At first sight, these botanical prints reminded me of wildflowers blooming amongst weeds at Chicago’s Randolph Street Market last year. Since then I’ve been saving them, trying to decide how I could best use them – I still own their original copies too so this project allows me to repurpose them multiple times! How? Using Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium.

Photocopies or print outs made on regular copy paper work perfectly to preserve original botanical prints – not photo paper! Photo prints won’t work; only plain copy paper works! That was how I preserved my botanical prints.

Final appearance is similar to decoupaging, yet this process takes 24 hours – be prepared to leave and not peek!

Print out or photocopy your image, reverse if necessary (I used Word but couldn’t figure out how), take a screenshot, open that into Photoshop, reverse as desired and print! It really couldn’t be simpler!

As I wanted a rustic feel, I photocopied and tore around the edges my original botanical prints before torn. To achieve your desired appearance, make sure that you trim your item exactly how you’d like it. For instance, leaving an extra white border will transfer onto any surface you put it on; thus creating what appears in the printout as what will ultimately appear in your finished project; similar to decoupaging.

I painted a plank of wood white before dry brushing a light sage-green hue over its surface and edges to distress it.

To apply the medium, you’ll require some waxed paper and a sponge applicator. Place your photocopy face-up on the waxed paper, painting a generous coating of medium over it; your goal should be to completely obfuscate its design. Carefully lift off and place back where desired; notice how words from below appear through as soon as its wet!


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