DIY Wood Photo Transfers

DIY Photo Transfer

Photo transfers are a fun way to display your pictures on different surfaces.  Today I have another DIY tutorial to share  that I created for WedLoft.  This is a pretty easy way do DIY photo transfers on wood.  You can do it with any pictures – some of my favorites I’ve done are with Instagram photos.

Here’s what you’ll need…

  • Laser Printed Photo on computer paper (NOT photo paper)
  • Wood
  • Gel Medium or Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Water in a spray bottle

What you do is cover your wood surface with a smooth layer of your gel medium or mod podge.  Then, place your laser printed photo face-down on the surface.  Press firmly and smooth out any bubbles and let it dry completely.  When the surface is dry, spray small areas at a time with water and gently rub off the top layer of paper.  If you rub too hard, the image may start to come off as well.  So work carefully on small areas at a time.  Add more water as you need it.  Continue until all of the paper is removed from the surface and, again, let it dry completely.  To finish your transfer, paint another layer of gel medium or mod podge over the entire surface to seal it.

You can use unfinished wood so you can see some of the grain and color of the wood through the photo or paint the wood white to so the colors will stay true to the original photo.  Either way, I’ve learned that this method gives images a softer look that is not as crisp as the original image.  Just something to keep in mind.

It’s fun to play around with… some pictures I’ve purposely rubbed off some of the image to give the photo an older look.  Have fun with it!

DIY Wood Photo Transfer

For full step-by-step instructions and more photos of the process, jump over to the full post on WedLoft.

Cool Color: Bouncy Balls

San Francisco Bouncy Balls
{Photo Source: Peter Funch}

Because it’s Friday and I’m in a wonderful mood… I need to share this video – well it’s actually a commercial. Do you remember this Sony BRAVIA commercial from a few years back? I was obsessed when it came out and I just crossed it’s path again the other day so I thought I’d post it for you too.

I can’t even tell you how incredibly happy these San Francisco streets filled with hundreds of thousands of bouncy balls make me. Such a lovely and dreamy way to celebrate the beauty of color. So cool!

Happy Friday everyone.  Have a magical weekend!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween Everyone!!

Since it’s Halloween, and spiders are kind of Halloweeny, I thought I’d share this silly spider illustration by Gemma Correll.

Made It With My Bum

I love popping over to Gemma Correll‘s blog on a regular basis.  She creates all kinds of silly and quirky illustrations that are fun to look at… and often give me a little chuckle.  This one below is spot on!  Although it does not just apply to pugs… Little M does the exact same thing anytime I’m on the floor for an occasional stretch or lazy yoga sesh.

Gemma Correll

Anyway… hope you all have a great day! :)

Motif #1 Baby Quilt

I just finished up a baby quilt I’ve had in the works for the past couple of months!  Mr B and I have a new little nephew arriving soon so, of course, we were both excited to design a little quilt for him.  Since this little fella will be residing down in the south in the warmth and sunshine, it was important to us to give him a little piece of his home up north.

Mr B decided there would be no better subject for the quilt than Motif #1.  And so we buckled down and made it happen!

Motif #1 Quilt

A lot of work went into the quilt.  It’s an original design, sewn and quilted by hand.  Here’s how it all came together (sorry for some of the fuzzy phone pics) …

First, I sketched out the basic shapes and design on craft paper and cut it into pieces for the pattern.

Motif #1 Quilt

Then, I chose colors, fit them to the pattern and pieced the background together.

Motif #1 Quilt

Once I had the background together, Mr B and Little M decided to test it out to make sure it was cozy enough for a little baby…

Motif #1 Quilt

Next up were the details on the quilt – they were designed, cut, pinned and appliquéd onto the background.

Motif #1 Quilt

Then it was time to choose the border.  Mr B and I took a trip to the fabric store and chose a navy chevron for the border.

Motif #1 Quilt

Once the whole top was put together, it was time to pin all layers together and quilt!

Motif #1 Quilt

Motif #1 Quilt

Motif #1 Quilt

Motif #1 Quilt

And voilà!!

Motif #1 Quilt

Have a Really Good Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone!  I just wanted to share some happy thoughts and new  desktop downloads from Design Love Fest.  It’s always refreshing to change up the old desktop wallpaper every now and then.  I love having positive thoughts or a playful design hanging in the background of my screen.  Hop over to this post to see the new desktop designs Bri introduced this week.  You can download the one below plus a few others right here.

Things are about to get really good.

Think positive and have a really good weekend!

Cheers!
M