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If you are anything like me, where your design tastes can change depending on the money you have available (and you probably only have a dime to spend), contact paper can be a great option, in helping you transform a space easily and on a low budget.

Contact paper comes in almost every hue, pattern, or texture, you could ever want. And the good part is, it can be used everywhere from your bedroom to your bathroom. Thus, if you find yourself wanting to transform some 80’s style pink kitchen cabinets or giving an old picture frame some new life, contact paper can be a great, mess-free alternative to painting.

To add to its list of endless benefits, contact paper is removable and therefore rental friendly! The only sticky thing (pun intended) is that it can be difficult to work with on certain surfaces, namely wood. So how do you get contact paper to stick to wood?

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Clean Your Canvas

Contact paper is self-adhesive, kind of like a post-it note, that can be applied to a variety of surfaces, so long as the surfaces are squeaky clean. That’s why, those having a hard time getting the paper to stick to wood, may want to check and ensure that the surfaces have been cleaned with soap and water.

This is particularly important in kitchens, where grease can build up on surfaces over time and may take a particularly good scrubbing to provide an ideal surface for the contact paper. Once you are done washing, make sure you allow your surface to dry before attempting to apply the Contact Paper .

Sand It Smooth

Wood surfaces, particularly those you are looking to transform, often have bumps or ridges inherent to the wood or that have occurred over time. Normally, because of its thin design, it is often difficult for contact paper to stick to uneven surfaces or any surface that lacks a smooth pattern.

As such, before applying the contact paper, ensure that the surface is very smooth, of which you can achieve by scrubbing the surface with things like sandpaper.

Weirdly Enough…Windex!

According to Youtuber SuperHolly , Windex can help you to smoothly apply a contact paper to your wooden surface. If you apply a generous amount of Windex to your cleaned and smoothed surface, this will help you to place your contact paper with a little less stress! The Windex allows you to slide your contact paper into shape, before committing. And while this is done, make sure that you sand your surface free from unwanted bumps and ridges. Once you are happy with your contact paper placement, you can then squeeze the Windex out from underneath, and have your clean and transformed space.

Any time you are looking to do a little DIY without much commitment, contact paper is a wonderful alternative to the hassle of paint or the cost of replacing cabinets or counters. When applying to wood just make sure that you: 1) clean your surface, 2) sand the wood smoothly, 3) add a little Windex for a hassle-free application, and 4) enjoy your transformed space!

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How do you feel about Mod Podge? I feel like we have a love/hate relationship, but after this project we are in love again. Haha! Seriously this project was so easy and cost 30 cents to make. Wow- right? Even if you had to buy a few supplies, it’s still a cheap way to make a pretty sign. I’m going to share how to Mod Podge Paper to Wood today, it will be awesome! My crafty blogging friends are sharing Mod Podge projects today for the Bring on the Crafts Blog Hop, so take a scroll to see what they have created.

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Supplies for Mod Podge Wood Sign

Mod Podge Matte
Scrap wood
Scraper
Make up wedge
Paint
Foam Brush

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Let’s Create a Mod Podge Paper to Wood Sign with Scrapbook Paper

How to adhere paper to wood

If you like to scrapbook or collect pretty paper then you probably have some paper in mind for a project like this. I was taking my relaxing stroll around the craft store when I saw this pretty paper. It’s perfect for spring and I love to put cute motivational messages around the house. I honestly have tons of these cute embellishments from all the scrapbook kits I buy, but this paper caught my eye. Don’t you agree, you can always use new paper? Now here is another great way to use the embellishments.

How to adhere paper to wood

From all of our projects we have a growing scrap wood pile and I try to use pieces from it whenever I can. If you don’t have any scrap wood, you can buy a small wooden plaque or rectangle from the craft store or make a small sign with paint sticks. I also used Mod Podge to add glitter to this Believe in Magic Unicorn Sign made from scrap wood.

