One of my favorite crafting techniques is transferring images to wood. I love the unique look created! There are several mediums you can use to transfer photos, and today I’m going to show you how to use Gel Medium to turn a favorite photo into a piece of custom wall art.

This post first appeared at Blitsy, where I was on the design team.


  • Color Photocopy of a Photo
  • Liquitex Gel Medium
  • Beyond The Page MDF Mini Single Shadow Frame-6.5″X6.5″X.5″
  • Tim Holtz Embellishments
  • Assorted Miniatures
  • Mod Podge

Step one: Trim the photocopy to fit the wood panel. Cover the surface with the gel medium and press the image onto the wood panel. Smooth out any bumps and let it dry for 24 hours.

Step two: Use a damp washcloth to wet one section of the paper at a time. Gently rub the paper away with the washcloth to expose the image underneath. Continue until the entire transferred image is visible. Once you’re happy with the final image, seal it with Mod Podge.

Step three: Paint the front of the frame and glue it on. Embellish it as desired with various elements. I added some whimsy by combining the Tim Holtz lock and tag with some flowers and cute miniatures.

I love the way this photo looks hanging near my desk.  You could use any embellishments and miniatures you like to create your own custom photo art.  If you want to learn more about other photo transfer mediums, I have a tutorial using Mod Podge and a more detailed tutorial using gel medium.   Have fun crafting and creating!



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