InkJet Image Transfer To Wood

Getting an image from your phone or computer and transferring it onto a wooden surface can open the door to all sorts of exciting projects!

A quick google search will yield plenty of differing  methods of transferring an image to wood. So, we tried a fair few out and came up with what we think is the easiest, fastest and all round best way to go about it:


You Will Need:

  • Wooden Block / Board – Goes without saying really!
  • InkJet Printer - A Laser printer won't cut it here unfortunately.
  • OHP Transparency Sheets – We had some lying around, but you can grab them here -
  • PVA Glue – Might as well stock up, this stuff comes in super handy -
  • Sandpaper (optional) – High grit (120 - 200) helps with tidying everything up.
  • Clear Lacquer or Varnish (optional) – You can use this to protect your work once finished if needed.


How it’s Done:

1. Coat the OHP Transparency with a thin layer of PVA Glue.

If your OHP sheet has a rough and a smooth / glossy side you need to coat the smooth / glossy side for this to work.
The thinner the layer, the better, but you want to make sure it is fully coated with no gaps.
Leave this to dry until the white PVA turns transparent, ideally overnight.

2. Print on to the COATED side of the Transparency with your InkJet printer.

You will need to print your image in reverse onto the side you just coated with PVA.
Check your image software or printer settings for 'Mirror Image' or 'Flip Horizontal' to achieve this.
Leave to dry for at least 1 hour.

3. Apply a thin film of PVA glue to your wooden Board.

Again, as thin as possible but making sure it's completely covered.

4. Place the Transparency 'Printed Side Down' onto your board.

Your image will now look the 'right way round' and will give you an idea of the finished product.
Smooth out all of the air bubbles and make sure all of the image is pressed firmly into the board.
Leave to dry completely. Again, overnight is ideal.
You'll know when it's ready as the PVA will be transparent once again.

5. Peel off the Transparency to reveal the image it leaves behind! 

The Transparency should come away easily, if not give it a little more drying time.
Clean up with a light sanding all over if required. Don't worry if a few bits flake away, this is all part of the rustic charm.
If you want to protect your work further, a clear coat of spray Lacquer or varnish will do the job.

Here’s The Video:

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