I've been wanting to try Omni Gel after seeing a few pins about it on Pinterest and after reading about it in the blogosphere (Susan from Homeroad and Karen from The Graphics Fairy both have nice tutorials on using it). I found it at Walmart.com and decided to give it a go.
This is actually a re-do of a re-do. I used this little wood tray on my porch last summer. It had a lobster design on it but that peeled off. Doh! It made the perfect candidate for this trial run. I gave it a few coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint before starting.
I printed out the French image (from The Graphics Fairy) onto regular white paper. Because I have an inkjet printer, I made a copy of it using my fax machine. (Yes, fax machine. Remember those?!). I did NOT reverse the image.
I gave the image two coats of Omni Gel and let it dry overnight. Once it was dry, I added it to a bowl of water and just started peeling the paper away from the back - kind of like the Modge Podge method. With the paper removed, I added the image to both sides of my tray and put a coat of the gel over it.
Super easy! I like this much better than the Modge Podge method, which I just can't seem to master. Can't wait to use it for other projects!