An interesting technique for displaying photography (or any fun image you have) is to transfer it onto another surface using Mod Podge.
Mod Podge actually has its own product for this- “Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium,”
but you can use any regular version (I’m using plain matte finish Mod Podge).
The essence of this project is to leave the ink of a printout on the surface while removing the paper.
The removal of the paper creates a worn look that’s great for a nostalgic or old aesthetic.
You will need:
- Mod Podge
- Laser-printed image
- Sponge or towel
- Check that the surface of your wood is clean and smooth. You may need to sand if it’s uneven.
2. Paint a layer of Mod Podge on the wood surface and press the photo face down onto it.
3. Smooth the image out to ensure there are no air bubbles. You can use a spare card to assist with this (just know it will get dirty with Mod Podge).
4. Let this sit for several hours until completely dry.
5. Use a damp sponge or towel to dab water onto the paper surface. Carefully rub the paper with your fingers to remove the layer. While you can use a sponge or towel to help rub the surface, I have found that by far your fingers will be the most gentle and prevent tearing of the image.
6. Continue rubbing until no white paper is visible. If possible, let the surface dry again to check for any papery areas that may have been less visible when wet.
7. Seal the image with another layer of Mod Podge.