Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Faux Pallet Art

I am loving all the pallet wood signs I see everywhere!! I used all my old pallet for other art projects and when I found another pallet to take apart, the wood really splintered badly. But I wanted to make new pallet art!!  However, when I was at Home Depot that day, they had 70% off wood bin.  There was a TON of scrap wood in the bin but it all had bends or twists in the pieces. So I bought the ones that has at least a couple of feet that were straight to make a faux pallet wood project.  I think it turned out great!!  

First I took the wood pieces and cut them on my circular saw to the size that I wanted to use. Then I nailed all the pieces to 2 cross posts on the the back of the wood slats. ( Although, I need to add a third for stability, I just haven't had a chance to revist the project.)  I used some weathered gray stain to give the wood a less 'brand-new' wood look and I really liked the gray.


Finally, I hand painted on the dandelions.  They were fun and easy to do.

 Maybe like this ... I keep changing it up ... it needs something but I haven't figured it out yet!!

Overall, it looks good on the mantel. I need to change up the accessories around it, but that is fun to do!!  So, $4.00 later - faux pallet art!!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #10

Oh boy, do we have a fun Challenge for you all this month sponsored by Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft!!  (And .... an awesomly fun prize!!) For challenge #10, at the Mixed Media Challenge blog, we are doing birds of feather ... anything birds!!  So make sure to cruise on over to the challenge page and check out this month's challenge ... and if you do join in .... you could possiblly win a Gelatos Prize pack - there are 2 prizes this month!! C'mon, join in ... click here .... you can do it!!

Here is my project for this month's challenge ... my little bird sitting in her nest ... I had So much fun making this one!!  It was messy and I got to use a lot of little pieces of embellishment pieces that were sitting around looking for a home!  I also framed my canvas ... which makes it look like a real piece of art!

I started it by painting down some teal and white paint onto an 11x14 canvas!  I was going for an ombre look ... it worked kinda!


 I glued down a brown paper bag piece for the branch.  I left it nice and wrinkly for lots of good texture!!

And then I began building my nest ... SO much fun!! Burlap, old sticky leaf, branch pieces ... 

 I felt like the nest needed something that looked a little bit realistic.  I pulled out my stash of Linnie Bloom canvas pieces because I knew I had some leaves in there ... and sprayed them up!

I finished up my nest .... 

And then I made my cutie little bird ....

Finally, I put her in her nest! Doodled, added a little bit of fun around the canvas and tried I also framed my canvas ... fun frame totally re-purposed from Goodwill and spray painted silver!

So, come to the Mixed Media Challenge Blog and play along!! I promise you ... just trying to make something for the challenge will fun - and you just never know what you can create!!