These feelings about handwriting and my mom's letters are what has sparked an idea I have been working on and I am excited to share it with you. I saw something on Pinterest that was a technique using wood burning to transfer old recipes onto bread boards. I thought, what a great idea for preserving my mom's handwriting from old recipes she has written me. But, I don't have a lot of room for hanging things in my kitchen, so I pondered this idea further. Then, I thought, what if I copied old handwriting off of the backs of pictures and and wood burned them onto the front of the wooden frame, thus showing the handwriting and who was in the photo at the same time. I even bought a wood burner and started to practice. It is a lot of work copying someone's handwriting precisely, which makes me glad that I didn't try an entire recipe! Then I saw this idea and that is when it all came together! I decided that I can take my mom's letters and use the printing on wax paper transfer method to put her words onto my frames.
I found that the waxed paper technique will print on bare wood or paint just as well. I painted or stained my frames. ( I stained by using very watered down acrylic paint, washing it on the wood and then rubbing it off.) While they dried, I worked on printing my letters.
When I say "worked", I do not use the word lightly! Hopefully I can save you some time here.
1. First, scan your letters onto your computer.
2. Use Picmonkey or some other program to turn your image 180 degrees, or mirror image.
3. Save this image to your computer.
4. Cut wax paper to the size of your printer paper. Tape the wax paper at the top edge, the edge that will feed into your computer first, of a piece of regular computer paper. This will help it feed and not bunch in your computer. Think of it like printing on fabric and attaching it to freezer paper.
5. Feed the paper into your printer. My printer takes the paper in upside down, so be mindful of how your paper prints. As it comes out, do not touch the ink or it will smear. It stays wet on the wax, so that is why this works,
I can think of a million more ideas using this technique and I am sure that I will perfect it more as I go, but so far this idea is my favorite. What ideas do you have for using this technique? I would love to hear them.