Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Rustic Imperfect DIY Outdoor Art

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I think outdoor art is a great way to brighten, personalize, bring the inside out.  I have always loved outdoor art but we have moved so much and some of it is just very expensive, so I have limited amounts.  My mom on the other hand, has a lot of wonderful outdoor art from metal sculptures to statues to wall hangings.

When I saw this pile of wood on my aunt’s farm the ideas in my head were endless.

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My uncle got this pile when he took down an old fence on another farm.  I started a project I haven’t been able to finish, but decided to give this art project a whirl.

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I started with a 9 x 12 inch piece of thin particle board I had home depot cut from a larger piece.  I have used this particle board in other projects and really like it.  I am not a painter as in an artist painter but had an image in my head and gave it a try.  I used cheap acrylic paints I had on hand from paint samples at Home Depot and JoAnne Fabric.  Once I painted my image, I let it dry then distressed it.  Then I sprayed a clear satin coating for protection. 

I tried my best to cut the boards into a frame.  The wood and my cutting are both imperfect.  My husband helped me assemble by drilling flat right angle brackets on the back and tacking the painting into the frame.

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The angle of this photo is a little off.  I had to stand to the side because the second clear coat on the painting was still a little wet.

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3 comments:

  1. This turned out beautiful! I'm your newest linky follower.

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  2. Who would have thought that such a simple but beautiful wall art can be made out of a simple pile of wood. You get great ideas, the inspiration comes like running water to you, congratulations, I love this project.

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