I think I have a problem, I LOVE BURNING ! I am exploring various burning techniques to add to my art. I have in the past used a micro torch for one of my pieces, (Live Life in Full Color). On that piece I burned the grain prior to doing anything with it. Sometimes I get my inspiration out of accidental or experimental techniques. This is the case on this piece.
I had sanded down a few pieces of fairly unweathered pallet wood, (with my new belt sander), cut, stained and put them together. I wanted to do a few inspirational pieces and of course Pinterest was the vehicle. The stain I used for my base was a vinegar stain I had let “cook” for almost two weeks. Once dry I lightly sprayed with an ivory paint, then the metallic paint, and finally with the sea blue. I let that set overnight and then lightly sanded with a 120 grit sand paper. I then selectively burned the various areas of the grain. The piece below is a picture of the second piece I’m working on but exactly the same stains and spray paints.
Once I was satisfied with the burning, ( SO MUCH FUN), I started my piece. I first chose my font and added it to the Word Art using PowerPoint. This is a great way to get the size you want. I then saved it to a PDF file and printed showing the cut marks. I positioned it on the boards and traced the font carefully with carbon paper. I used the acrylic paint markers to color the lettering which you can get at most craft stores, I got mine at Walmart. I used a dark green and over top I used the white.
Next I painted on a fancy branch and added the three silhouette birds, I then added my yellow bird. I cut out some tine I had left from a previous project to add to the wing. I also used some buttons I had to the branch. I glued all on with Gorilla glue.
Here’s a couple of things that didn’t work well together. Gel pen and brush on clear coat. I used a gel pen to outline some of the lettering as well for the eye and nose on the yellow bird. When I was brushing on the clear coat I noticed the streaking but by then it was too late and I continued on. Lesson learned. If I had used a spray on it probably wouldn’t have happened. However I like the look of a brush on clear coat rather than a spray on. Or at least I haven’t found the right spray product that enhances the grain in the wood like a brush on.
The streaking didn’t bother the person that fell in love with this piece and bought it. I discounted it non the less because it bothered me.
Let me know what you think or I am always happy to have suggestions.