the white layer of paper and admire the beautiful photo on an unusual wooden base! If on the sides formed dry, poorly adhered areas, walk on them gently with a wet cloth.

    Step 8.Cover the work with a thin layer of protective varnish for decoupage, let it dry. The finished photo can be hung on the wall, or donated to relatives or friends.

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