Create a beautiful memory that can last a lifetime! This tutorial will show you how to easily transfer photos onto stone. Transfer photos, quotes, illustrations, or anything that you can print on a simple printer!
This is Suzy from Suzy’s Sitcom! We are full-time travelers living in our RV, and many of my projects are inspired by our current surroundings. We are currently in upstate New York on Lake Ontario. It seems that this part of New York has its share of wonderfully smooth stones that have been polished by Lake Ontario. It came to me that I should try to transfer photos onto stone. A great keepsake of the area and a beautiful memory saved forever!
We are currently working at a campground on Association Island and have been exploring the area near Thousand Islands. There is so much to do here in the summer. Fishing, swimming, boating, sightseeing….
…eating lots of great food. We found a rustic seafood restaurant right on Lake Ontario in the town of Oswego, NY. It is called Rudy’s and apparently, it is not only popular with visitors, but it is a regular local attraction. Rudy’s sits right on the water and you can enjoy your meal outside under umbrellas in the sun.
After enjoying our dinner, we sat along the shore and watched the water. And what did I spy? Thousands of beautiful stones polished by the waters. I gathered quite a few with no idea as to what I was going to create.
I got the eye from the husband who was immediately trying to calculate where the heck I would store them. He would get over it. A project was forming in my head….
How to transfer photos to stone
Transferring photos to stone turned out to be a simple project, although I have to tell you that it was my third attempt that was the charm. This project uses many things that you might already have around the house. You just have to find a nice smooth stone and start creating!
What you need:
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1. prepare the tissue paper
In order to easily print on tissue paper, tape the tissue paper to a sheet of copy paper. You will need to place tape on all four sides so that it will not bunch up in your printer. Don’t ask me how I know this.
2. Print the photos onto tissue paper
Using an inkjet printer, print your chosen photos. You can choose to print in color or black and white. Either way will work for transferring onto stone.
3. prepare the photo for transfer
Remove the tissue paper from the copy paper and then trim your photo to fit the selected stone.
4. transfer the photo to stone
Paint a layer of Mod Podge onto the top of the stone and then carefully place the tissue paper photo over the Mod Podge. Smooth the photo down onto the stone with a paintbrush, adding a thin coating of Mod Podge on top.
As the Mod Podge dries, the tissue paper will become translucent, allowing the various colors of the stone to show through. Your photo will take on the appearance of a painting.
Such a simple project! The final result is a beautiful memory that can be kept a lifetime!
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