Mother's Day...it's a tough holiday. Let's face it. I am a mom, I have a mom and I have a mom-in-law. And, many, many a Mother's Day (particularly when I was a teenager) was spent driving early morning the day of, to get some flowers from the tent in front of the convenient store. Being a mom now has definitely made me more aware of the holiday, but I have been known to, in the recent past, drive to the flower tent the day of...I'm being honest!
But, not this year, no sir! I had a "light bulb" moment about a month ago. It was an unseasonably warm day, so I seized it and took pics of the kids with a chalkboard and the words "We <3 you." I have been wanting to try the wood block transfer with gel medium for a while now. This was just perfect.
They (one for Nonni, one for Grammy) turned out great!!
BUT, not on the first try! Here is a serious word of advice...if you are planning to do this with any kind of text, you MUST make sure the text is written/typed backwards (mirror imaged) or your text on the block will be backwards. I ruined the first two that way...
Here is the actual picture I took.
See, backwards. This way when you put the paper face down on the wood block, it will come out right. I really wish someone would have told me that! :-)
And, for the longer block, I had room to write Happy Mother's Day. (Poor baby girl got a knot of wood in her head - but, you can't win 'em all). :-)
And, here is the one I actually printed...mirror image.
I did this in CS5, so all I did was type my text, click on the "move" tool (plain arrow on left) and click image, image rotation, flip canvas horizontally.
I found a LOT of tutorials on these wood block photo transfers, but this one by PetaPixel is by far my favorite. And, I love the music, too!
So, there you have it!
Now, I am just hoping my mom doesn't decide to read the blog before May 13th! :-/
Hope everyone has a wonderful and fulfilling Mother's Day!