I've been wanting to try Mod Podge for transferring graphics I make on the computer onto painted wood. After watching several tutorials, I was ready! Right?
I painted a cutting board with black first, then white, acrylic paint. Then I printed out what I put together on PrintMaster, remembering to use a mirror image.
I measured and centered the paper and used tiny pencil marks for easier placement, then painted an even layer of Mod Podge inside that area.
Finally placed my print out on the board, making sure any air bubbles were smoothed out. Waited a day, then used a damp rag to wet the paper to remove it.
Lack of planning reared it's ugly head here: acrylic paint is easily removed with water. I stopped before I removed EVERYTHING! I have some ideas on how to save this project, but a good reminder to always plan things out!
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I found a wood tray at a thrift shop. Cleaned it, then painted about 3 layers of antique white acrylic paint. Distressed it lightly with a palm sander.
I use Print Master for all my signs, that way I have a huge variety of fonts and sizes. I found sheet music, saved it as a photo, then sized it to the tray. I used the mirror image feature and printed it on my ink jet printer.
You have to piece together and tape the sheets of paper and then center it on the wood, which I think is the hardest part. I've ended up with a couple crooked pieces before! Tape it to the wood.
I use a chip paint brush, a little cup of water, paper towels, and a smooth ended cigar tube for the most important part.
Little sections at a time, remembering that this was printed backwards and the ink side is down. Take your time.
Dip just the end of the brush in water, pat it on the paper towel, and paint the water on a little section. I use the cigar tube and rub it over each letter and line until the ink bleeds. Don't worry, it's not going everywhere. After I finish a big section, after I peek to make sure it took, I peel up only the wet paper so the ink doesn't bleed.
We've all seen tutorials on how to make a piece of wood look like old barnwood, using tea, vinegar, wood stain. We've done it before and WHAT A MESS! Here's a simpler way:
Get acrylic craft paint, matte finish. (You can find a huge variety of colors at Walmart for 50 cents a bottle.) I use black, white, and burnt umber.
Tear up an old T-Shirt into hand-sized pieces. I dampen the rag first, then put a small amount of paint on the rag. Use a swiping motion with the rag on the board, following the grain of whatever wood you're using. Be messy, don't worry about being perfect! (This was the hardest thing for me to do!)
I always use black first, then white, then burnt umber. There's very little drying time between layers. If I have lines that are too distinct, I rub over them with a damp corner of the rag.
Experiment! You can't fail with this one! You'll find such a variety of shading when you play around with the different layers.
At spots where you've fit the paper together there's an overlay. I lift that up carefully and dab just a little bit with the paint brush, then rub it with the tube. If you want darker letters, consider this a stencil and paint them whatever color you want. A lighter color might allow the black underneath to show through, though...I haven't tried it. Also haven't tried different colors of ink. Of course, if you have a laser printer and Mod Podge, it's a completely different technique.
I want to protect this, so I'll put some light coats of craft sealant on it. I only use aerosol spray, flat.