In case you were thinking of doing an image transfer onto balsa wood using Mod Podge, I tested three different methods for you.

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Method One: Inkjet print coated with Elmers; Balsa coated with Mod Podge. Smoosh together and leave overnight.

Result: Worked fine but it didn’t look quite right until it was dry, so I didn’t realize it turned out until a few days later. Also, the Elmers warps the wood. The colors are bright and the glue is glossy.

Method Two: Inkjet print coated with Mod Podge. Smoosh to balsa and leave overnight.

Result: FAIL.

Method Three: Laserjet print (from a photocopy at Staples) coated with Mod Podge. Smoosh to balsa and leave overnight.

Result: Worked fine. Colors are less bright than with Elmers. Matte finish. No warping. Image seems to be more a part of the wood rather than something that sits on top of it.

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