Saturday, August 11, 2018

Painted Driftwood Fish

Painted Driftwood Fish - Fish #1

I've collected a few great pieces of driftwood that look like fish. I've decided to paint them to use as decoration in my yard. Here, I take you through the process.

Step 1: Find the perfect piece of driftwood. This is the hardest part!
Step 2: Place on a piece of craft paper and trace the shape.
Step 3: Draw your design on the paper and cut out.
 
Step 4: Adhere your drawing to the piece of driftwood with a couple dots of double stick tape to hold it in place.
Step 5: Slide a piece of black or white trace paper under your drawing. With a blunt object, trace the design onto the driftwood.

Step 6: Now select your colors and paint.
Step 7: Admire your handiwork!

I have two more driftwood pieces that will become fish. Stay tuned.


 


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Easy Painted Wood Sign

For those of us that have no natural drawing ability, I want to share an easy way to make a sign. This is what you'll need:
Piece of wood
Computer/printer
Tape
Graphite Paper with blunt tracer
Acrylic paints/brushes

Decide what your design will include and then go online to find the various elements i.e. letters and clip art. Select a font you like and then create a Word or Publisher document placing the letters as you'd like to paint them in the desired size. Select your clip art and size the images as appropriate and print these out as well.

Tape these elements to the piece of wood arranged per your design.
Now, using the graphite paper and blunt tracer, trace the letters and images onto your piece of wood.

Now you can color in all of your elements with your selected paints. And that's it!




Monday, May 22, 2017

Natural Canvas Pillow Collection

I've been getting back into cross-stitching again. I find it fun and relaxing. I designed a few pillows I could stitch relatively quickly and I wanted to work in neutrals. I also found this great canvas that once I brought it home and washed it, it became super comfy and soft. Here are some images of work in progress:                                                                            



What could be more fun to stitch than footprints, flip flops and fish! Ha, ha. I like how they turned out:


They look great together too! These pillows are now all available in  My Etsy Shop.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Anchors Away Nautical Pillow

 
Counted cross stitch on burlap creates these two nautical pillows. The red anchor and white stars are stitched on a natural burlap, while the yellow anchor and stars are stitched on a bright blue burlap. Both are surrounded by strips of coordinated color cotton to form a 'frame' around the burlap. These were very fun to make. The design is a quick stitch project.
 
This fun pattern and many others with a nautical theme are available through Annette Eriksson's Etsy shop here.

Anchors Away Nautical Pillow

 
Counted cross stitch on burlap creates these two nautical pillows. The red anchor and white stars are stitched on a natural burlap, while the yellow anchor and stars are stitched on a bright blue burlap. Both are surrounded by strips of coordinated color cotton to form a 'frame' around the burlap. These were very fun to make. The design is a quick stitch project.
 
This fun pattern and many others with a nautical theme are available through Annette Eriksson's Etsy shop here.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Driftwood Signs Beach and Lake

Every now and then I find a piece of driftwood that is just the perfect size and shape that is screaming to be a sign! That was the case with these two pieces of wood -- BEACH and LAKE.

I was able to order wood letters from this great Etsy shop in Arizona https://www.etsy.com/shop/azwoodlady. Last year for Christmas I bought a saw for my husband so he could cut letters for me....did I mention I ordered these from AZWOODLADY....never mind, that's another story for another time!

I used two colors of paint on these letters. For BEACH I used the blue as the base and covered it with an aqua, then sanded/distressed it to pull some of the blue forward. For LAKE, I did the opposite. I then added a paste wax and buffed it out.

I just love the color and depth of the signs. Just a fun little addition to any ones beach or lake house. See the signs in my Etsy store here.


Muskegon Sailboat Project

I love how this project turned out. See all the details below.


I received a note via Etsy asking if I could customize the head sail on a driftwood sailboat. I responded 'most likely send me a picture.' This is what I received!
 
Woo, that wasn't what I expected. I thought maybe the sail had a blue stripe on it or something. At first I thought 'no way' but then I started to study it a bit further. I was asked to make two. Luckily I had two pieces of driftwood nearly the same size but they faced opposite ways. So I started by drawing out the colors and then creating a mirror image of the drawing. I then cut out each of the pieces.

 
I was able to find batik fabric which I think looks a lot like water color painting in all of the colors I needed.
 
 
Then I drew the warrior facing both directions and cut him out of black fabric.
 
 
I fused and appliqued all of the colors on to the sail and here's the final product!
 

 
This was a very fun, challenging project. The sailboats are gifts to two children who lost their father. This was the head sail on his boat. It was a pleasure to be a part of preserving his memory.