you will need;
squares of plywood (you can get these cut at the store if you don’t have a saw)
matte acrylic medium
a laser printout of your image
a sponge applicator
wall fixings and screws
- Begin by selecting the images you want to print. Areas of white and very pale areas will show as the plain plywood. Below I will show you some of the different results that you can achieve. If you have text remember that you will need to reverse the image before printing so that the text reads the right way once it is on the plywood. You don’t need photo editing software for this most printers allow you to flip the image.
- Use your sponge applicator to apply a layer of acrylic gel medium onto the wood and onto the image. Place the image down onto the side of the wood that has the gel. Burnish the back of the image to make sure that it is flat and push all the air bubbles out.
- Leave your images overnight to dry. Have a rest, go to bed, drink hot chocolate, not necessarily in that order.
- Once they are fully dry, and that is key, you should wet the paper with a sponge and start to rub the paper away with your finger. This is where the magic has happened as the image remains on the wood, yipee!
- Keep wetting and rubbing until all of the paper has been removed.
- Let your images dry out. It is time to have a brew, eat some toast, mooch on Pinterest, read the archives of Archie & The Rug, you know whatever.
- When they are dry you may see a slight white residue of paper fibres, (see the image below). You have 2 options, you can wet and rub again but you may lose a little of the image which can give a nice effect. The alternative is to take a little olive oil and rub it over your image with your finger. Use a paper towel to rub of any excess oil, you don’t want an oily image.
- Screw your fixings onto the back of the plywood and hang.
|After being rubbed with oil the white fibres are gone!|
The next image is a very graphic image, as it had lots of white in the image when I printed it out there was no ink in those areas so when I removed the backing paper we were left with ply, I really like this look. You get the same effect with white fluffy clouds!