I'm in a wood burning mood. It’s a relaxing hobby that forces you to go slowly, so it provides a nice change of pace from the start of school. I feel like I’ve scrawled on a hundred different forms since it began, with each week bringing more sheets of colorful paper into the house. Wood burning is instantly gratifying and feels solid, with a nice smoky smell wafting through the living room after awhile.
I finished up work on the rocking horse I found nine years ago at Goodwill. It is sturdy, but it had been worn out when I found it, with the original handles missing. Since I glued in a dowel from Lowe's, the horse has spent most of its time in our attic. The kids barely touched it (unless they balanced on it to get to the top of the cabinet). On to SmArt with this long-suffering pony!
Next came this toy wooden cannon from Goodwill, and it was a "blast" to look at old decorated cannons for this project (it might be a little late as I write this). I also added a twine pull-string to complete the rustic toy. It has a good roll!
Finally, this wooden Santa figurine was a SmArt find from their scrap wood at least a year ago. I loved figuring out which Zentangle patterns to utilize with each part of his outfit- the boots especially had to be a darker tangle, without overwhelming the piece.
He's over at SmArt, too, ready to find a new home for the holidays.
These came together over the course of several days. I would sketch one evening, then paint Santa the next and wood burn another piece while the paint dried. When the days get busy and full, it is so important for me to do fulfilling things when I get a moment. Having these pieces lined up helped me to focus in on what I really enjoy.