To get your sign ready, paint it with your desired color. I always get sample cans before I paint so I used Zeus from Sherwin Williams (it’s the color of our hallway & my favorite color in the house). It just matches perfectly. I gave it 2 coats. At first I was going to use white, like in the supplies picture, but I decided I liked Zeus better.

How to adhere paper to wood

Cut your scrapbook paper for the desired piece you want to use. I love the message and the florals on this piece. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the back of your paper with a makeup wedge. Then place on the wood.

Use a scraper or roller to get out any bubbles and press the paper to the wood. I totally forgot I have a Mod Podge roller that I could of used. I’m thinking I need a craft supply list- haha! If you don’t have either a credit card works good too.

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How do I seal my paper to wood

To seal your sign, apply a thin coat of mod podge over the paper with the makeup wedge. Let it dry 15-20 minutes between coats. Do between 2-3 coats to seal it, I did 3. Just set a timer and relax while you wait.

After you seal your sign, your new decor is ready to decorate your home. Easy, simple and pretty!

I couldn’t stop at just one so I made some more!

How to adhere paper to wood

How to adhere paper to wood

Bring on the Crafts — A Craft & DIY Blog Hop

On the first Friday of each month, a group of DIY and crafty bloggers join forces. Together with hosts Marie from The Inspiration Vault and Habiba from Craftify My Love, they bring you the #BringontheCrafts blog hop. Each blogger creates a fun craft or DIY project to share that follows a monthly materials theme. March’s theme is Mod Podge! Each blogger chooses their own craft to make as long as they love it and it uses Mod Podge in the project.

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How to adhere paper to wood

Modge podge is one of the most well known craft glue supplies in existence. Modge Podge serves as an all-in-one glue and sealer which makes it possible for you to craft and seal your craft essentials. You can attach paper and fabric or paper and wood or simply any other crafting item with the help of this glue and it quickly gets set between both the craft materials. Modge Podge is basically a brand of decoupage medium which adheres paper or fabric onto a project and thus it is one of the best and top choices of a craftsperson. In order to modge podge paper to wood, the following tips can be bought in use:-

How to adhere paper to wood

How to Modge Podge Paper to Wood

1. Make the surface free from dirt and debris:-

First of all we take the wood and make its surface clean. This can be done by removing all sorts of dirt and debris from the piece of wood. Now, once this approach gets finished, we can easily shape up the wood in the desired manner to make it ready for the sanding process where we will use sand paper on it.

2. Sand the wood with sandpaper:-

Here in this step we will use a sand paper of good quality to sand the wood. It is better if you use a fine grit sandpaper for this purpose. Just sand the piece of wood and then wipe off the dust away with a piece of cloth of cotton and you will be ready to go ahead with the piece of wood.

3. Prepare the working area:-

We can do the wood shaping and sanding approach sitting anywhere as it will generate dust but the process of modge podge application will be done only on a specific clean area. Just choose your working area and then cover it up with the help of a plastic sheet. I won’t advise you to use newspapers as they can get stuck with your apparatus and it is easy to remove a glued plastic sheet but not newspapers.

4. Shape up/tear the paper:-

Here comes the time to shape-up/tear the paper to its desired length and other such specifications. Just cut or tear pieces of paper to decoupage onto the wood and arrange the pieces of paper on wood without applying modge podge on them. This is the time when we are just observing the layout. Once the layout gets finalized, we can go for the application of modge podge as well.

5. Apply Modge Podge:-

When you get satisfied with your layout, you can apply a thin layer of mod podge to the back of each paper piece taking one piece at a time using a modge podge application brush. Press and smoothen each of the paper cuttings bringing the glued surface in contact of wood and keep sticking them in a preferred way of your layout scheme. Continue with the same way and approach till all the pieces of paper do not get glued properly with the piece of wood and once you are finished, you can place the piece of wood under sun to make the glue get dried.

