August 12, 2012

Antique Wood Plate Transfer

Few weeks ago we posted a project of image transfer on a Wooden Chopping Board and I thought I would do one more item to combine both together for a kitchen corner decoration, so I chose a wood plate to apply the same technique.  Here it is the finished project:

The graphics are from one my favorite books of Dover Publications about “Old Advertisement Cuts” which I love very much, and I put them all together in a composition. 

I painted small squares in red and white color in all border of the plate.

The transfer was done very easy in 24 hours with the wonderful Mod Podge and the procedure is more or less the same one as the previous project of the Wooden Chopping Board, but I will write the steps in this post as well.  

The materials for this project are:

  • Wooden Plate or any other wood surface you want to work with
  • Brush, sanding paper & pencil
  • Liquid Gesso
  • Acrylic Paints:  White, cream white and red
  • Mirror prints of the selected graphics to be transferred
  • Mod Podge
  • Container with water and a cloth

Step by Step:

1. Prepare the surface.  Sand it softly and give 1-2 coats of liquid gesso.   Once the liquid gesso is dry, sand it softly again to get a smooth surface.

2. Paint 1-2 coats of the cream white acrylic paint to the whole surface.

3. Print or photocopy the graphics in mirror image on regular bond paper.  Mines were printed directly from a HP laser (toner base) black and white printer and worked out very good.

4.  Cut the paper as close to the edge of the graphic as possible, so once the transfer is done, you have less paper to remove around the edges.  Add the Mod Podge to the front of the image or graphic, where the ink is printed and glue them to the area where you want the transfer to be done.  Remove any bubbles and let it dry completely for 24 hours; do not touch it in between.

5.  Wet your fingers deeply in water and pass them on top of the glued graphics, the paper will get wet and you will be able to remove it little by little leaving behind only the ink that has been transferred.  Do it very softly, with care and lot of patient and remove the excess of water with a cloth.  You may have to repeat this process 3-4 times until you feel there is no more paper left and only the transferred ink remains.

6.  Paint small red and white squares on the border of the plate.   To do this, I simply took a small brush, deep it in the color and painted the square using the same shape of the brush. 

7. Once all the paper is fully removed from the surface, let it dry and apply 2 coats of Mod Podge in the entire project to preserve it and protect it; and viola!! your beautiful transfer is finished.  Note: This wooden plate is for decorative purposes only; it should not be used as kitchen utensil.    

This project is very easy to do and in just few steps you get to make a simple but yet very cute decorations for your kitchen in the antique looking style.    Here it is with the Wood Chopping Board:

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Every week we have the honor and pleasure to participate and share our projects in awesome parties, please visit them and see what talented artists and crafters are creating.  They are not in any particular order, just from the oldest till the most recent one I started participating on:

Brag Monday @ The graphics Fairy  
Vintage style link party @ Debbiedoo's 
Market yourself @ Sumo's Sweet Stuff  
Link party @ The Girl Creative 
Making Monday marvelous @ C.R.A.F.T.  
Boggieboard Cottage @ Masterpiece Monday 
Mod Mix Monday @ Mod Vintage Life  
Meet me Monday @ You're Talking Too Much
Calling All Crafters Monday @ All Things Fee  
CraftOmaniac Monday @ Craft O Maniac 
More the Merrier Monday @ DIY Home Sweet Home  
Make-it-Yourself Monday @ An Original belle 
Make it Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Under 300 Followers Blog Hop @ Pinkapotamus  
The Cure for the Common monday @  Lines Across
Craft and Tell @ Cherished Bliss
Mom's Monday Mingle @ The Naptime Review
Made with love @ Colours Dekor 
Get your craft on @ Today'screative blog 
Knick of Time tuesday @ Knick of Time 
Tell it to me Tuesday @ Creatively Living 
Tutorials & Tips Link Party @ Home Stories A2Z  
Cowgirl up Linky Party @ Cedar Hill Ranch 
Tuesday’s Treasures @ My UnCommon Slice of Suburbia
Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday @ Kammy's Korner 
Be inspired link party @ Elizabeth & Co
Coastal Charm @ Nifty Thrifty Tuesday 
Power of Paint Party @ Domestically Speaking 
Take the Time to Challenge @ Raising 4 Princesses 
Turning the Daunting into the Do-Able @ Project Queen
One project at a Time @ A Bowl Full of Lemons
Linking Pary @ Passionately Artistic
Take a look Tuesday @ Sugar Bee crafts 
Open Call Tuesdays @ Salt Tree
Show me what you got @ Our Delightful Home 
Wow us Wednesdays @ Savvysouthern style 
Primp your stuff Wednesday @ Primp
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm 
Share the love @
It's a Party @ DIY by Design 
Whatever goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts 
What is it Wednesday @
Whatever you want Wednesday @ Free Pretty Things for You
Wicked Awesome Wednesday @ Handy man, crafty woman 
Show & Share @ Southern Lovely 
Show and Tell @ SNAP 
It's a Party @ CreativePrincess
Wildly Original Round Up @ I Gotta Create
Waste Not want Not Wednesday @ Pretty Shabby UK 
What We Wore and Made Wednesdays @ Rae Gun Ramblings
Time for a Party @ Fine Craft Guild  
Wednesdays Adorned from Above Blog Hop @ Adorned from Above 
Catch as Catch Can @
Open House Party @ No MinimalistHere
Vintage Inspiration @ Common Ground 
Hookin' up with @ House of Hepworths
Time Travel Thrusday @ Brambleberry Cottage 
20 Below Thrusday @ Cristinas Adventures
Home and Garden Thrusday @ A Delightsome Life 
Made you Look @ Maid in a Day 
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From my front porch to yours 
Show off your stuff party @ Fireflies and Jellybeans
Share your cup Thrusday @ Have a daily cup of Mrs. Olson  
Transformation Thrusday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage 
Vintage Thingie Thursday @ The Coloradolady
100 Ideas under $100 @ Beyond the Picket Fence
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest 
Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now 
Inspirational Friday @ At the picket Fence 
Do something Crafty @ See Vanessa Craft
Friday feature @ Redoux Interiors 
Once upon a Weekend @ Family Ever After
Friday Fun Party @ Craftionary 
Finished Lit and Laundry for Friday @ Lit and Laundry
Feature yourself Friday @ Finger Prints on the Fridge 
Look at Me I'm so Crafty @  Fun to Craft
It's a Hodgepodge Friday @ It's a Hodgepodge life 
Friday Flair @ WhipperBerry
Fridays Unfolded @ Stuff& Nonsense 
Simply Link Party @ SimplyDesigning
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage   
Happy Hour Friday @ Happy Hour Projects 
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Rustic Restorations Weekend Linky Party @ Homespun Happenings  
Feture Friday Linky Party @ Blissful and Domestic
Garden Fun & Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme
Weekend Show off Party @ Ladybird Ln  
Feature Friday Free-for-All @  Five days Five Ways
Friday's Favorite Pin @ Decor to Adore 
Spotlight Saturday @ Classy Clutter 
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different act Normal
Site Nite special @  Funky Junk Interiors 
Get schooled Saturday @ Too much time on my hands
Scrappy Saturday @ CandaceCreations
Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tatertots & Jello
Check me out Saturday @ Iam only 1 Woman 
Serenity Saturday @ - Serenity You
Saturday Seven Party @ Positively Splendid 
Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sisters' Stuff
Saturday Showcase @ Bowdabra Blog 
What's Your Sunday's Best! @ My 1929 Charmer 
Weekend features @ Sisters of the Wild West
Simply Klassic Sunday @ Simply Klassic Home 
Sundae Scoop @ I (Heart)Nap Time
DIY Project Parade @ DIY showoff 
The Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table andDreaming 
Creative Bloggers's Party & Hop @ Homemaker on a Dime
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things 
Sunday Round Up @ Heather & Kayla

