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What a crazy crazy week it has been around here! I have been jumping from one holiday project to the next and today I am here to share my favorite Christmas project so far, this beautiful Reclaimed Holiday Wall Art.
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Before I could start the painting and stenciling portion of my Reclaimed Holiday Wall Art I first had to put my reclaimed wood panel together. This is where my amazing Father-In-Law jumped in to help me out! He made this beautiful reclaimed fence panel using 6 standard fence boards cut down to 36". The boards were then screwed together using an additional board laid out in a standard z pattern. After the panel was constructed it was given a quick sand with a 150 grit sand paper.
With all of the building out of the way the next task was to lay all my letters out. For font inspiration I turned to my favorite time killer, Pinterest. To see all the images I was inspired by check out my Holidays Pinterest Board.
After choosing a couple of different fonts I printed my design on several pieces of office paper. Then I cut them out and arranged them on my wood panel and marked the spacing.
Using my marks as a guide I removed all the letters and laid down a sheet of white graphite paper on top of the wood then I replaced my printed letters on top. Next I used a regular pencil to trace the letters causing white lines to transfer onto the wood panel. Because the boards were uneven and bumpy from years of being outside this took a little bit of patience.
As you can see the result is a very faint but effective outline.
Next I filled in all of my letters using white acrylic paint and my two small artist brushes. This process also took quite a while. But it was well worth the wait in my opinion!
Since ultimately wanted the sweater design on the mittens to be white I first traced a rough outline of the mittens with a pencil. Then I removed the stencil and applied white paint in the shape of the mittens. When the paint was dry I once again placed the stencil over the area and applied the red acrylic paint using a stencil brush from Cutting Edge Stencils.
When working with stencils always, always blot the excess paint off your brush before applying it to your project. This will help prevent the paint from bleeding under the stencil and making a mess of your new creation.
After all the paint was dry I applied a thin coat of Varathane over the entire project to seal and protect my design for years to come.
This was such a fun project to make and I can't begin to explain how much I love my new Christmas Wall Art. It looks great on our mantle! But it would also look great on our porch or even on top of our Romantic Industrial Shelves.
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Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my Reclaimed Holiday Wall Art! I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I do! Merry Christmas!