Artwork by Jane Oliver

Here are the steps we’d recommend following:

STEP 1: Seal the wood
First, the wood should be sealed. Sealing the wood helps the glue go on smoothly and prevents it from sinking in. It also prevents the acidity of the wood from leeching into the paper that is glued on. There are several ways the wood can be sealed:

PVA Size: Gamblin makes a PVA Size (polyvinyl acetate) which can be thinned down with water to the proper consistency to seal canvas, fabric and wood. Cover the wood with a mixture of PVA Size solution and water. Let dry.

Acrylic Polymer : An acrylic polymer can be applied to the surface of the wood to seal it. Golden makes an Acrylic Polymer Sealer (GAC 100) specifically for sealing canvas, fabric and wood. This sealer prevents the acidity of the wood or substrate from traveling into the paper and causing discoloration of the paper or artwork, known as Support Induced Discoloration (SID). Cover the wood with a layer of the Acrylic Polymer and let dry.

STEP 2: Glue the paper to the wood
Make sure to use a pH neutral or acid free glue, such as PVA glue. Use a firm roller (paint roller) to roll the glue onto the surface of the sealed wood. Next, adhere the paper to the wood surface, and cover the artwork/wood piece with a clean sheet of paper as a protective barrier. Using your palm, press firmly over the entire surface to remove any air pockets. Place a wood board larger than the glued surface on top. Place weights (books work) on top and let sit for 48 hours. When you remove the board and weight, check to see if the paper is completely dry. If it feels cold or clammy, place it back under the weight until dry. The moisture of the glue could cause the protective sheet to wrinkle under the board.

Periodically check the interleaf paper during the 2 day drying process and replace it with a new sheet if it is wrinkled. If it is not replaced, there is a risk that the wrinkling of the interleaf paper could create a pattern in the glued paper.

STEP 3: Seal the Drawing (this step can be done before Step Two)
To seal your artwork, use a varnish or spray sealer. We especially recommend a spray sealer versus a sealer that needs to be brushed on for graphite drawings as there is a risk of smearing the graphite. Many companies make protective spray sealers and fixatives, such as Lascaux Fixative and Protectant. Look for something that is safe to use on the medium that was used for the artwork. The best way to apply any sealer or varnish is by applying several thin coats in different directions, waiting for them to dry in-between coats. This assures an even application. Always wear a dual filter spray mask when spraying.

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Hi Don mod podge works great for adding paper to wood. It even can be brushed off so only the ink remains. Here’s what I did to make some Xmas ornaments. https://www.hometalk.com/33557500/barn-christmas-ornament-using-mod-podge-photo-transfer

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Barn Christmas Ornament Using Mod Podge Photo Transfer

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Another vote for modge podge!

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I’ve used Mod Podge.

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If it is plain paper, then mod podge. If it is something with an adhesive on it, like wallpaper, use an adhesive formulated for that type of paper.

alt=”Maura White” width=”43″ height=”43″ /> Maura White on Feb 16, 2021

Are you talking about Decoupage or putting a photo print on wood?

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I’ve always used Mod Podge. which is decoupage gel. You can make your own or purchase the brand name. https://www.hometalk.com/3635368/make-your-own-mod-podge-much-cheaper-for-decor-and-craft-projects

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Make Your Own Mod Podge (MUCH Cheaper) For Decor and Craft Projects

Here’s the “How To” with Mod Podge onto wood:

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Hello depending on the final result desired Iwould consider a glue stick, or Modpodge or-spray adhesive. Topcoat sealer might be necessary.

alt=”Michelle Leslie” width=”43″ height=”43″ /> Michelle Leslie on Feb 17, 2021

Hi Don, make sure your piece of wood is free of grime or any oily residue, and then use mod podge to glue the picture down.

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How is the piece of wood going to be used after the paper is glued on to it?

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How to attach shoji paper using Y7 Shoji Nori Glue

1. Remove the old shoji paper, using wet cloth if necessary. If wood have finish on, pre-cut the paper to the door size with a margin at least 1/4”. (If your screen’s wood is unfinished as traditional Japanese doors, you can cut excess paper off after the paper is attached.)

2. Temporarily attach the paper on one side, centered to the screen using a piece of removable tape. Unroll about 2 feet to make sure the paper edges are parallel to the screen frames. Secure the paper with two more pieces of tape. Keep the paper rolled up.

