Scroll Saw Patterns
Many times we create projects that require lettering or could use a little something extra to make them stand out. While we always have the option of painting on these graphics, we know that hand painting that can sometimes be tedious and time-consuming. Other times, we may want to add something to the background of our to make them more interesting, but we just don't know where to start and don't feel that our artistic abilities are up to par. So where do we turn?
A few weeks ago, I saw a video made by my friend Steve Ramsey of Woodworking for Mere Mortals (http://www.woodworkingformeremortals.com/) which had a wonderful answer to that question. In his video, he showed how easy it could be to transfer any computer image to a wood or painted project using your own home inkjet printer. Steve's demonstration used the leftover backing paper from common labels to transfer any image he printed onto any project he chose. I had read how you can transfer images using a laser printer, but not only did that limit you to using black images, but you usually needed to head to your local office supply or printer to obtain the copy of the image. But with Steve's method, because you use your home printer, you are able to transfer both color and black and white images without having to run to your local office supply or copy store to use a laser printer. (You can watch the video on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/Zq2O66QGCwg )
I was fascinated by this method, and thought that it would be great to incorporate it into my Hare Garden Marker project. While I liked the idea of using the waste backing from label sheets, I experimented with a couple of other types of paper and found what I feel is an even better way to use the process in our projects. The label backing sheets worked fine, but I found that I couldn't see exactly where I was applying the image. I thought about it a bit and I found that using clear sheet protectors worked just as well. Since they were transparent , I was able to place the image exactly where I needed it to be. Not only that - but I found that they were more readily available and cheaper to use, as you didn't have to waste or use a full sheet of labels in order to try different things. I found sheet protectors at my local Staples store for about $6 for 25 sheets. They are even on sale now as I write this article for just $2 for a pack of 25. I am sure that you are able to find them just about anywhere at similar prices.
Following is the step-by-step process that I used to transfer the names for the cute Hare Garden Markers (SLD453)
Materials & Supplies
- Clear sheet protector (light weight will do)
- Plain piece of paper
- Inkjet Printer
- Painter's masking tape
- Paper towel, small cosmetic sponge, or soft cloth
- Clear Matte spray finish or Krylon Workable Fixatif
- Scan in or cue up the image you wish to print on your computer in your photo editing program. Check your printer to be sure that it prints multi-media. I have a cheap (under $100) Canon Pixma printer and it prints card stock and thicker material from the back tray, so I thought it would be best to use that. I experimented with several printer settings, and found that printing on "Glossy Paper - High" worked the best for me. I strongly encourage you to try different settings on your own printer to achieve a finished look that you desire. Since the sheet protectors are so inexpensive, it is well worth the time and materials to do this so that the finished project comes out how you like it.
What is nice about this is that there are so many wonderful graphics that you can use that the possibilities are just about endless. One great place to find many wonderful free to use and royalty free pictures and graphics is The Graphics Fairy online. The web address for them is http://thegraphicsfairy.com/. They have thousands of beautiful color and monotone images that can be used on backgrounds, for lettering or just about anything else you can think of. You could even try using pictures of your friends and families and printing them on wood with a beautiful scrolled frame!
I hope you enjoyed this short tutorial and give this process a try. I really think that it will open the door to many different ways of creating with your scroll saw!
Remember to stop by Steve's Woodworking for Mere Mortals site at http://www.woodowrkingformeremortals.com - not only to see the video, but also to see the hundreds of wonderful SIMPLE projects that he offers. Steve makes a new video each week and his ideas are not only practical, but also fun and easy. Be sure to sign up for his weekly newsletter as well. There is always something fun and easy to learn!