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Pallet Art – Wire Art and Clocks

Pallets With Purpose

 

Moments are precious, especially at Christmas when more time is set aside to get together with family and friends.  This is by far my favorite time of year.  I love the change in focus, in pace, and in activities.  In our fast paced world time marches forward at an ever quickening pace making it even more important to be deliberate about setting aside time for family and friends.  For me this is a constant struggle, but relentlessly I will keep trying because I treasure those moments spent with family and friends.

 Enough about me, let’s talk about the wood projects.  I really enjoy taking old wood, that no longer serves a purpose and is usually unsightly, and transforming it into something meaningful and beautiful.  Sometimes the wood pieces that I find have great character due to weathering, age, and flaws; those pieces are the ones that become the most beautiful.  I am sure there is some philosophical connection that could be made to humanity — I won’t go there, but feel free to explore those thoughts and let me know.

 

By far, the clock is my favorite piece.  Although both pieces hold a certain charm, the character in the wood pieces from the clock really give it an old world almost antiquities feel.  Incorporating wire art in the pallet projects is fast becoming a favorite for me.  I like how the rustic look of the wire plays off the old recycled wood.

 

Approximate sizes:

Clock:  20 X 20  pallet wood

Faith Plaque: 13 x 16  pallet wood and wire

 


 

 

A couple quick notes on the process.

  • Make sure your pallets are safe to use and know where the they come from.
  • Barn wood also has a lot of character and works well for wooden art                                                                                             projects and has not been used to ship chemicals.
  • Pictured are the two pallets cleaned, cut, and glued together.  (Thank you to my husband and son.)
  • To avoid having the paint bleed when doing the lettering or numbering I covered the surface with a light coat of Mod Podge.
  • I warmed up the color of the boards with acrylic craft paints mixed with Blending Gel.  The blending gel allows me to control where and how much paint I work into the wood grain by slowing the dry time down.
  • With the surface prepared, the sky is the limit — create away.
  • When I was happy with the lettering I applied a thin coat of Acrylic Wax – Flat to help protect the artwork.

That is a quick rundown of the steps I used in creating the two pieces here.  For the next projects I will add a more step-by-step version including some tip and tricks when working with wire.

 


 

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Time to Recycle – Pallet Art

 

Pallet Clock

Another fun summer project completed. This 22 x 16 inch recycled pallet wood clock now graces my kitchen area.  I thought of adding more design and decoration to the face, but I really enjoy the simplicity of just having the roman numerals.  Maybe when I tire of the look I will add to it for a different feel.  I guess only time will tell. 😉

Keep posted for more clock projects.

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Downtime Doodles

Downtime Busy

white on black paper, busy schedule, doodles

Often I associate the word busy with negative aspects of life, but really that isn’t completely accurate.  Busy means I am engaged, learning, interacting, and accomplishing.  Lately I haven’t had as much time to work on larger art pieces, but that’s okay.

What is taking up my drawing time?  That’s a great question, and in answering it I have discovered a few things about myself.  My family is very important to me, and investing in them comes first.  That might mean making meals, doing laundry, being the taxi service, teaching, or just there to listen; each job is of great importance. I have also come to realize that I have a great need to be constantly learning and challenging myself.  Right now, the challenge is to learn Adobe Illustrator.

Still in all these busy moments, daily sketching has found a way to become infused into my day.   It started with a couple simple doodles on a black piece of paper while I waited for my daughter to finish her music lessons.  The result was Down Time Doodles. There is a sense of freedom and relaxation when I doodle, which is welcome in my busy schedule. The down-times are good times, and I am looking forward to more doodle time.