Hi everybody,

I am thinking to make a drawing or glue a picture or something on the box.

I have heard that some people glue a picture on the wood, but without the paper...they sort of "print" it on wood.

Does anybody make drawings or print pictures on the box??

All suggestions are welcome.

Thanks brothers!!

Regards Martin

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Martin, I haven't done it on a guitar yet, but I have transferred images to other projects using waxed paper and a laserjet printer. I've only done it in black and white, assume you could do it in color too. I carefully tape waxed paper to a sheet of printer paper, and after the print is complete quickly apply it to the wood. If you have writing on it you need to invert the image when printing so it comes out correctly on the box. When applying it to the box, lay a towel on the work surface, lay the printed sheet on the towel, then place the cigar box on top and apply some pressure. This helps me avoid smearing things. Also, have the box surface smooth and ideally sealed with some poly or laquer to keep the image sharp. After it has dried, topcoat with spray lacquer or poly (light coats) to protect the image. I wouldn't brush the topcoat, as it might smear the image.

Martin, To add to MadGomer's reply - I've done B/W ink transfer using label sheets. Peel the labels off. Print on the sheet using highest resolution. As MadGomer said - reverse the image before printing. Make sure the surface is sanded and smooth. Carefully turn over place the printed image where you want it. Don't let it shift once on the surface. Use a credit card or similar to force the ink onto the surface, working from center out to edges. let dry. Spray a topcoat on. brushing WILL smear it (experienced. My avatar is one I did - its a feline companion image on a 4 stringer I built back in March. Good Luck

I have hear that some builders use old magazines covers. Remember, it’s your box and you can do whatever you want to. I’m always learning new things to do with cigar boxes.

Hi guys,

I found this  and I will try it on the box. It is called a transfermarker. I will post the picture when i am done.Thank you for your time and tips!!

This on is painted on with oils, the second is a photo, printed on plain paper and stuck on

Hey Martin,

I won't repost them all here, but here's a link to my third build which has a hand drawn top. So far I've done some type of (hand drawn) art on every build I've completed except for No. 1. In the case of No. 2 and No. 3, I spray-painted the box with a base coat first (standard glossy spray paint). After this, I roughed out a sketch with pencil, then traced in paint pen, erasing the pencil sketch afterwards. Finally after I colored it all with the same paint pens and used a glossy spray to protect the artwork.

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