Transfer a Photo to Wood with Gel Medium

Posted by Morena Hockley

My favorite crafting technique is creating image transfers to wood. I love the unique look created! There are several mediums you can use to transfer images, and today I'm going to show you how to use Gel Medium to turn a favorite photo into a beautiful piece of decorative wall art.


  • 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 (Shop all embellishments here!)
  • Mini Hummingbird Assortment, Blue, Rose & Green; 3pcs
  • Tiny Ladybug Assortment
  • DecoArt Paint
  • Mod Podge

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

Use a damp (not soaking wet!) washcloth to dampen 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.

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

This pretty, custom photo looks lovely hanging next to my desk! With the huge assortment of embellishments and findings available you can create any look you want. Have fun crafting and creating!