I want to show you guys what I am working on at the moment – a world map stain art piece!! I did this on a 4’x 8′ sheet of plywood with Minwax English Chestnut stain. Since the study is mostly my hubby’s domain, this is what he had in mind for one of our walls! The plan with this guy is to mount it in our recently organised and updated study.
We are (constantly) in the process of working on parts (multiple parts usually) of updating/upgrading or doing some reno’s… I will be so happy once we are at a stage where it becomes fun and games, but as of yet, there are still a few crucial/necessary projects to complete!! For this project I followed a similar procedure as the one I used to create our Kudu Stain piece!
The first part of the project was to get a world map projected onto the plywood in order to trace it. As you can see above I followed an extremely simple setup – I printed a world map onto a letter size paper and traced the outlines with a sharpie marker onto a transparency sheet. Once this was complete I used my cellphone flashlight to project the image onto plywood. Easy-peasy…. and start tracing! (Take note that this is way easier in a very dark area!)
The next day, (I took advantage of hubby being away on a hunting trip), I started the painful task of staining the outlines! This took around 5-6 hours (thankfully I had a whole season of Grey’s Anatomy to keep me company!)… Beware, you might want to look at alternative positions – I lay mine on the floor and shifted around in multiple sitting positions… My knees, hips and elbows were NOT happy!!
The next morning I started the next couple of hours ‘colouring in’ the map with the stain. I used a brush and sponge!! Again, if you have cranky joints, you might want to explore alternate setups!! Once again, a couple hours later and almost through a season of Grey’s I was done with the stain part of the project!
The only thing left now is to seal this piece and mount it in our study!! Super excited to see it in its final position!! Hoping to do all of that this weekend!!
I’ll try and share the end result with you as soon as possible!!
For the guest bedroom I wanted to create something simple to put on the wall… I found this image on Pinterest which I used as a base for my idea (click on image for the source)…. I had some gorgeous stain on hand which I decided to use instead of paint, and so my stain art Kudu was created.
Stef said that he wanted me to do the silhouette of a Kudu (a woodland antelope found in eastern and southern Africa…)(….and a favourite for hunting!) So I searched online for an image of a kudu and I found this (click on image for source)(found on google images):
And so I set off…
The method for creating a piece of stain art is pretty simple. You can follow my thought train in the sequence of images below. I used the same white-washed planks (that I used for my head board) for my backdrop, and I used a normal wood stain for my shades (I used Minwax in English Chestnut shade). I printed off the image the size that I wanted and started drawing the outline and staining from there.
The easiest way to go about this stain art is to lightly outline your picture in pencil. The you start in layers with the darkest parts of your picture first. From there you just layer your stains in order to accomplish the colour and depth that you want! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment!
I just love how the stain blended and created a clear picture!! Super proud of this piece!! We hung it a bit higher on the wall so that it feels as if the Kudu is looking straight at you!! Not quite finished with that corner of the room, but it is getting there!! What do you think??
I really love the texture and raw feel of the wood!! And with the earthy stain… I am really glad that I didn’t just go and paint a black silhouette!! Now it’s your turn to create – and please share your art! I would love to see what you have tried!
When I first heard my friend’s idea to have a couple of us participate in a Paint Nite event for her birthday celebrations, I did not quite know what to expect. I think it is safe to say that all of us were slightly nervous about this whole artistic endeavour. Regardless of the nerves, it was an exciting event and we all set out to paint the masterpiece of all pieces. Here is a link to the website where you can book your spot (opens in new window): Paint Nite
What is Paint Nite?
A fabulous concept of a group of people meeting at a pub for drinks, socializing and expressing your more creative side. This is a two hour event, with an artist guiding you through the painting in a step-by-step procedure. You are never left to wonder about how to go about this picture. It is such a fun approach, no stress, all fun! …. And you get to keep your artwork! 😀
Here is the picture that we had to re-create at our event!
And here are our end results (you won’t believe how difficult it was to do that simple boat!!) 😀
Where does Paint Nite take place?
Paint Nite’s are hosted all over the world, including locations in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Argentina, United Kingdom and Australia. In Canada (might be true in other countries as well), there is a groupon available as well. And after the session you get a discount code for future sessions!
I highly recommend this for everyone – we had sooooo much fun!! All of us are planning to do this again sometime (I also plan to take my husband for a session soon…. tsk tsk!). 🙂 Let me know if you have been what your experience was, or better yet, send me a couple of your photos!! And if you haven’t been yet, go GO GO!!! 😀