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Where Has The Time Gone – WOODn’t You Like To Know!

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Where Has The Time Gone – WOODn’t You Like To Know!

A month into 2016, where has the time gone? I have been busy these last months, so thought I would give an update while I have a spare moment. 

I had my first solo art show at a small local art gallery here in PEI. That kept me busy for most of the Fall and into December getting ready for it. It’s a lot of work!! My show ran from January 5th and will be done February 12th. Though I don’t think I will do another one any time soon, it was a great experience!

Check out a few of my pieces!

“The Root”, is carved out of a spruce root I found in my back woods. The face carved in it is a version of the Green Man, a type of spirit of the forest. Click on picture to zoom and see better detail. Size is 6 foot wide and 4 feet tall. 

  
“Sails”, is a representation of the many ship sails in the Atlantic Ocean. Each piece was hand carved and painted. Medium birch, mounted on canvas, 16″ x 20″. 

  
“Moon Crescents”, birch bark container. Embellished with different colored birch bark in the shape of moon crescents and stitching. Handle is natural spruce root. Size 14″ high, 9″ wide at base. 

  
There are many foxes found on PEI, my love and fascination of them inspired these next pieces. 

“Fox”, mixed media (birch bark, acrylics). I used the natural color variations of birch bark to create this collage, accented with acrylics. Matted 8″ x 10″. 

  
“Sleeping Under The Moon”, mixed media (birch bark, acrylics). Again I used the color variations of the bark to create this piece. Matted 8″ x 10″. 

  

“Owl Watching”, mixed media (birch bark, acrylics). Inspired by a Barred Owl my husband got a picture of last winter that was sitting outside our house. Canvas, 16″ x 20″. 

  

Once the opening of my show was completed, I took a few days off, then started on my next endeavor! Opening an Etsy shop!!

So I have been busy carving up a storm, and sorting out all the little details of opening an online shop. Making inventory, buying shipping and packaging supplies, marketing materials, and creating social media accounts (check out my Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/eastcoastwoodenware/). Then there is the whole process of the actual online shop, making it look pretty and having all the information it needs! Needless to say life has been a little crazy!!

I’m just about ready to open, it will be called, East Coast Woodenware. It will mainly be hand carved wooden spoons, from the basic to the more intricately decorated spoons.  

So stay tuned for my big announcement in the next few days for my grand opening!!

DISTRESSED PICTURE FRAMES – What’s New is Old

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Distressed Frame 4

“Say C-H-E-E-S-E”!  You take the perfect picture, and you want a special way to frame and display it.  So, you go to the store and search and search, but cannot find what you want.  Instead, why don’t you make it yourself?

I like the look of antiqued distressed items; they just seem to have a certain appeal to me.  It is like they are full of wisdom and knowledge of the past.  Well, you can create this look without having to wait 50 years!

For this project, I went to a dollar store and found two picture frames that were solid wood.  Sometimes this is hard to find now-a-days, but if you cannot find at a dollar store, go to a thrift store, you will find all sorts of picture frames.

Next pick out some colors you like, as this project is a layered color look.  It is to resemble an aged piece that has had many layers of paint over the years.  I went with a bright yellow, red and turquoise.  You can use craft paint for this project, which you can find at any dollar or craft store.

What you need for this project:

  • Wood picture frame
  • Three colors of craft paint
  • Small / medium paint brush
  • Crackle medium
  • Sand paper
  • Metal drywall spatula or old table knife

 

Distressed Frame 1

 

Take the back off the frame and take out glass, set off to the side someplace where they won’t get broken!  If there is a finish on the wood frame, give it a light sanding.  Wipe off any dust with a damp cloth.

Start with the lightest color of your choice, in my case I chose yellow.  Because I was going over brown, I had to do two coats to give a nice solid coverage.  To speed up the drying process between coats, you can use a hair dryer on a low speed (I do, just don’t have the patients to wait).  It is up to you if you want to paint the back of the frame as well, I did.

 

Distressed Frame 2

 

Then choose what color you want to show through the cracks, and what color will be the main outside color.  I choose red to be the next color, with the final color being turquoise.  I found that I only needed one coat of the red over the yellow.  I was not 100% full coverage, but it is only really coming through the cracks (it’s distressed, so it’s not supposed to be perfect).

Next take your Crackle medium, and put on one coat evenly over frame.  The thicker the coat, the larger the cracks will be, the thinner the layer, the smaller the cracks will be.  I seemed to have some areas where I put a little more medium on it and others where I put less, so I have a variety of crack sizes.

If you do not have any Crackle medium, or cannot find any in your local craft store, try white glue.  For larger cracks, paint on the glue full strength – and for smaller cracks, water it down with 1 part water to 3 parts white glue.  Use the same method as you would with the Crackle medium.

Finally you put your last color on!  When painting over Crackle medium, you can only paint one coat, and cannot brush over the same spot more than once, or it will not work.  So load your brush with a generous amount of paint and cover an area with one swipe.  Continue until the whole frame is done.  Then the magic happens, I love this part.  Again, I am not patient, so I use the hair dryer.  As it dries, the cracks start to appear!

Once fully dry, you will start sanding the edges and corners.  Try to sand down to the first color you painted, so that it will peek out.  In my case, I got little pops of yellow coming out.  Now you can leave it here, but I took it a step further.  I took a metal drywall spatula, and start to scrap and chip away at random areas on frame to make it further aged and distressed.  Some areas I went down to the raw wood.

If you want, you can finish it with a clear sealer.  I chose not to, as I like the matte look to it.  Take your favorite picture and put it in the frame, and display for all to admire your crafty skills!

 

Distressed Frame 3

Enjoy!!

Welcome to my blog!

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Well here goes, post number one!  I just want to start off by letting you know a bit about myself and what this blog is all about.  As I have a short attention span, it will be a little of everything.

My first topic I will be covering will be the renovation of my house.  I will be starting in my Living Room, and working my way through the rest of my house.

I will also be sharing some of my art, as I enjoy wood carving and water color painting.  I also dabble in many other mediums, and will give some tips and tricks as I go.

Food, who doesn’t like food?!  I do!  Especially baking, yummy chocolate!  Anyways … refocus … I will be sharing my trials and tribulations as they are created and eaten, and share a few recipes too.

This is my confession now, I am no Martha Stewart, and probably will never be.  I do like to have fun, be creative, and of course “rant like a crazy woman”!