You know what blogging leads to? Blogging leads to other people's blogs and those blogs lead you to new products and new products lead you to addictions and new addictions lead you to fun and fun leads you to challenges and challenges lead you back to people's blogs and, well, you get the idea...
So I'd like to quickly blame Tammy for my latest addiction because now I'm in love with yet another blog, From The Heart's Digital Stamp of the Month Challenge (July) and my always loved Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog.
I thought the progressive challenge of using this month's digital image, Inner Tube Birdbrain, with #14 Summer Days would be perfect together.
Here's how I made my faux wood mixed media Summer sign.
1.) Begin with a rectangle cut out piece of foam board from Walmart. Cut the edges real jagged and then cover it with a sheet of adhesive canvas.
2.) Spread a light layer of Gesso for sealant and let dry. When dry, spread a light layer of crackle medium and let completely dry.
3.) When crackle medium was dry, I took a ruler and drew two lines with a black pen and smudged with my finger to make lines for a faux wood sign appearance.
4.) Pulled out the Distress paints and went to town coloring a beach scene.
5.) Colored up the challenge image with Copics and attached it to the sign. Added a layer of frantage with gold specks for a sandy beach, cut out sunglasses and flip flops on my cutting machine, painted them up and then adhered and lastly, added a jute twine for hanging.
6.) I aged up the edges with Antique Photo DI and then sat back, took a deep breath and wished I was there!
I loved being inspired by Summer Days Challenge with the pink flamingo. Figured this bird would be a more than adequate replacement and I loved the bejeweled glasses, so I had to add them too. The beach sign just made me think I had to create this bird's very own retreat. Hope you like it!
Thank you SO much for your visit. I appreciate YOU more than you know.
Hugs and happy crafting,
Wow, what a simple and genius way to make wood planks!! Love the summery colours and images, such a great project! hugs :)
Whenever I visit your blog it leads to trying new things! Thank you for the inspiration! I LOVE your sign!
Lisa, what a great technique of creating "wood" background! Great project my dear! Now to answer your question about white strawberry. It happened to be in the same box where I had those fluffy flowers so I just added it, and the sentiment was already printed and cut out so I went ahead and used it...pretty much a compilation of leftovers...
Have a great day my dear!!!
What an AWEsome wall hanger Lisa..love the cool chick in his floating rubber ring and his glasses are fabulous.Love the background..really does look like wooden planks..brilliant.
I am supposed to be painting haha! I have wanted to stop by for quite a while but you know how house building goes. Soon I love your blog idea, and new addictions are so true! I love your plaque, gorgeous colors and the bird is so fun. You make my crafting addiction excelerate with this piece. Thanks for visiting me, see you when I can but in the meantime I am always drooling over your creations so keep making them while I am gone! lol
If you didn't make such cool art I would still come read your blog for the entertainment! You are a delight, and this is super cool!!!
You are so darn good Lisa - that looks like real wood!!! Anita hit the nail on the head - you make great stuff and I have always loved reading your blog. If I could bottle you talent and sell it I would! How long have I been trying to get you to write your own book - mixed media is right up your alley.
Oh my goodness, I am just astounded to see my name in bright lights on your blog, thanks so much for the shout out! Your wall plaque is as expected super spectacular and clever! I'm in love with Birdbrain and absolutely laughed out loud to see the specks, fabulous! Thanks sweet friend!
Super duper fun make, that wood looks so real!! Really fabulous project and just perfect for our theme at Mixed Media Monthly! Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge!
Love this Lisa.....such fun and the textures/techniques are fabulous. I know what you mean about blogging addictions too!! Tfs and best wishes
Brilliant wood effect. Great hanging.
Now that is brilliant. Such a colourful little piece and your wood effect is stunning :-D
What a fantastic tutorial Lisa...Especially loved the black in line technique
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OMG - that wood is foam board!! Genius! Thanks for sharing the process. Love the colours and that fabulous fun image! TFS
Thanks for showing us how this project came to life step by step. I didn't think it was this easy to make a faux wooden piece. Maybe it's not that easy, but you sure made it look so. Brilliant!
Where do you come up with these ideas!?! Foam core board to wooden plaque---too stinkin' clever. I'm in awe of how that black line looks so real. I agree with you about the FTH Birdbrains. I keep saying I'm going to get some of them. The glasses make this birdie extra stylin. Awesome, AWESOME project Twang!
Lisa, this is super COOL and interesting how different materials come together. "Floating Birdbrain" fits perfectly on your Little work of Art. What i really LOVE is that you add a glass on Birdbrain´s nose. That looks so stylish !!!
Thanks for joining our FREE Stamp of the Month July Challenge @ From the Heart Stamps !!
This is awesome Lisa and your coloring is beautiful! I love how you created the scene on the faux wood! Love it!
WoW! Love the faux wood!! what an amazing idea!!! And that stamp ... the cutest summer bird ever!! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog!
This is such a fabulous project!!
Thank you for playing along with us at From The Heart Stamps!
Such a super fun wood plank art piece! Love the texture you achieved and the color palette is oh so summery!! Thanks for joining us in this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
Fabulous faux wood signage, and your beachy background is fantastic. And of course the chicken put an extra wide smile on my face!
Well. my friend, you really summed it up well. the only thing you for got is the videos you take time to watch that lead you to more videos. I love your project.
Ahhh - I love this. Brings back memories of floating down the Brazos river with our family years ago.... and it was soooo fun. It was definitely "floating to our happy place". LOVE your chicken Lisa - he looks quite happy!!! What a GREAT sign - just love it - SMILING big. j.
Are you kidding me? This isn't real wood? Why am I so jealous? Why do I think if I made this it would resemble nothing close to wood? No fair! I would have never guessed. Thanks for the how to. I might just try this and then show you what it actually does look like when I'm done.
Ok, I have to admit, while I totally love the floating chicken and it's fabulous spectacles, I am completely freaking out over the beachy sign you made!! What a brilliant idea and a fantastic background for your slightly baked chicken!
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