3. Take the blue applicator cap off the glue bottle. Remove the blue inside lid. Put the blue applicator cap back on. Apply glue on the kumiko (lattices) first, then on the outer frames. If using a brush, patting motions may work better than stroking motions.

4. After ensuring that the one edge of the paper is secured temporarily to the top of the door, unroll the paper slowly.

5. Press lightly and smooth the paper out on the lattice, starting from the center towards outer frames.

6. If the paper is not pre-cut at the first step, cut off excess paper.

7. Let it dry completely. AFTER dried, and IF there are any wrinkles or sagging, spray water lightly on the wrinkled area. Most of the time spraying water is not necessary. Do not use glue, or spray water on Laminated, Surface Washable, or Hi-Tec paper.

NOTE: “Nori” is a common term for “glue”, not a specific brand/product name. Other “nori” glue may not be strong enough to hold the weight and the size of the shoji paper for a door.

Are you wondering how to glue paper without wrinkles? Here are some tips that are guaranteed to help your decoupage projects.

How to adhere paper to wood

Are you wondering how to glue paper without wrinkles? One of the biggest issues I have come across in my decoupage projects is wrinkles. . . you know what I’m talking about. The paper is bubbly. And unattractive. It goes something like this –

PROBLEM: You got those terrible little bubbles and wrinkles in your paper. And they didn’t go away when the project dried.

SOLUTION: There are three parts – three options of things you can do to avoid this problem. Here we go.

Part A – Spray your paper with this. You can really use any acrylic sealer, but this one is my favorite. Spray both sides of the paper SEVERAL times and allow to dry.

What happens is the sealers acts as a makeshift barrier, so that the surface of the paper gets glued, but the glue doesn’t soak all the way through the fibers and make a soggy mess (thereby causing the dreaded wrinkles).

Part B – You can mist the paper with water. This is especially important with thinner papers. I’ve never had success with really thin papers unless I’ve misted them with water (NOT soaked) and then also used a roller. Don’t roll over the top too much though, or you will start to wear the paper away – since it’s wet.

Part C – Allow the paper to dry to the surface BEFORE Mod Podging over it. Let me explain. You MUST apply enough Mod Podge to either the project surface or the paper back. I get that question a lot, actually.

It doesn’t matter what you do, just make sure that you apply a medium layer – not too thin. Apply the paper to the project surface and SMOOTH THOROUGHLY with your fingers or a brayer. Allow this to dry for 15 – 20 minutes and THEN go back and Mod Podge over it to seal.

NOTE: Tissue paper is going to wrinkle. It’s just going to. It’s part of the fancy effect.

Can vinyl stick to wood? Here at Craftables we get this question all the time! The short answer is yes but keep reading to learn three awesome ways to add vinyl to wood. We’ll show you how to apply permanent vinyl to stained wood, permanent vinyl to painted wood, and heat transfer vinyl to wood.

How to adhere paper to wood

What you’ll need:

-a piece of wood to try this on- anything wooden will work like a wood slice, wooden pallet, wooden sign, wooden coasters, etc.

-some sort of base coat treatment for the wood like polycrylic or acrylic paint

-a cutting machine (optional)

-a squeegee or credit card

How to get vinyl to stick to wood- step 1:

Let’s start with the basics- adding vinyl to wood. Vinyl sticks decently to untreated wood but we want to make sure that the vinyl is nice and stuck to the wood because we wouldn’t want parts of your project to peel.

So the first step is to sand down whatever wood you’re working with. For this project we’re working with a wooden pallet and when we bought it the wood was pretty rough and uneven. The more you sand it down the better your vinyl will stick so make sure to use lots of elbow grease!

How to adhere paper to wood

Step 2

The next step is to treat your wood. You need to add some sort of coating or primer that the vinyl can grip to. We’ve had huge success using Polycrylic, wood stain or acrylic paint, all of which you can find at your favorite craft store. Once you coat your wood in this base coat, you’re going to want to wait 24-48 hours until your base coat is completely set before moving on to the next step.

