When I wrote my review of Poooliprint Thermal Printer, I mentioned that I had wanted to create an image transfer on wood, paper, canvas, you name it. I’m excited! I wanted to buy a laser printer at one point but if I do the craft and discover I didn’t enjoy it, then I have a massive laser printer sitting around. It can also get expensive with additional toners etc.
Either way, I was excited to receive my pocket thermal printer for this very reason. All about the image transfer techniques.
How To Create An Image Transfer On Wood, Canvas or ANY Material
To Make An Image Transfer on Wood or Canvas You will need:
- Poooliprint Thermal Printer is what I used but you can use a photocopy or something printed by a laser printer. Use coupon HHMUK to save 15%
- Mixed media paper, canvas, or wood to use as background
- Matte Gel Medium (get lightweight unless you want added texture) this stuff is best value if you craft a lot and will use a lot.
- Foam brush or wide brush
- Brayer or old gift card
- Spray bottle of water
- Hairdryer (optional – I left mine to dry naturally for a couple of hours)
How To Make An Image Transfer On Wood Or Paper:
Whether you use a photocopy or an image printed using your Poooliprint Pocket Printer, you cover the image in a film og matte medium and then turn it face down onto a clean surface.
Gather your materials
It is like you are hiding the image by gluing it face down. Use the back of paint brush or a brayer to smooth the image down and allow to dry.
Total Time (Using Hair Dryer) 30 minutes
Open the Poooliprint App To Find Your Image
Using the Poooliprint app, I did a Google search for a swallow and immediately found the image I needed for my art journal layout. I rearranged the little bird and kind of try to angle it so that I would get the biggest bird I possibly could on that kind of space.
Add The Matte Medium
I printed out the bird and added the film of matte medium which I then placed wet side down, used the back of the palette to rub gently and evenly to ensure the image is in contact with the matte medium. Then, I left it to dry for a few hours.
Removing The Layers Of Paper
Use your spray bottle to add a little water and gently rub away the back layers of the thermal printer paper. You have to be very careful whenever you are just rubbing gently rubbing. Careful, careful. You really need to be careful because I did. In fact, you can see right there on the tail.
Work slowly and gently, but if some of the transfer rubs off, you can either rub it all off and start again or accept it and embrace the shabby chic style!
Finally, You Know How To Do An Image Transfer On Wood, Canvas or any kind of material
My next experiments are going to involve either a canvas apron or some sort of drop cloth for more mixed media fun.
As mentioned in the video, the reason I wanted the printer was for image transfer techniques but I might end up using my paper rolls up as I am using it all the time for my regular journaling.
Every day I’m able to print out quotes, affirmations or even photos to decorate your layouts.
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