When we moved into our current home a couple months later, naturally this guy moved with us. I was not completely satisfied with it in the sense that what was holding the keys in place was short little nails. Many times we found our keys on the floors, or requiring extra focus to hang them up – which resulted in keys being misplaced a couple of times…
Here is a before shot of the key holder – you can see how short those nails are that the keys are hanging on!! We were also over-crowding the five available spots… A few changes to be made! In the following shot you can also see where this little guy was hanging in relation to the doors and walls etc.
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!!! 😀