How to adhere paper to wood

Step 3

This is the step where we apply our vinyl! For the basics of applying 651 permanent vinyl, refer to this video or this blog post. Apply your vinyl like you would for any surface, ensuring that you’re pressing firmly with your squeegee. And that’s it- you’re done!

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How to get vinyl to stick to wood using heat

This may seem counterintuitive, but applying Oracal 651 on wood using heat can make the decal look like paint on wood. Just check out our swatch below to see what each technique looks like and this can help you decide which method you’d like to use on your project. If you would like to try using 651 with wood we’ll show you how below.

What you’ll need:

-a piece of wood to try this on- anything wooden will work like a wood slice, wooden pallet, wooden sign, wooden coasters, etc.

-some sort of base coat treatment for the wood like polycrylic or acrylic paint

-a cutting machine (optional)

-a squeegee or credit card

-An iron, heat press or mini iron

Step 1

The first step with this project is to also sand down whatever surface you’re going to be applying vinyl to. For this project our wood is already pretty smooth but we always want to make sure the surface is suitable for adhesive vinyl so we’re going to be giving it another good sanding before we move to step 2.

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Step 2

Place your HTV on your project and make sure your iron is completely heated. Iron your HTV to your wood slowly, one section at a time. Do not wiggle your iron while you iron, if you do your decal may shift under your iron. We’re using Craftables foil htv so we’re ironing each section for :25 seconds with a teflon sheet. Usually I know that my vinyl has adhered when the carrier sheet starts to curl.

Step 3

Wait a full minute (or two!) and cold peel the carrier sheet off your htv. If you’re not using foil make sure to follow the exact instructions- not every HTV is cold peel! For more information about HTV on alternative surfaces, check out this post.

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HTV versus 651 on wood

How to adhere paper to wood

There are so many combinations of ways to apply 651 and HTV to wood. I made these swatches (above) with the hopes that you could easily see the difference between 651, 651 with heat and HTV on wood but despite my best efforts it is nearly impossible to tell. I think it’s because I used really smooth wood and it’s hard to capture on camera but if you’d like a more painted-on look, using HTV with heat is the way to go. Apply the 651 vinyl as usual and then (with a teflon sheet between your project and iron) iron the decal for 10-15 seconds. HTV on wood is a great solution if you want a special treatment like foil, flock or glitter. The downside of using HTV is that sometimes the adhesive can leak around the edges of the decal. This is hardly noticeable (it happened in my swatch above) but I thought it was worth mentioning!

How to adhere paper to wood

And above are specialty HTV swatches. Flock, Craftables Smooth and Glitter all work so well on wood and I love how they look layered!

How to adhere paper to wood

Have you found that a lot of your craft supplies are from products that have multiple uses? For instance, freezer paper. I’m not exactly known for big batching my family’s meals so freezer paper is a little out of my realm.

However, after I bought my first roll of it (many moons ago!) I haven’t been able to keep in out of my craft room.

It’s one of those supplies that is not only a great paper transfer method, but also works wonders as an easy clean-up “mat” for kids. Tape it down to the counter, and then just throw it out once they’re done. Amazinggg.

With that being said, let’s get this transferring party started!

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How to Use Freezer Paper to Make a Wood Sign

Materials

  • Squeegee (a sturdy credit card will work great too)
  • Cutting Machine (Silhouette or Cricut — your choice!)
  • 1 – 1/2″ Cabinet Grade Plywood (cut to 8”x10”)
  • Wood Stain
  • Plastic Gloves
  • Rust-Oleum Matte Top Coat Spray Paint
  • Reynolds Freezer Paper
  • Card Stock
  • Glue Stick
  • InkJet Printer
  • Sander

Steps

1. Cut your 1/2″ Cabinet Grade Plywood to 8”x10”.

How to adhere paper to wood

2. Stain your board with your favorite stain. I highly recommend using plastic gloves while staining.

NOTE: My sign board was stained using a combination of Minwax Classic Gray and Ebony colors.

