Let me back up... I am testing different inexpensive methods of printing up and displaying photos so that I can create a few art installations at my church. The church has an abundance of really talented photographers and my friend Phil, who is the pastor, thought it would be neat to do a project where we documented the faces and experiences of our little church family. I am probably going to print up a number of photos onto gallery-wrapped canvas for the church office, but for Sunday mornings (which happen in an elementary school lunchroom.... meaning we have to set up and tear down every week), I want to do something durable, different, and earthy. Hence, why I finally decided to try printing a photo onto a piece of wood.
If or when I do it for the church, I will probably cut and prep my own blocks of wood out of scraps or a plank, but for my experiment, I bought a pre-packaged wood block and a pre-packaged slice of a tree stump at Joann's. I printed up two photos of my kids that my friend Erin shot several weeks ago. They are both black and white. I won't detail every step of the project, but on one of the wood blocks I used way too much gel medium and so there are these weird gummy spots on the surface of the wood now that it is dry. So, fail on that one. But on the tree stump, I must have used a lighter hand with the gel medium and the photo adhered perfectly. The only thing is that the photo wasn't quite wide enough to fill the whole area of the wood, so the edges of the photo don't extend across the whole piece of wood on the sides. That, I don't care for, so next time I'll make sure the photo is wide enough to cover the whole piece of wood.
So, here is why I am writing this post... I can't decide... is this tacky? I feel like it might be cool and I kind of like it, but then there's part of me that is reminded of some wooden religious wall hanging from the 80's. I don't know. I'd love some feed back on this. I am trying another printing on the back side of the piece that didn't do so well... this time with a color copied photo.