Pallet Art Number 1 - With Photo Transfer
Before I get into the tutorial, I am going to let you in on a little project fail secret. If you look closely at the photo above you will see that the tattoo on Daddy's arm is backwards. Yup, totally backwards! I was paying so much attention to getting a good image transfer that I completely forgot the fact that the tattoo is text and therefore needed to be printed in a mirror image.
Tip: If you have any text on your image, as obscure as it may seem, print the image in reverse!
Step 1: Aging The Wood
Step 2: Painting the WoodI thinned Annie Sloan Antibes Green chalk paint with water to the consistency of milk. Apply the paint with a brush and remove some of it with a swipe of a paper towel. Dampen a kitchen sponge and remove more of the paint to reveal some of the wood peeking through, especially in the areas where there are knots in the wood. Let it dry and if needed distress the wood some more using a fine grit sanding sponge.
Step 3: Image Transfer onto WoodPrint a photograph on your printer using these settings:
Size Paper: Letter
Paper Orientation: Portrait
Paper Orientation for images with text: Reverse Transfer/Rotate 180 Degrees
Paper Type: Bond
Color Mode: Color
- Using a sponge brush apply an even coat of Country Chic Paint Image Transfer Medium or Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium over the image. It is important that you generously cover the entire surface of the picture.
- Place image side down onto the center of your pallet. I premeasured and marked the corners lightly with a pencil.
- Using your fingers or a credit card gently smooth out the air bubbles and wrinkles. Caution: try not to move the image or it could smudge.
- Let it dry for a minimum of 3 hours before proceeding to the next step.
Caution: don't rub too hard or you risk removing some of the image. The image will appear murky after the final layer is removed but you should be able to see it.
Step 5: Distressing Around the Edges
Step 6: Adding a Phrase on the BottomIn PicMonkey press the Design button followed by the Size 8 x 10. Press the Add Text button and create a phrase. I used the Dancing Script font in Text Size 374 and Text Alignment Right. Print it and tape it to the bottom right corner of your pallet art. Place a sheet of Graphite Paper or carbon paper underneath and simply trace the phrase onto the wood.
Using a white paint pen go over the phrase until you've got complete coverage. It's that easy peasy!
Step 7: Protecting the ImageUsing a foam brush apply two coats of Country Chic Paint Tough Coat or matte Mod Podge over the entire pallet letting it dry between coats.
Pallet Art Number 2 - Monogrammed
Step 1: Adding Chevron StripesMeasure the center point of your pallet and apply a piece of Chevron Frog Tape in a straight line across. From there take two small pieces of tape to use as your guide when applying the next stripe and each one thereafter (as seen in the photo below).
Step 2: Paint The StripesUsing a 6" foam roller I applied a coat of Anne Sloan Antibes Green chalk paint over the entire surface. Before the paint dries remove the tape. Once dry distress the stripes lightly with a fine grit sanding sponge. The point is you don't want your stripes to look perfect.
Step 3: Attaching the Wood Letter
Pallet Art Number 3 - Framed Photograph
Step 1: Painting the WoodI used the same technique as Pallet Art #1 (steps 1 & 2). Paint only the first and third board.
Step 2: Adding Burlap to the back of the Picture FrameI purchased 6-inch wide burlap ribbon at Michael's but fabric or paper would be nice too. Remove the glass from the frame (which I purchased at the Dollar Store) and hot glue the ribbon onto the good side (the side that will be visible). Next take some twine and hot glue it onto the back of the board, leaving a little slack in the rope. I found these cute mini clothespins at Michael's and hung them from the twine.
Step 3: Distressing the Silver FrameI wanted the silver frame to look like galvanized metal so I simply rubbed Blackened Bronze (the same craft paint I distressed around the edges of the photo in Pallet Art #1) with a cloth and wiped away the excess.
Step 4: Attaching the Frame to the WoodReassemble your frame and hang a 4 x 6 photograph from the clothespins. Simply hot glue the frame onto the pallet wood. I like how photos can be switched up whenever you wish.
There you have it, a trio of DIY Nursery Pallet Art!
I can't wait to hang these in my grandson's nursery! But before I do I had to leave him with a special note on the back.
These could be made for any room, any gender, and any age. Have I inspired you to make some for your home?