Hear are my DIY pallet picture frames and I will show you step by step how to do this at Home on the kitchen bench.
Purchase some Mod Podge photo transfer from your local crafts shop, and also matte Finish photo varnish to protect the image.
FIRST I printed my images from a laser inkjet printer onto normal white A4 paper. Making sure the image is switched to mirror
Then I made my pallet picture frame but you can just use any types of wood.
I then used a foam brush to apply the mod podge onto the face of the image and then pasted it onto the frame, gently rubbing all corners and Center.
Wait 24 hours, apply a wet/damp cloth to paper like a kids tattoo on the arm and once i can see the image appear I gently use my thumb in a rotation technique to peel away the paper to reveal the image.
Taking my time, I have peeled away all the paper. I am left with a layer of white fog like appears which is a pain because it’s sometimes hard to remove without tearing up the image.
Once I give it a few wipes from a cloth I apply the matt finish Varnish. And the finish is what you see. I’m basically glueing the image from the paper and then removing the paper from the back of it.
I then find different ways to give the frame a rustic look with stains, burning, and also giving the edges of the image light sand for that rustic look.
I've tryed this transfer technique several times before, but never using the mod podge. Using standard PVA I get to the point of the "I am left with a layer of white fog like appears which is a pain" But never end up with a finish as clear as this. Do you think there is a product similar to the mod podge that may accomplish this finish more readily available, my local craft store do not stock it.
Could I perhaps use some type of Varnish from a Hardware store?
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@MitchellM Appreciate the questions and it’s a common one.
Firstly you are correct, it’s hard finding mod podge as only certain craft shops stock them, and it’s around $24 to buy so if there is an alternative cheaper option I’m all for it, when I have time I’ll be glad too suss out the PVA option but I have also read to seal the finish you can also use the pva instead of the mod podge varnish. I have just purchased the mod podge off eBay which was a lot easier than wasting time looking in shops.
Also if you are getting a bottle, do make sure you get image transfer to fabric, trust me on this. I’ll post a photo in comments.
with the white fog that is left at the end, This also happens to me with using the mod podge. This is where the practice comes in, I let it all dry, then wipe the damp cloth over the image and lightly keep working your finger around to graze that top layer of paper still on there, repeat this a few times to a point you are ready and then after the last wipe I quickly brush on the finish mod podge matte varnish finish
• now some times it may appear when it’s all set slightly but that’s just the rustic affect you have no control over
Keep an eye out for the October issue of Australia’s Handyman Magazine as I have featured a step by step instructions on just this
here is my resent transfer.
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Does it work out the same with a laser printer with toner or an inkjet with ink?
9 time out of 10 it ends up with lots of pieces missing what am I doing wrong?