100 thoughts on “5 Ways to Print on Wood | DIY Image Transfer

  1. If you want a detailed write up you can see it here: http://fixthisbuildthat.com/print-on-wood-5-ways-diy-image-transfer/

    Also, all prints were mirror image from a laser printer and normal multipurpose copy paper. I do not own an inkjet printer anymore so couldn't test those methods.

  2. I use 8 1/2 x 11" Freezer paper, just print your image and transfer by same method as the card. Love the poly one here I'll have to try it.

  3. Good job. Your shop looks very organized. How about doing a photo on a CNC router using software like photoVcarve and some stain?

  4. I like the poly acrylic method best. The cleanup didn't look too bad. I was just wondering if by scrubing it, some of the ink would diminish. I did not like the laser printer method because the ink was not dark enough to my liking. This was a great video.

  5. I tried the Polycrylic method but the ink only half-way transferred and was easy to rub off. Is it possible I didnt use enough Polycrylic? Does anyone have any other suggestions I could do?

  6. Thanks for the video.

    I acquired a color Laserjet recently for this. Tried the polycrylic and I can't seem to get these results. Not sure if the heat/humidity is affecting it, but one test had the paper come off completely, no transfer. Another few sets I would peel and chunks of paint kept to the paper, ruining the project. Another sort of worked, but I had to keep going back to the wet/peel slowly to get so much of the paper residue off.

    What pieces of wood did you use? What grit were they sanded down to? Should it be rough like 80-120, smoother like 220+?

    I also tried the gel medium via Modge Podge. Works, but man is it ever a massive pain to peel material off.

    You ever try transfers with wax papers? Might try this route soon.

  7. Wow! Thanks for sharing! Was just thinking about how to put a photo of my ancestors on a piece of wood! 😁

  8. This video is amazing! I was looking for something totally different (transfer ink on cardboard, not wood) but I stayed and watch your video until the end cos it´s greatly done. Either you´re a natural or a pro. Maybe both. Well done!

  9. Another method to consider if you're doing a thick clear finish is printing on rice paper and embedding it into poly. The rice paper becomes transparent and anything printed on it remains sharp and crisp. Look for other videos for Rice Paper Under Fiberglass, which is commonly used on skateboards and surfboards. You don't need to use fiberglass and resin, the same method works under poly but requires extra coats to make the finish thicker than the rice paper.

  10. I tried the polycrylic technique 8 times, and every time it failed. When I took the paper off with a toothbrush the ink came off with it. I was applying no pressure and followed your video to the teeth….. any ideas?

  11. Hey there! Question, I see that what you printed isn’t backwards. And I saw u lay it down, face-down. How did it not transfer backwards?

  12. I use Liquitex liquid matte medium (instead of a gel). Whenever you use this transfer method it will always have a bit of a paper haze after the first "scrub". Just dampen a cloth, your fingers (or your toothbrush) and GENTLY rub in circular motions to remove as much of the remaining haze as possible. The areas that need the most attention, I find, are larger black areas. Finishing with a matte, satin or gloss varnish will bring the photo to life.

  13. Acetone is produced in nature and our bodies. Therefore it is not nasty, and is actually considered a Green Solvent.

  14. Acetone looked like the quickest and easiest method. Quality was lesser than the poly and gel med, but my intention is to be able to transfer cutting lines quickly and easily, not make wooden business cards. 😂

    It's a shame the iron was so terrible – would have been a great option if it worked. Have you considered retrying, and jacking up the steam setting on it? I imagine water would transfer some of the ink. That, added with the added heat might play well together. Still not great for the wood itself, but I'd be interested to see the results.

  15. Two other possible ways use photographic technique: potassium ferricyanide "blueprinting", and gum bichromate printing. The emulsions for these methods can be googled and mixed up at home under a red safelight, and are painted on, and the paper print acts as a negative. You expose the contact print to the sun, and wash off in water to develop the image.

  16. Um… Maybe it was the lighting? The laser one showed nothing when on the table.. The poly looked best, then acetone. For pyography acetone will do.

  17. For those, who have no access to Polycrylic, you might consider using acrylate lacquer. It will do the trick. Experimented with lacquer by Tikkuryila. Same outcome.

  18. hey, why the white part of the paper never stays in the wood? only the black part? is it because of the paper or because of the toner?

  19. Tried it with inkjet…… Not even 1mm of ink was transferred
    Borrowed a laserprinter and got some acrillic, better result

  20. I tried the polycrylic technique multiple times and it does not nearly come out as clean as it does here. Its nearly impossible to rub off the paper without rubbing off the ink. My work looks patchy, clearly seeing the remaining paper and the exposed wood.

  21. Hopefully one of these will work for an upcoming model airplane build. The plane is no longer made but ive been able to print a pdf of the plans. The wing ribs are where i need image transfer the most since there so many of them. Thanks!

  22. does the Polycrylic also have to be with a laser printed image? i dont have a laser printer but this is the 2nd instance recently where i've noticed a laser printer is needed for something i wanted to make

  23. anyone here that can tell me which one worked the best with ink printed? I have a ink printer and want to do this for the bookshelf i made to customize the outer design

  24. i would think dampening the wood and or using the steam setting with the clothes iron may do the trick..and fresh printed ink will likely transfer to a cleaner image. and almost any wood/craft glue that drys clear will work like gel medium and works on most fabrics just as well😉

  25. Has anyone tried the polycrylic on painted wood instead of bare wood? Does the poly mess up the paint? I want to have a white background on my wood. Thanks!

  26. I've actually watched this video a few times and I have 2 questions 1 the iron on method seems like the Woodhead ridges in it and the transfer of work better on the high spots and nearly completely missed the low spots so I wonder if it was plained in dead flat if that would work better the other question is with the acrylic how would that affect staining the wood or blending with other parts of the word that needed to be stained

  27. How about polyacrylic, but instead of printing onto paper, print onto OHP transparency plastic? That might solve the problem of the paper coming apart as you try to remove it from the work.

  28. "it might be better if you had a hotter iron or a more isolated heat source" Like a pyrography pen with a transfer tip that's made for that?

  29. Hello Brad, thx for the great video!I tested your method but instead of polycrylic I used wood glue, and the result was very satisfying

  30. I've done quite a bit of toner transfer on copper clad board for making custom PCBs. I've had a hard time getting it to turn out correctly. I would print on magazine paper and iron it on then soak it in cold water. It was just inconsistent. At the time, a 20% fail rate was acceptable, but it's just not acceptable now. I haven't tried on wood, but I imagine it's the same. I'll try the polycrylic method sometime. I hadn't heard of that.

  31. I tried the acetone method a few times, always new prints from a laser and doesn't work. In the video I noticed a few edits so I have to imagine he did something in between. I was so excited to try this… oh well.

  32. PRO TIP: use cheap 20 lbs copy paper to print on. I keep a nice heavy 24 lb. bright white quality paper in my laser printer. I used this for my image without thinking and This made the removal of the paper from the wood much more difficult and time consuming than it needed to be.
    So, just use cheap ordinary 20 lb. paper. Trust me. I refer to the polycrylic method.

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