I got a new toy...a Scroll Saw!!! Something I've wanted for awhile. My daughter-in-law asked me if I could make a few things for the new babies room...(ideas she found on Pinterest). I said sure...just need a new saw :) How great is this thing...endless project ideas.
I made Katie's things then started in on fun things for Christmas...I did a little research online looking for scroll saw patterns...seems its mostly old woodworking guys making creepy trivets and things...figured I could just sketch out my own designs and figure out the cutting as I went along. It's super easy and really fun. For the ornaments I thought starting with Christmas trees would be quick and easy. I bought some 1/4" poplar at Home Depot and went to town.
I just traced multiple images using a template I cut out of paper...
How fun does this look?
Once I got the hang of it I tried more complex designs...but later on that.
Once all the trees were cut out, I sanded them to smooth the edges.
(actually the scroll saw leaves a pretty smooth edge)
You can see the moose ornament?...that's my fancier shape
I drilled a hole at the top of each tree (for hanging...duh)
I wanted a "weathered" look to the wood and found a formula on Pinterest that sounded easy...I mixed up a STRONG cup of tea and added coffee grounds to it. I painted it on each of the trees...stained the wood a little...not much and I was skeptical it was going to work...but the second stage worked like a charm.
Next, I mixed steel wool and vinegar in a jar and let it sit overnight. Apparently the tea mixture mixed with the vinegar mixture "grays" the stain like old barn wood. It's so cool...it worked.
I painted on the vinegar mix...left the room and 1/2 hour later when I returned it was quite brown and gray.
When they were dry I sanded off some highlights, tied hemp twine through the holes and I have a bunch of new Christmas ornaments. I made a bunch more designs today...I'll share later.
As I've shown in earlier posts...I love silkscreening...and with my "discovery" of contact paper as a stencil and the use of my cricut for cutting intricate designs and text...a whole new world has opened up. Silkscreening is really meant to be used for multiple runs i.e. printing the same image over and over again. I usually will just print one tee (or maybe two) but it's so easy with this method it's hardly work at all. Kale, my 3 year old grandson has become quite the celebrity at school. The teachers like seeing what funny shirt he'll wear next. I wish I could claim being clever enough to come up with the sayings...I usually just pour over the internet looking for funny things to print. Here are two that I printed yesterday. For a tutorial on silkscreening using contact paper check out this earlier post
married, 2 grown children (both married) 3 beautiful grandsons I paint (watercolors and oils) have been a printmaker since high school (forever) and since I sew I also enjoy dyeing and printing fabric. In short, I'll try any sort of project