Thursday, 26 April 2012
Lazertran on wood portrait
1. I stripped all the colour from my photo in Photoshop. I also used various filters to create a comic style image, maximising contrasts to get strong black lines.
2. Sized the image in Photoshop so it would fit exactly on the wooden board. and reversed the image as it gets put back in its original direction when the decal is applied.
3. Printed off the image onto lazertran paper, and separated the decal in water. Then realised a day later that I'd printed it on completely the wrong side!
3. Printed off the image again, left the paper to dry overnight.
4. The next day, I cut carefully around the outline of my image, soaked it in water and separated the decal from the paper backing.
5. Left the decal to dry.
6. Painted my wooden board with pure turpentine, then laid the image flat. This was very fiddly as the decal is very flimsy!
7. Pushed out the airbubbles and voila!
I've yet to paint it with protective varnish, but anyway, I'm just so pleased to have done a project and finished something that's been in my head for ages! I'm so excited by the potential of image transfer. I'd love to do more of these type of portraits on beautiful pieces of wood.