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I'm making a keepsake box for a friend, and since she is into horses, I wanted to *somehow* put a horse on it. However, not being artistically gifted, options like carving or painting a horse on it, while ideal, are not an option. As such, I was thinking more along the lines of a print-and-stick type approach, where I could work up something on the computer, print it out, and attach it to the box. Would this work well with wood? Should I be looking for some specific medium to print on? At what stage in the finishing process should it be applied? Or is there some other approach that would work better?

I was looking at some basic clear peel-and-stick printer stock, and thinking of applying it after the initial coat or two of finish (so the wood under it is fully colored), but before the final coat or two (so it is well protected and can't just peel off). However, I'm concerned that the finish wouldn't adhere properly over it with that approach, while putting it on at the end wouldn't be as long-lasting as I would like.
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there are many videos on this process

You can take a photo out of a magazine OR use your own photo. The process is also called decoupage.
Here's one of the many videos:


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That looks perfect, thanks! I'll have to play around with that. If I'm wanting to stain the wood, do I do that before or after applying the image? I would think before, so the image itself doesn't get stained, but would it still adhere properly? As far as top coating, I get the impression I'd want to use water based, not oil based, finish with that. Is that correct or does it not matter? I'll definitely be doing some testing before the final project, and probably watch a few more videos :) Thanks again!
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Always good to make a friend a special gift - especially in wood. Consider getting/making a photograph of her favorite horse or horse scene. Depending on the size of the keepsake box, the photo (colored, tinted, or black & white) could be "cropped" to a size that would fit tightly into the lid, behind a piece of clear hard plastic, so changes of the picture could be made if desired. No peal & stick, or clear coating of the photo required. Be safe.
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Always good to make a friend a special gift - especially in wood. Consider getting/making a photograph of her favorite horse or horse scene. Depending on the size of the keepsake box, the photo (colored, tinted, or black & white) could be "cropped" to a size that would fit tightly into the lid, behind a piece of clear hard plastic, so changes of the picture could be made if desired. No peal & stick, or clear coating of the photo required. Be safe.
So, basically, build a picture frame into the lid. I'll have to consider that - it could be a fun addition :)
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Well, here's my first couple of test pieces. I think I needed to do a bit more rubbing, but I was afraid to do much more since parts of the image were already coming off. I do think things would be helped by using brighter images though, and probably color prints - that way I could have a lighter image, while still having full coverage. Still, not bad (especially for a first try), I think :)
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There is lots and lots of "horsey" material available. You do not have to make your own. Do some online searching and you will be amazed at what you find.

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There is lots and lots of "horsey" material available. You do not have to make your own. Do some online searching and you will be amazed at what you find.

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Right, that's where I found the two images I used. apparently there is a bit of an art to choosing images that work well with this procedure, however :)
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You might want to google "Decoupage". I think this is similar to what you are trying to achieve.

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You might want to google "Decoupage". I think this is similar to what you are trying to achieve.
Yeah, I did back when it was first suggested, along with the video for this procedure. From what I can tell, "decoupage" is basically just a fancy term for "cut it out and glue it on". Which would, of course, work - but I like the idea of the image transfer better, if I can get it right - from what I've seen the end result looks more like it was painted on. Just takes more work/more careful image selection :smile3:
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wow! I thought you nailed it!
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wow! I thought you nailed it!
Thanks! I suppose it depends on the look you are going for. I find both of those to look a bit "ghostly", I guess I'd call it. Which is a fine look, if that's what you want, but I'm looking for something a bit more "alive" or vibrant. I think using lighter, color images will help with that. Other than that, my perfectionist side doesn't like the paper remnants that I didn't get off. But yeah, it certainly works - and for test pieces, I'm quite happy with the result, and feel confidant I can achieve the look I'm going for.
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Decoupage was a great suggestion. Looks great, brewster :)
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When choosing images, keep in mind that colors tend to fade much more rapidly than shades of gray.


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I know this is an old thread, but in case anyone was interested in the final result, here it is:
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WOW! Nice job. You should be very proud.
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Very nice! Well done...but, just so you know...the one on the right ISN'T a horse. :)
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Very nice! Well done...but, just so you know...the one on the right ISN'T a horse. :)
No? But I was told it was 808 horse!
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Do a little research on waterslide decals. I read lots of posts on the pen forums using it to put logos on wood pens so it should work for larger items as well with the advantage of being a much thinner material going on to the wood.
One thing to consider in keeping the colors bright is having a light or white background. If there is a way of printing a white basecoat over the colors on the decal it will keep the color more true and with more contrast (realizing the colors are printed bottomside up).
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