Now that Halloween is over, most people have dove head first into Christmas. I personally think it’s way too early. Don’t get me wrong, I’m OBSESSED with Christmas, but I like to celebrate holidays one at a time. I’m not down with getting my Christmas tree up until the day AFTER Thanksgiving–and no sooner!
In an effort to embrace Thanksgiving, I’e decided instead of moving straight to Christmas that I would do a couple of projects dedicated to this Fall holiday. I just feel bad for Thanksgiving since it’s become the forgotten holiday.
I recently got my hands on the new Walnut Hollow Creative WoodBurner and have had so much fun playing around with it! For one of my Thanksgiving projects I decided to do a woodburned plaque. I thought woodburned detail would be perfect for Fall.
The first step in creating your own Thanksgiving woodburned sign, is to start by sketching or printing a design. Since I am not great at hand lettering and drawing, I found a really pretty design that I printed off and used as my template. You’ll want to trim your down the design so it fits your piece of wood. Then, tape the paper to the wood with the design facing up and lay tracing paper coated side down in between your design and the wood. Trace over the entire design with a pencil. Finally, remove the tape, design, and transfer paper.
I started with the drawing point and outlined my entire design. I then switched to the ballpoint pen to fill in my quote and some of the flowers. I also used the universal tip to add some light shading to some of the leaf designs. It was so therapeutic and relaxing as I went over my designs. Who knew wood-burning could be such a great stress reliever! For my final step, I grabbed some translucent gelatos from Faber Castell to add pops of color to some of the flowers. I love how you can add watercolor to a wood surface and not lose the wood burned detail. Perfection!
Instead of adding a sawtooth hanger to the back of my wooden sign, I just tossed it onto an easel I had to display on my shelf for the Thanksgiving holiday. I’m really happy how this turned out and can’t wait for my next woodburned project with the new Walnut Hollow Creative Woodburning Tool!