Apparently the goth wolf shirts of the 1990’s are not back yet. I could only find one shirt with a moon on it at Goodwill for my little fellow to wear to kindergarten for moon phases day - a Kentucky 4H shirt. I ordered some Jiffy seed starters yesterday, so I feel pretty farm-y.
I’ve started a weaving for a yarn basket, but yesterday I finished something that has laid dormant deep within craft mountain for nearly a year. I got all the supplies when SmArt Art acquired some paneling samples, and I pictured doing a children’s version of a retro man cave. Got a wooden duck, got a panel, then put it all on my desk to gather dust.
This is going into my littlest fellow’s room, but this project could be taken in several directions. It could be decorated to coordinate with a nursery, or be made into signage with a monochromatic animal. And I like that it references faux taxidermy without looking like you chopped the head off of a teddy. This is going to be a shelf sitter because it’s so heavy. Stopping at the wooden plaque would increase the positioning flexibility of the piece.
First, I used Aleene’s “The Ultimate” Multi-Surface Adhesive to bond the plaque to the paneling. I sketched my log and cattails after looking at real mountings, then sketched my Zentangle patterns onto the duck. I began wood burning the duck first as the glue on the base continued to cure.
Then, I burned my mounting scene into the plaque, not worrying about the part that would be beneath the duck. I used acrylic paints on the piece, since they dry quickly and are easy to clean. I had some metallics in worn penny and Christmas tree green from other projects. (Which is why it’s so hard to clean my craft desk!) It’s not necessary to invest in a wood burning tool for this project, although it provides a nice hard outline. Paint markers are available, and even a Sharpie, after you’ve tried it on the underside or a scrap piece, may make a nice line on the wood.
Finally, I accented the duck with acrylics and mounted it with glue. This will look great in the little man cave, and would be a nice piece for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Think birthdays, Father’s Day (only 108 days away!), or a Springtime scene with glitter if this looks like fun!