Take Flight Wall Art by Marie Browning

Once again our friend, Marie, has done an outstanding job designing on one of Walnut Hollow’s new basswood surfaces. The Silhouette Plaques include a circle and square as well as the bird featured in Marie’s mixed media creation.

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This mixed media plaque mixes decoupage, beadwork, and color washing to create a decorative bird themed art plaque. The bird silhouette plaque is ready-made, smooth and a perfect surface for all these techniques.

 Materials:

  • Walnut Hollow #39745 9” x 12” Silhouette Bird Plaque
  •  Book pages
  •  Bleeding tissue paper – blue hues
  •  Decorative cardstock – black and white patterned
  •  Black dye inkpad, clean, dry stencil brush
  •  Acrylic paint – Sample used Americana Colors Honey Brown, Burnt Orange and Medium Flesh
  •  Acrylic Extender medium
  •  Sandpaper – 150 grit
  •  Decoupage medium – matte finish
  •  Twigs
  •  1/2” finishing nails
  •  Plastic Egg
  •  Natural colored excelsior or Spanish moss
  •  White glue
  •  Beads – various sizes, matching colors
  • Wing charms

Create the Background

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 Add any hanging hardware to the back of the plaque before decorating.

Tear the book pages into large pieces and decoupage them to the plaque. Try to find a book that reflects your theme, for example, the sample used a book on birds that adds a few illustrations to the background. Don’t worry about creating wrinkles in the pages, they will add an interesting texture. Apply a coat of decoupage medium to the top and let dry.

When dry, sand the edges smooth around the edge and the inside of the cut bird.

Pour out the acrylic colors onto your palette. Add the extender to the colors in a 50/50 mix. Mix well to create a translucent glaze.  Apply the colored glaze to the background, slapping the colors on randomly. You should still be able to see the print under the glaze. Let the surface dry.

With the sandpaper, sand the surface to reveal the wrinkled texture and create an interesting background.

Prepare the Tissue Paper Pieces

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Tear the bleeding tissue paper into 3 to 4” pieces. Layer the different colors on a piece of white paper and spritz with water. Let dry completely. When dry, the tissue paper colors have run together and created very interesting muted colors with a subtle design.

Cut the flying bird from the tissue paper  (you can cut through many layers at once) and decoupage onto your surface using the decoupage medium. You can also cut and decoupage the larger birds on with the tissue paper to create a shadow in the final piece.

I also generated some text on the computer, printed it out and decoupaged it to the surface. You can alternately use stamped or stickers to add a saying or journaling.

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Decoupage on Bird Silhouettes

Use the bird patterns and cut out the birds from the decorative paper. Distress all the edges on the bird using the black ink pad and a stencil brush. Decoupage the birds in place using the decoupage medium. Paint the edges around the surface and the inside of the cut bird using the Burnt Orange acrylic paint. When dry, apply a finishing coat of the decoupage medium over the entire surface and edges. Let dry completely.

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Finishing Touches

Hammer the twigs in place using the finishing nails. Pour a little white glue over the excelsior and mix in with your fingers. Place the excelsior inside the bird cutout and nestle the plastic egg in the excelsior. Let dry. If needed, add more white glue to make the nest and egg secure.

Thread the beads onto jewelry wire and add the charms to the ends. Drape the beads over the twigs and secure where needed with finishing nails.

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Walnut Hollow/Tombow Blog Hop Day 3

Today is the third day we are sharing projects and ideas using Tombow® products. We are also having a week-long contest with the grand prize of products from Tombow and Walnut Hollow.

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To put your name in the basket, you will need to do two things:

  1. Leave a comment here on our Blog. The more days you comment the more chances you have to win!
  2. “Like” us on Facebook.

Each day we will randomly chose a finalist and chose a winner from those finalists on the last day. The winner will be announced here at 1:00 pm (CST) Monday, May 6th.

We’re sending a special thank you to Tombow for asking us to play and create with them!

See the Tombow Design Team/ Bloggers:

Debbie FisherMelissa CashJennie GarciaMarie Browning

Wood Burned Owl with Irojiten Color Pencils

Our customers are going to be so happy when they learn about the beautiful pencils made by Tombow®. They are Irojiten Color Pencils. They work very similarly to the oil color pencils Walnut Hollow® used to make available to our customers. As I said before, when our supplier wouldn’t supply us anymore, our customers reacted in lots of different ways – some shrugged it off, some were sad, some were very, very sad, some were mad, some were cranky…….well, you get the picture. Let’s just say, it wasn’t a good thing. But, we’re passing the word onto our customers about the Irojiten Pencils – the Color Pencils are fantastic and I am happy we can let our customers know where to find them.

For this project I used the Creative Versa-Tool® to wood burn the owl and used the Irojiten Colored Pencils to add color to the wood burning. Enlarge the pattern below and trace it onto the Basswood Country Round. Make sure you read all the instructions on the Creative Versa-Tool package and inside the storage case before you begin wood burning.

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 owl pattern

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Please refer to Monday’s Blog where I described some pencil techniques. I also talked about where to take a terrific online class presented by Tombow and Marie Browning at My Creative Classroom.com.

To add color to the completed wood burning, I began by adding a pencil color all over the owl. This initial color application will help blend all the other colors I will use as I added them individually.  If you use one color under all the other colors, everything will tend to blend a little better for the overall look of the owl.

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I started looking at color photos of owls that I found online, but because I had already wood burned the owl, I knew that I couldn’t make the owl look realistic, so I made it just “my owl” using the pencil colors I wanted to use. Continue blending and adding colors to the eyes, tail, chest, etc. until you achieve the look you like.

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Be careful if you use a brush-on varnish when your project is complete – sometimes the pencil color will smear while you are brushing on the varnish.  My favorite finish is a satin spray varnish. I spray 2-3 coats, drying between each coat to protect the wood burning and the color.

FLY! SING! SOAR! Coat Rack

FLY! SING! SOAR! Coat Rack

Designed by Marie Browning for Walnut Hollow®

Our friend, Marie Browning, is back again to share another creative piece of artwork. She used a new item from Walnut Hollow, a Basswood Country Plank – 23″. It is so fun to open Marie’s shipping boxes when we know one of her projects is inside! This time was no exception.

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This country coat rack is as functional as it is decorative! Perfect for a country decor entranceway or cabin. Simple stamping and decoupage techniques will have you creating and using this piece all in one day.

Supplies:

  • Walnut Hollow #39751  Basswood Country Plank – 23″
  • Decorative cardstock – black and white patterned
  • Black permanent dye inkpad
  • Clean, dry stencil brush
  • 1” high alphabet stamps (alternately you can use an alphabet stencil)
  • Decoupage medium – matte finish
  • 4 small hooks, antique copper finish
  • Pencil, ruler and white eraser

Prepare the plank and add the words

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Add any hanging hardware to the back of the plaque before decorating.

Apply a coat of decoupage medium to the plank surface, including the bark edge. let dry completely.

With the pencil and ruler, mark on your guidelines for the lettering and line the birds will sit on.

Stamp or stencil on the lettering. Use the permanent black pen to draw in the line at the bottom of the plank. Remove any pencil lines using the white eraser.

Decoupage on Bird Silhouettes

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Use the bird patterns and cut out the birds from the decorative paper. Distress all the edges on the bird using the black ink pad and a stencil brush. Decoupage the birds in place using the decoupage medium. When dry, apply a finishing coat of the decoupage medium over the entire surface and edges. Let dry completely.

Finishing

Add the hooks along the line, and in-between the birds.  You are now ready to hang up and use your coat rack!