Thursday, January 3, 2013

Pallet Art - USA map

I love when people have a vision of exactly what they want.  I was contacted by a woman who saw my silhouette pallet art at Robin's Egg, and wanted something similar for her son's room.

She saw this:

But envisioned this:

This baby is gigantic at 4' across.

After finding a piece of USA clipart online, I used the Picasa program (free download) to make it into a pencil drawing (outline).  I then went to Staples with the file on a jumpdrive and they printed it out for me at the size I wanted (3' across) for less than $4. 

I then put the planks of pallet wood together by using cross strips on the back.  Next, the whole thing got a coat of dark brown stain.  I then used carbon paper to trace my USA map onto the pallet board.  Using a wash of white, I painted the background.  As you can see, my dear customer requested the states be outlined in red too.  :)

This piece is being hung in her son's room and she was thrilled with the results.  I'm kind of loving on it too.

Actually, she was happy enough with the way this turned out, that she had me make a true silhouette using reclaimed wood, on a much smaller scale, for a friend's nursery.  I was happy to oblige.

Forgive the quality as I took it on my phone.  ;(

 Kind of loving on my silhouettes.  Might have to get cracking on a few more.

Have a fabulous day,


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