How to make wood burned ombre alphabet art

I am in love with the ombre effect, especially in art. Wood burning is an easy way to make an ombre effect. For this art project I chose one of my favorite art themes, letters, to use the ombre wood burning technique on. All that is needed is the point tip on the wood burning tool and you too can make an ombre effect on any wood surface.

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Materials and Tools

1.5″ Wooden Letters A-Z and &

Basswood Canvas – 12″ x 12″

Creative Versa Tool

Ruler

Thin strip of wood

Glue

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I arranged the letters on the Basswood canvas and included an ampersand.

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Once I had them arranged I glued them down using a scrap of wood as a guide in between rows.

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Then all that was left to do was make lots and lots of dots with the wood burning tool. The row of letters on top were almost completely filled with dots and then they were spread out a bit more for each row until the bottom row was loosely dotted. This image shows the letters about 1/2 filled in from the final. The process was a bit like needle felting.

Walnut Hollow is having a sale! Click the image below to take 20% off the hot tools and hot tool accessories so you can make projects like the one above that Abby created today:

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Thanks for taking time to check out this wood burning tutorial and if you’d like to see more of my crafting with a re-purpose and adult coloring pages pop on over to my blog Sweater Surgery.

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Stefanie Girard is a crafter with a re-purpose. She has been cutting stuff up since she was old enough to hold a pair of scissors in her tiny hands. She earned her degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and move to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry first as a Set Decorator and Prop Master then onto TV Producer specializing in How-To TV shows for HGTV and the DIY Networks. After writing 5 craft books for the Quarto Publishing Group she now spreads the crafty word online through book reviews and original projects with a focus on recycled elements.

How to make a charging station cord box

Charging Station cord box, Stefanie Girard, Walnut Hollow

With the new school year season upon us thoughts turn to organizing along with new supplies and books.

We all have electronics as a part of out lives that need to be charged and it’s confession time for me…this is what my electronic charging area looks like:

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Can you say, “oy”!? Well Walnut Hollow boxes to the rescue!

If your world looks like mine read on for the tutorial on how to make a charging station cord box.

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Supplies and Tools:

1 Basswood Classic Box 3219

Professional Rotary Tool 29637

Drill bits

White Paint

Brush

Circle template

Pencil

Sand paper and sanding bits

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Determine the sizes of the holes based on your cord widths and the number of holes you need.

If your cords and electronics are larger choose another size Walnut Hollow Box to accommodate your charging cord needs.

How to drill holes in a box, hide charging cords

Draw the necessary holes and the cross line marks. Drill holes in the box by aligning the tip of the drill bit on the center of the crossed lines.

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Once you have all your holes drilled sand the edges with the  Professional Rotary Tool.

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For a final touch I painted the box white for a clean tidy look. I sanded the edges again after the paint was dry for a slight “shabby chic” look.

I hope you’ll try making a charging station box to tidy up your world of electronic cable madness.

Thanks for taking time to check out this tutorial and if you’d like to see more of my crafting with a re-purpose and adult coloring pages pop on over to my blog Sweater Surgery.

Stefanie Girard with scissors

Stefanie Girard is a crafter with a re-purpose. She has been cutting stuff up since she was old enough to hold a pair of scissors in her tiny hands. She earned her degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and move to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry first as a Set Decorator and Prop Master then onto TV Producer specializing in How-To TV shows for HGTV and the DIY Networks. After writing 5 craft books for the Quarto Publishing Group she now spreads the crafty word online through book reviews and original projects with a focus on recycled elements.

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Summer Camp Printed Box with Woodburned Stamps

This printed box is made with a card box, woodburned stamps and DecoArt American Acrylic neon paints. The box is meant to hold keepsakes reminiscent of summer camp. I never stayed at a formal summer camp, but I went camping at a … Continue reading

Father’s Day Wood Burned USA Road Trip Map

For Father’s Day, I created a wood burned USA road trip map for my husband. We have been on many road trips as a family. From short day trips, to days long driving with many overnight stops, we love to … Continue reading

Life is Good

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Indeed…….Life is Good!

40255When you see the Hinged Sign in a craft store for purchase this is what it will look like. It’s covered with plastic wrap and includes a little label showing you it can be used 2 ways.Walnut-Hollow-Hinged-Sign


I have created 2 projects here to show you both ways.

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The first project is a made to look like a little “sandwich board”.

