Hi friends! I hope all of my American friends had a wonderful holiday weekend. We had gorgeous weather and spent a lot of time together as a family – my favorite kind of weekend! I also carved out a little time to finish this image transfer project I’ve been working on.
Here’s the “before” if you remember this box from my treasure hunting post last month:
I found this bicycle image from The Graphics Fairy website (thousands of free images- go check it out!) and sorta followed this tutorial from matsutake to do the image transfer, with a few adjustments. HERE are all the image transfer methods that The Graphics Fairy recommends, based on what kind of project you’re doing.
1. First I printed the image on a test sheet of paper. (Inkjet printer)
2. I laid a sheet of transparency paper over it and applied Elmer’s washable glue over the bicycle image (directly on the transparency) with a small brush. I let it dry.
3. I brushed a coat of Mod Podge over the top of the box where the image would be.
4. I printed the bicycle image (mirrored, because I wanted it facing left) onto the transparency. It printed onto the dried glue.
5. Immediately I flipped the transparency over onto the box and rubbed and pressed like 100 times, and then I let it sit for a long time.
Here’s what I hoped would happen: There would be a crisp, clear image of a bicycle on top of the box.
Here’s what really happened: Some blurring, lots of peeling glue, and a few parts of a crisp bicycle image.
What went wrong? I don’t really know. I didn’t want to wet the box like in matsutake’s method because I was afraid it would ruin the paint job- or the box. Maybe I didn’t let it sit long enough, but the glue was totally dry when I removed the transparency. I’ll keep searching for an image transfer method that will give me the crisp graphics I want. (If you have any tips, let me know in the comments!)
I sanded away the peeling glue and there was still enough of the bicycle to work with, so I waxed the box with both clear and dark wax and made it look more aged. Even though it wasn’t what I originally wanted, I really like it now!
The image looks like it’s been there forever and just faded over time.
And here’s a closeup of the cool vintage scale I bought while thrifting in Indianapolis a couple weeks ago:
Do you have any success stories (or failures) with image transfers?
I’d love to hear about them!
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