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**** YOU'LL NEED THIS IMAGE ALSO IT IS NUMBER 15...IT IS MISSING FROM THE DOWNLOADED IMAGES http://thecre8tiveoutlet.blogspot.com/2011/02/15-this-missing-link.html
This Project only cost me $12.51, Another $8.54 If you add the cost of the 3m command picture hanging tabs. This only took about 3-4 hours (including dry time). Remember the goal is an aged weathered look so imperfections are welcomed!
This is my first tutorial so ... here it goes!
First I went to Lowe's and found pre-cut 24"x24" plywood pieces. The tag says "luaren-ply" they cost $2-$3 for each. I bought 4.
Then I painted each piece. First one coat of white, then one coat of antique white, and finally I wiped a watered down burnt sienna glaze. (I call this a "glaze" but it is nothing more than an old tube of burnt sienna paint squeezed into a cup and watered down). This gives the wood a solid but distressed/old look.
The PB version is wood planks, so after my paint was dry I used a utility knife and a metal t-square (you could just use a ruler) to make a horizontal "cut" every 6 inches. It really only scores the wood.
The I went back and "glazed" more burnt sienna over the groves - giving the look of planks.
The next step - transferring the image. You do not need to be an artist to do this.
I found my image from LIFE online and took it into photo shop. There I added a filter giving it a distorted look and sectioned into 8in grid squares. Lucky for you I did this for you this was the most tedious part.
Next I painted the area to transfer the image with Mod-Podge Matte then laid the image face down on top and pressed down. Leave it on for about 1-2 minutes. Sometimes the paper will stick but you can peel it off after it dries.
So you are transferring the image using Mod-Podge. I also found this similar tutorial
Sometimes the transfer is not perfect and sometimes the paper will stick. I did not mind this being as the overall look of the piece is aged and distressed. If you want a clear perfect transfer use the link above.
After the image was completely transferred and dry I used my "glaze" again and painted over the areas where the printer ink was black/purplish. I wanted a more sepia/brown coloring. I then gave each piece a random sanding in areas to create that weathered/aged look.
And this is what is turned out like! I couldn't be happier with the result.
Now it's your turn! Here is the grid to print you own! (it is made to be printed on a home printer 8.5inx11in paper.
REMEMBER....YOU ARE TURNING THE PAPER OVER - FACEDOWN...SO THE PROJECT WILL START RIGHT TO LEFT...NOT LEFT TO RIGHT!!!!!
Have the image printed to a vinyl and apply to wood
Use other images found online
Paint something original