DIY: Wooden Switch Artwork | Centsational Type

At this time’s undertaking is one other approach of displaying artwork round your own home, this time it’s a picture switch onto wooden! I’ve been wanting to do that undertaking for a very long time and eventually bought round to making an attempt it out and I used to be delighted and shocked how properly it labored.

This methodology is a good different to framed prints or artwork on canvas. I selected trip photographs which is a superb choice as a result of this can be a approach to show your favourite reminiscences out of your earlier journeys, these additionally make nice items for buddies or household to commemorate your enjoyable instances collectively. You possibly can additionally do that identical undertaking with portraits of individuals or pets.


I used three digital downloads from my artwork store, the surf & SUP set and my kauai palm print. You should use any digital picture for this undertaking within the 11×14” dimension (or 8×10” when you use smaller wooden panels).



To recreate this undertaking, right here’s what you’ll want: unfinished 11×14” wood art panels; reversed photographs printed with laser printer (see particulars beneath); acrylic gel medium; smoothing software (present or bank card works); small paintbrush; washcloth.

First, horizontal reverse your 11×14″ digital .jpg picture, you are able to do this with any variety of photograph companies, Canva, Photoshop, even your individual telephone. Do that since you need your picture to look on the wooden in its unique structure.

Subsequent, add your 11×14″ reversed digital picture to a printing service. You’ll need to use a laser printed picture so I used a neighborhood service to have entry to the ledger dimension and heavier weight paper. I used the net add printing service at my native Fed Ex and printed every picture in 11×17 ledger dimension on 32 lb. laser paper, every colour copy prices $1.24 in my state. I picked them up an hour later at my native department.



When you’ve bought your laser printed 11×17″ picture, trim the printed picture all the way down to 11×14”. Now you’re able to layer it on high of the wooden.

Coat the whole 11×14″ wooden panel with even layer of acrylic gel medium, not too thick, not too skinny.


Layer the 11×14” picture flat on high of the gel medium with the ink facet touching the gel medium. Use a present card or bank card to easy out any bubbles an make sure the picture is flat on the wooden panel.

Now….. wait a full 24 hours. It’s a must to enable the surfaces to bind and change into totally dry. 🙂

After the gel medium is dry, take a soaked washcloth and moist the whole paper. Subsequent, with mild stress, start to rub away the paper. You’ll discover a whole lot of paper pulp will come off in sections and it’ll reveal your printed picture.

This half appears like magic, yay!

After eradicating the paper pulp, enable it to completely dry. You’ll discover there may be nonetheless a little bit of paper residue in your picture making it cloudy. Proceed to gently wipe away the paper pulp residue, every time you do it’ll get clearer. I needed to do it 6-8 instances nevertheless it’s fast wiping course of this time, simply maintain at it.

You possibly can coat the floor in a transparent gloss to offer the picture extra distinction or sheen. I stored mine uncooked, I wished it to have extra of a matte aged high quality.

The good factor about this type of artwork show is the picture is on a thick wooden panel so you’ll be able to prop it up wherever on a shelf, no want to border it! Or you can connect mounting {hardware} to the again to hold them on the wall.

I tucked the surfboard picture onto a shelf in my teenage son’s room because it’s from a household journey to Oahu ten years in the past.

This undertaking is a singular approach to give somebody the present of a terrific reminiscence. 🙂


Have enjoyable making your individual!