When browsing through websites like Pinterest, one can get caught up in all of the D.I.Y. ideas they have, which for some may be a good or bad thing. I fall in the middle, I find a lot of interesting things I have to try, but then I end up with a lot of things I’ve made that I have no space for or that didn’t turn out well.
For my post this week, I got inspiration from a craft I saw on Pinterest and decided to try it out and see if it ended up looking like the picture online. It was a really interesting concept where a picture printed on paper could be transferred onto wood. I was really excited to try it for myself and see how it would turn out.
I went to the craft store to find the materials I needed and felt like a fish out of water because I had no idea what half of the things were. I kept on asking the same salesperson questions and he’d always ask me if I found what I needed and if I had any other questions. I felt bad because I was asking him everything and it was as if he weren’t getting his own work done. I had to get things like “gel medium,” I had no idea what that was and when I found it, I saw it was really expensive but thank goodness I found a forty percent coupon that I could use for it.
Like any typical D.I.Y. tutorial, I followed the steps online and thought to myself, “How hard can this be?” I chose to use a picture from my Hawaii trip this past summer with my family and thought it could be a great gift to give my grandma, who also went on this trip with us. The first few steps were easy, I had to brush on the gel medium on the wood then place the picture face down, get rid of the air bubbles and let dry over night. I thought I was on the right track, but it wasn’t until it came time to wet the paper and rub off the excess to reveal the picture. I guess I didn’t pay much attention to the gently rub off paper direction and I rubbed off parts of the actual picture. It went down hill from there and didn’t look as well as the picture on the tutorial. The air bubbles weren’t one hundred percent gone because once the picture was revealed, I could see ripples of where the paper wasn’t completely smoothed out.
I was disappointed that it didn’t turn out that great because it is a really cool concept and I would’ve like to have seen it the way it should be. I’m still going to give this to my grandma and we all know the saying, “Homemade gifts are the best,” I’m sure she’ll like it no matter how badly it turned out.
All photos were taken by the author of this blog.