Welcome to Club Creative Studio’s blog with the focus on creativity. I am adding a few posts about using your creativity in a crunch-time situation. It is that time of year that many stress about the time that they do not have to be creative for the holidays. Maybe it is a lack of innovation of gift-giving ideas, maybe it is the stress of the challenge to do something new and creative in decorating, baking, cooking or gift-giving or gift wrapping. Whatever the creative challenge, here is another post for a suggestion to use your creativity in a quick and easy project.
It doesn’t take as long as you think it does to be creative with acrylic paints. You can transform a wood item into a colorful work of original art with a bit of paint and patience. While there is a time and a place to appreciate wood for its natural beauty, some items just lend themselves to adding paint to beautify a wooden item in a different way.
Today, I painted a wooden nut cracker home accessory and changed the appearance from plain to wild, crazy, festive and colorful.
The first step is to find an item or ornament made from wood that is smooth and ready to accept paint. I applied a thin layer of gesso acrylic primer to my wooden nut cracker item.
Using acrylic paint, I applied my paint to the wood figure with ideas to make it a “non-traditional” looking item. I wanted my nut cracker to be bright and colorful, with pattern added after the larger areas were painted for a unique look. When you see the finished product at the end of this post, I think you may agree that the mission was accomplished.
I love defining areas and adding details with black as a sharp contrasting color.
To add detail to the finished painted portions, I used a black felt permanent marker to add my swirls and decorative detailed areas. Adding pattern with my marker seemed to make this item even more fanciful and imaginative. A light coating can be added as a final touch for gloss or a matt protective coating if desired. I hope that if you challenge yourself to create a painted wooden project, you can be expressive and end up with a one-of-a-kind festive item.
Although I love creating in clay and glass creations like the hand-made art you find in the Club Creative Studio website (http://www.clubcreativestudio.com) I have another love for using paint, especially acrylic. I love that this medium has an easy clean-up process and you can mix your own colors with ease. The fast dry-time is also a plus for getting your project done if you feel the holiday crunch for time.
- Christmas Crunch- Quick and Easy Projects (clubcreativestudio.wordpress.com)