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Using DecoArt® Americana® Indian Turquoise acrylic paint with Americana® Clear Chalkboard paint over the top of it. When you apply the Clear Chalkboard coating over any acrylic paint it simply turns the surface into chalkboard. Great product!

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Once all the paints were thoroughly dry, I adhered washi tape around the outside edges of the chalkboard area. Use a Marvy/Uchida® Bistro Chalk Marker to write any saying.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnother way to use the Hinged Sign is standing on the side. It can be used in many ways, but this time I made it as a frame for pet photos.

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Adhere decorative paper to the raw wood leaving a small frame of raw wood showing. Mount your photos onto a matching cardstock paper and adhere it to the decorative paper. Adding a few “X’s” and “O’s” makes a finishing touch of color and meaning to the photos. We love our pets!

 

 

Basswood Canvas vs. Wood Panels

Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Thinking that we should talk about specific Walnut Hollow products now and again, I decided it would be a good idea to discuss the differences between 2 products we manufacture – Basswood Canvas and Wood Panels.

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They look quite similar if you see them in a photo or even on a shelf in a craft store.

However, they are actually very different. I don’t really have a favorite, I just choose one over the other depending on what I am creating.

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Let’s start with the Wood Panels. They are made from top-quality Baltic Birch and are cradled with a ¾” pine wood frame. They are sanded smooth and the Panels won’t flex, stretch or warp.

I enjoy creating on the front side. They can be treated just like any wood plaque – here are a few samples:

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Ellaweese (that’s the birds name!) was perfect for the Panel and since the Panel is smooth it was so easy to paint on. I used acrylics, but oils, encaustics, mists or any type of paints work very well on the Panel surface. You can also decoupage, stamp, create mixed media pieces, etc. The other Wood Panel was created like a scrapbook page. I always think that scrapbook pages inside of an album won’t be seen often. It’s fun to put something that you would secure in a closed album up on the wall instead.

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The reverse side of the Wood Panel is also great to use. The way that the cradle pieces are positioned to support the Balitic Birch, meitered corners are created and look like a frame. The recessed area allows for lots of creativity. The Friends Forever project made a perfect frame for photos of young girlfriends. The “Life is too short” project was created with ICE Resin and the inside area was perfect to hold the liquid ICE Resin until it dried to a beautiful finish.

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As for the Basswood Canvas pieces, the high-quality surfaces are ideal for fine art, encaustic art, fiber & paper collage, wood burning, wood carving and much more. Each Canvas is made from ¼” premium Basswood, cradled by a 1 ½” pine wood frame. The smooth surface is archival quality with no pitch or grain to interfere with techniques and will not flex, stretch or warp.

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Whether you are creating a project with Elizabeth Crafts Peel-Offs (Cherries) or wood burning as in the Zentangle-inspired piece, the surface is wonderful for many techniques: oil painting, paper crafting, wood burning, wood carving, encaustic art – or drill a hole in the center and make a clock!

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Marie Browning, a wonderful friend and designer, created this project by using the reversed side of a Basswood Canvas. It became a shadow box ready to hold a photo and many beautiful embellishments.

There are a couple of similarities with the products. Both the Basswood Canvas and Wood Panels are reversible and can be used with or without a frame. Both styles come in rectangle and square shapes. Another great feature is that they are easy to hang flush to the wall. And finally, they are Made in America – just like all of our fine wood products.

So, what would you like to use – a Basswood Canvas or a Wood Panel? Do you have a favorite?

 

 

 

 

 

Rustic Gameboard

Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

This is just the right project if you need a quick and easy Gameboard for a gift or for your own family to use.

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I started with a blank Basswood Country Plank and left it just that way – without painting it at all.

I chose the papers I wanted to use and made sure that I had a definite contrast in the papers – think traditional checkerboards with red and black. Once I had the papers picked out, I cut them into 1 ¼” squares – you’ll need 64 of them.

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Working from the center of the wood Plank, I started gluing my paper squares into place until I had 8 rows across and 8 rows down. I use Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the squares. 

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Adhere the longer strips of decorative papers to the top and bottom of the Plank. To add a special touch I added Decorivets from Vintaj over the paper. Just use a mallet or small hammer to attach the prongs on the Decorivets to the wood through the paper.

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The last thing I did was to spray the game pieces – stars. I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists  in colors to match the papers used. Once the pieces were dry on one side, I flipped them over and sprayed the other side. It was easy to cover the edges with the mist too.

No need to put this Gameboard away when not being used. It’s a decorative piece that can stay out all the time! A nice way for your family to spend more time together.