Have a wonderful week,



  1. Erika, I love the graphics you used on this project! Everything you create is beautiful!

  2. I just found your blog and I love this technique, but
    does this work with an ink jet printer? Hope to hear from you. Connie :)

  3. Following from Mom's Monday Mingle!

    So creative :)

    Please stop by & say Hello, if you haven't already. (And follow)


  4. I am a new follower here and I love doing french transfers. I love yours that you have done here.

  5. Beautiful job. Love the graphics.

  6. Beautifully done, Erika! I love both pieces and they will look great together on your counter!

  7. What a lovely display plate you have made. I like the red around the edges, shows it off really nicely.

  8. Wow...these turned out just lovely! Hopped over from Ivy and Elephants and I'm happy to be your newest follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit. Blessings ~ Judy @

  9. Came over from Gotta Create. Love the two items together - they make a great grouping for a kitchen. Thanks for the clear instructions!

  10. That's lovely. I'll try this soon once i can find all the materials :-)

  11. Wow - I'm having the hardest time transferring a graphic on to a dresser I'm doing. Maybe I'll try it your way! My printer is an inkjet though so that may make a difference. It sure turned out cute!

    I'm your newest follower - can't wait to see what other cool stuff you have!

  12. How fun! You did a great job transferring those!

  13. these are great. love the frenchy graphics and red/white decoration! thanks so much for the "how-to"!

  14. So very pretty! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  15. Thanks for joining the Waste Not Want Not Wednesday party over at

    We look forward to seeing your projects again on Wednesday.

    Many Thanks

    Dawn @ Pretty Shabby Uk

  16. Again, what a great graphic! Thank you for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend.

  17. Oui, oui, tres belle!
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  18. great tute! what happens if you skip the Gesso?
    your plates look great.

  19. So pretty! And thanks for sharing the details!

  20. Thank you for posting this. It's beautiful. I have an image I want to transfer on a tray, and wondered about using Mod Podge. So glad to see how well your project turned out with this transfer technique!

  21. These are wonderful. I love the pops of red!

  22. Erika, the two of them are so cute together. I have yet to try this transfer method. I really want to. I appreciate you sharing the instructions and linking up with Share Your Cup.

  23. It's so darn pretty - and love the graphic - and both pieces looks so good together! I'll have to try out your method since I haven't had good luck with it! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  24. What a cool project! Thanx for sharing at THT!

  25. This is so adorable!! Thank you so much for sharing, I am featuring tomorrow afternoon when my party starts again. -K

  26. Hi Erika,
    These are so cute. I really love this project. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  27. Absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for linking it up at our linky party at

  28. Homa Style is having a Simple Holiday Gift Idea Link Party. Your creation is wonderful and I believe it would be perfect as a holiday gift idea.
    Please join the link party at Homa Style.
    Here’s the link
    Hope to see you there!


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