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3. Next, download the template below.

4. Cut your freezer paper down to the size of a standard piece of printer paper (8.5” x 11”).

5. Then, with your glue stick lightly add a layer to your card stock.

TIP: Make sure you glue all of the edges to ensure your freezer paper will stick properly as well as feed into your printer.

6. Apply your freezer paper to your cardstock with the waxy side up since you’ll be printing on this side. Carefully smooth down all corners and edges and tape anything that is not behaving.

7. On your computer, flip the template design horizontally (or mirror the image) before you print it out.

TIP: Also use the best or highest quality setting to print out your image.

How to adhere paper to wood

How to Use Freezer Paper to Make a Wood Sign

8. After your image has printed immediately and carefully flip your image onto your board.

9. Using your squeegee firmly push down the design into your board going over it several times to ensure the ink has imprinted.

10. Gently lift up your design and allow it to dry.

At this point you can distress the image with sander if you like, or leave it as is. I thought mine came out too light so using a gel pen I gently outlined my letters.

11. Last, add a light layer of your top coat spray paint for protection and let it dry.

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What did think? It’s definitely a veryyy different method than my typical wood sign tutorials, but still just as fun!

If you loved this project then you’ll definitely want to browse some of my other Wood Signs that are full of step-by-step tutorials as well as freebies galore! Can’t wait to see you again, and Happy Crafting! – LZ

Pssttt… don’t forget to download the file before you go!

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About LZ Cathcart

LZ is an artist who loves creating illustrations, custom hand lettering and patterns for gifts, home decor, fabric, and wallpaper. She is also the creative mind behind The Summery Umbrella where she shows you how to make handmade signs, various DIY projects and gorgeous home decor.

When she’s not dreaming up new projects and designs you can typically find her drinking her fair share of coffee, hanging out with her super handy husband and her sweet and sassy daughter. They all have a hard time sitting sit so this family is constantly on the go!

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You might like painting with watercolor but become frustrated with the framing and matting process. Learning how to mount watercolor paper on board can be the solution. I also personally like a simpler look and want to avoid the glare of glass.

Here is how to mount watercolor paper on board

  • A board
  • Extra heavy gel medium, I used Golden extra heavy gel medium
  • Watercolor paper or a finished watercolor painting
  • A stiff brush
  • A spatula to help with the spreading of heavy gel (optional)
  • A clean brayer
  • an X-acto knife

You have to ways of mounting watercolor paper on board:

  • You can do it with your white paper,let it dry and then paint afterwards.This technique has the advantage of stretching your paper at the same time you are mounting it.
  • Alternatively, you can mount your painting after it has been painted. The advantage here is that you are sure you like the painting before you start mounting it, but you also have to be very careful not to put any of the medium on the painting. Click here to see a tutorial on how to mount your painting on board : How to mount a watercolor painting on board

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I did apply gesso and left it to dry on the board before starting the process of mounting the watercolor paper, I later learned that it was not a necessary step as the gel medium will act a a barrier between the wood and the paper as you want to avoid the acidity of the wood to come in contact with the acid free paper.

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How to adhere paper to wood

Apply the heavy gel on the board being careful to spread it evenly and along all the borders and corners.

How to adhere paper to wood

Then place the watercolor on the board and use a speedball brayer to make sure you don’t leave any bubble under the paper.

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How to adhere paper to wood

Leave the gel to dry overnight, if possible with a heavy pexiglass sheet on top, you could use glass or a lighter sheet of pexiglass and put some weight on it. If you don’t have any glass or pexiglass you can put some weight on the corners so they don’t curl up while drying, or place the board face down on a clean surface.

How to adhere paper to wood

Let everything to dry overnight.

How to adhere paper to wood

Then trim the sides with an x-acto knife. The sides can also be sanded if needed.

I did also experiment with lighter papers, like a drawing paper ( 90 lb), the same method is working well although I did get a few wrinkles, especially in the corners.