Be Brave & Keep going!
Next week I will be attending a Creative Blog conference in SLC, Utah. The conference is called SNAP! and hundreds of creative bloggers from around the world will be in attendance. This will be my first conference of this type, and I’m really very excited to go and learn some new things, and meet some amazing creative people. One of the traditions they have at this conference is a Secret Sister gift swap. You are assigned a sister and then you spend the next few weeks trying to learn about who they are. I’ve been reading my secret sisters blog, watching her social media channels, and learning what I can about her. She’s a pretty great person I think, and she is Brave! In learning all about this great person, I’ve also been inspired by her story. While browsing through her pinterest I came across a quote that I really loved. I decided to turn it into a home decor piece.
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This is the quote:
Isn’t it great? Be brave, and keep going! Such amazing advice. As someone who has suffered from Depression her entire adult life, this quote struck a chord with me. This blog has been more than just a place to share the fun things I get to create, it’s been a place to practice this quote! Sometimes it requires a lot of bravery to put those things out here, and I’m so thankful for the support and encouragement I’ve received to keep going.
I really love the wood slice trend I’ve been seeing but I haven’t taken the opportunity to play with one myself yet. I decided this would be the perfect project to check it out.
- a wood slice (I used a Walnut Hollow Basswood round, Large)
- a printout of the quote (I’ve provided a pdf file above for your convenience, free for personal use only please)
- a wood burner (This one is my very favorite)
- satin varnish
- paint brush
- graphite paper
- pencil or pen
The first thing I learned about using a wood slice is that it’s messy. The bark is often loose and dirty. I’ll show you how to fix that a little bit further down in the post.
Print out the Be Brave quote (with the pdf file included above, free for your personal use).
Tape the quote to your wood slice, and insert a piece of graphite tracing paper between the quote and the wood slice, graphite side facing down.
Using a pencil or pen, trace the design. This will put the graphite on the wood slice, transferring your design from the paper to the wood surface.
Use your wood burner to trace over the graphite lines. Slow and steady, with even pressure. Be careful, the tip is very very hot!
Now is the time you can fix the loose and peeling bark. I used a satin varnish, matte or glossy would work too. Generously apply the varnish to the bark around the edge of your slice, and over your wood burned quote. When the varnish dries (It will dry clear) your bark won’t flake off all over any more but you will still have the rustic bark look!
A really great reminder! I can Be brave & Keep going and you can too!