I decided to use one of the shutters I scored for the Sunflower shutter art I posted previously. I received four beautiful new shutters for that piece. They are taller and made from fir, (approx 12 w X 49 L). All sanded and ready for detail. No need for re-purposing but beautiful canvases for me to design on.
I decided to try the same stain I used on the cedar shutter, which is on my experimental stain post. I stained both sides and once dry I use a wet brush, (a brush dipped in water) and dabbed it with a blue-green latex paint. I don’t recall the color exactly as I had it left over in my many paint supplies and may have mixed it with something else. Once it was dry the color looked a bit similar to the other shutter but I loved the color so that’s always a great start.
I sat staring at it for a couple of days and even picked up my brushes and mixed color to start something and stopped. The feeling wasn’t quite right. Sometimes that’s frustrating but I’ve learned that if I listen to my instincts the results are more satisfying.
I was tending my flower pots in my garden and was admiring some of the flowers I had put in a few of my pots. I started them from bulbs and I think they were some type of Lilly. Being no expert in flowers other than, “oh isn’t that pretty,” I don’t remember what they are called. They have the most beautiful delicate white petals with a purple center. They are not very large as compared to some Lilly’s and grow several on about 3 foot thinner stalks.
I was so entranced with the delicate beauty of the flowers I thought they would be wonderful painted on my shutter. I took some pictures and went back in and stared again at my shutter and thought yes that’s it. I had never painted a Lilly before but I was inspired and that’s all I needed to start.
It took me about three days to complete the painting and then I took another few days deciding if I should add something to it. I decided it would make a nice welcome shutter and set to work placing my words. I then finished off with two coats of Minwax Oil Modified Water based Polyurethane in clear satin. I had left the sides last to clear coat and that’s where I was a little hasty. I didn’t notice I had put a little too much on my brush and when I went back the next day to turn it over it was a bit stuck. Well not so bad if it was the back but it was the front. I carefully checked and there were some noticeable dots of clear coat on one side and a few spots on the edges. I took out my fine sanding block and sanded it down. I didn’t like what I was seeing right away so I sanded down to bare wood and made it look like an antique scuff. People who do art come up with the most unique descriptions some times. I chose a few other spots to add more “antique scuff”, cleaned it with a cloth, and once again gave it a clear coat. I was more careful that time.
Some times things turn out better even if at first it feels like you might have to start over again. I was very happy with the outcome. I had left a fairy open spot on the top as I wanted to finish it off with some sort of embellishment. I decided on a burlap bow which I simply tied on. It can be removed replaced easily without harming the finish. This would be a perfect welcome sign on a beautiful front porch.