Thursday, February 11, 2016

State Shield

I've had a couple interviews this week for my book (Crafting with Wood Pallets) and I was asked both times where I get my inspiration.  I answered with the truth--everywhere.

Sometimes I will see a color that inspires me, sometimes it is the shape of an object, something in nature, sometimes it is a t-shirt with a saying or design.

As I was turning into the thrift store parking lot the other day I saw a sticker on a car that had two arrows crossed (which has been around for awhile) and the school initials on the side and then lacrosse equipment on the top and bottom.
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I knew instantly that I wanted to make a state shield that was patterned after the window sticker I saw.
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Then, when I walked into the thrift store I found this large wood plate/platter and knew it would make a perfect state shield sign.
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After a light sanding to get rid of the original design, I painted the plate with Fusion Mineral Paint (MY FAVORITE paint because of it's smooth finish that needs no waxing or clear coat) in my favorite color combo, Laurentien and Copper. I sketched out my design in chalk, finding the middle of the platter to cross the arrows.
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I painted the design in white paint, using stencils for the MT.
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I love how it turned out 
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and will definitely be painting this again on other signs!
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  1. That's pretty cool. It looks almost big enough that you could add some legs & make a little occasional table out of it.

    1. That is a fun idea Deb, it would be cute as a table or little stool top.

  2. Your plate turned out very nice. I live in a part of Minnesota that was settled by Scandinavian immigrants among others. The original design on the plate is a type of Norwegian folk painting called Rosemaling.

    1. Thanks for the information. I guessed it was Scandinavian and did hesitate about sanding it, but I know if I plan on selling it, it wouldn't sell as is.

    2. I didn't mean to sound as if I was suggesting that you shouldn't have sanded it or painted it. That was not my intention at all. While they are pretty prevalent here I did not know if people from other parts of the country were familiar. I think there are a lot of rosemaled pieces out there, both new and vintage and anyone in search of a piece would probably have little trouble finding one so it is not like a rare, irreplaceable antique was sacrificed. I think your shield turned out very cute. Lorri

  3. I really like the plate too and looks good in the window.

    1. Thanks Cathy, it set perfectly in the window handle. But, I think my daughter is stealing it for her room!


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