Friday, May 30, 2014

Salvaged Wood Art

So remember that time I shared some summer art ideas to inspire you?  If you are like me and my old brain, you might have a vague recollection (or not), it might ring a bell, or might just think you are experiencing deja vu.

Anyway, I did share lots of summer "art" ideas a few days ago in hopes of inspiring you and I hope I did just that.  But guess what?  I inspired myself too and as a result I created this bright and cheery scrap wood art.   BTW--I added some fill light to these photos, but I did NOT boost or change saturation--this piece is ACTAULLY THIS vibrant :).
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I started with a square piece of plywood.  My hubby rescued a lot of odd pieces of plywood that the theater department at the high school were throwing out. Notice the brick pattern on this piece that was about 26" square.  
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I found the middle of the plywood and started witha green square there.  I added wood pieces as I went--no real plan or pattern to follow.  I used some that were already painted and some that weren't.

I attached them with a brad nailer or a nail gun.  A reader asked what one was.  I do not know the official name.  It does not shoot large, regular sized nails, but thinner nails that might be considered brads.  You use it with an air compressor.  Remember to always wear safety goggles!!
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This is what my art looked like after adding all of the pieces.
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Next I painted the wood pieces.
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I sanded and added a small "frame" that I also attached with the nail gun.  I waxed it--HERE are some hints on waxing.
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I used D rings on the back for hanging, but like it propped on shelf as well.  
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A perfect punch of color to brighten sunny, summer days.
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7 comments:

  1. I feel a lack of words coming on.....this is just the cutest art work ever! I love the simplicity, the colors and the textures!! You make me wish my brad nailer was working....oh, and darn, I need a table saw, too! Just adore this picture!

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  2. Can't stop staring at this...so beautiful! The colors are incredible and you pieced it together perfectly. Thanks for another dose of inspiration - love all of your creations, Becky!!

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  3. Love this. I decided to make one after seeing this. I just hope it turns out as nice as this one though.

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  4. I am always inspired by what you do Becky!! I may have to do this because for one, it is awesome. And for two, I have scrap wood coming out my ears...this is perfect!

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  5. I love it! And to think I just throw my wood scraps into the campfire..... Not anymore!!!

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  6. Very cool stuff, and that is big coming get from a guy lol

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