When I saw how to transpose a photo to wood I was hooked…no more just framing photos for me!

The possibilities took off from there…like transposing photos onto glass!

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Supplies needed for both wood and glass:

Photo to Transpose, Wood or Glass Surface, Gel Medium, Water, Mod Podge

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I saved the below leaded glass kitchen cabinet door from a kitchen remodel in an old house we used to own. I knew one day I would do something cool with it and I think the time has come.

Since I love to do photography, my first idea was to just put photos in the squares, until I learned about this transposing photos business!

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I was staring at the leaded glass door and it came to me…can I do that to glass too? And as you can see by my first photo…you can!

And here is how to do it yourself!

1) Get surface!

This particular post is for wood or glass surfaces. But check out this link for other surfaces:  Image Transfer Methods

2) Pick Photos / Images!

This was not an easy task for me, but I managed to get down the pile to 16 for the 12 spots!

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3)  Size the photos!

My not so square sections in the leaded glass cabinet door were not typical, so I was forced to finally use Photo Shop to size and print them out. I have been wanting to learn the program my husband so lovingly gave to me a year ago, so although I went through a frustrating period, I am glad I learned how to do at least one thing on it!

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4)  Print the photos!  

The images need to be on regular printer/copier paper. The tutorial I saw did not tell me, so i tried it with a real photo first ending in a non-craft craft. Either coping the photos or laser printing them out will do. Although I have done the above photo with an ink jet, so that works too. For my final product I will either copy or laser print them out as I hear the color is more brilliant after the transposing is done.

5)  Spread Gel Medium evenly onto surface!

Lay image face down onto surface making sure there are no bubbles.  Let dry over night.

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6) Wet the surface!

When surface is completely dry, wet the surface with water. Better to use a paper towel or just your fingers to do so…I do not recommend the mess you may make by pouring as it looks like in the below photo!

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7) Remove the paper!

Once fully wet, start to rub the paper with your finger tips. I would do so gingerly as you may rub the image off as well. With that said, it is a bit harder with. I use rubber tipped gloves as your fingertips can get sore if the surface is large! Also, with wood the transposed photo is on the front of your wood and you need to remove all the paper for it to look its best. With glass, the transposed side will most likely be on the back, so I did not take all of the paper off in areas I wanted it to be darker.

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8)  Finish the surface!

To seal or put a finished look on the surface, spread Mod Podge over the surface where the image was transfered and let dry.



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Have fun and let me know how your projects go, and if you have any other suggestions/recommendations as well, please let me know!

Travel adventure stories to come…where are The HenderBalz going now?


~ by My Gnome Little World on February 2, 2012.

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  3. Thank you so much for this post! I can’t wait to try it. Another blog I read said this process would not work with color inkjet printed pictures. Obviously it seems you were able to successfully use a color picture. Any tips or tricks to that?

    • Just do not rub too hard when you are taking the “paper” off…as sometimes the color of the photo will come off too!

      Good luck!

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