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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Upcycle or Repurpose Wood to Primitive Folk Snowman Plaque Sign

When I find wood laying around I can't resist picking it up to repurpose or upcycle into something more than what it is.

With Christmas right around the corner and the two stores in which I consign my art in need of Christmas gifts and decor, the most logical destiny for the wood plank or slat from an old crate was a Christmas themed sign.

Acrylic paint: Black, Antique White, Avocado Green, Barn Red, Orange

I don't bother sealing the wood but you can to conserve paint.

Lay in the black and white checks first, let dry.

Float a shadow along the outside edge with diluted black.

Paint the red section of the stocking using multiple layers until thoroughly covered.

Let dry between layers.

With avocado green, paint the top, toe and heel of the stocking. Use just one layer of paint for the top of the stocking because you're going to paint the snowman's head. It will take less white to cover the green top edge should you need to.

Let dry then paint the head of the snowman in multiple layers until the wood is thoroughly covered.

Note: So I don't have to type it out with each step, practice this standing instruction: Allow layers to dry before adding to them or painting a different color next to another.

Once the head of the snowman is painted and dry, paint the face details and add avocado green to the top of the stocking until it's completely covered.



Add the hat and keep adding to the dry paint until the wood is completely covered.

Add the word "Snow", the simple snowflakes (or stars) and other details like stitching and lines.

Float diluted black around the inside edges of the red.

Tip: Always work from the background to foreground when painting.

To hang: I drilled two holes in the top from the front to the back, poked wire through the holes and twisted the wire closed.

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