Some of you already know from the Facebook etc. that I have been playing around with some new craft projects lately. Some of these are things I haven’t done in years… and really wanted to get back into and share with my son. He is a little too young right now to be doing these crafts himself, but I see the look in his eye when he is “helping” mommy and I can tell he is itching to be able to do some himself.
I try and make sure that a lot of my projects are things he can participate in… even at this age because as some of you know, I plan to homeschool him and creativity is a huge part of learning in this house.
So what have we been up to…. lots of experimenting…. as always haha. Let’s just say this mommy really should learn to wear latex gloves .. job hunting when your fingers look like Darth Maul… probably not the best idea haha. I just get engrossed in what I am doing and I am not the most diligently prepared crafter haha..I like to spend my time being creative, not getting ready to create… but at least have stopped crafting in my good clothes… there is hope for me yet!!!
One of the things we like to do is incorporate lots of different media, techniques and ideas into one project… boy do we !! lol so lately we have been playing with resins, and woodburning.
We’ll be using these various project ideas and techniques throughout the coming year.. so be sure to subscribe if this is something you have wanted to try, or if you are a mix media artist who loves to decorate boxes, create unique artwork and wall hangings… this is going to be a lot of fun.
I picked up a woodburning iron last year and haven’t had as much time as I would have liked…. till now to actually play with it and get in some practice. Now I get asked all the time, did you freehand that… NO… I cold only wish I was that artistic. So I know there are others out there who would love to be able to do projects like this, but feel that they don’t have the artistic skills needed.. WRONG …. you just need to think outside of the box … a really nice wooden box…or blank, or frame… or anything else you fancy having a go at.
I was going to hold off on this post for a while till I had some full step by step projects to share….. but when I ran across this company Rockler Woodworking and Hardware doing a Google search for Branding Iron alphabets… I had to…. not only sign up for their affiliate program, but I also found they do have a store near us and do classes and demo’s.. so you just know I am going to have to go check that out.
Now this company is mostly aimed at Woodcrafters.. which makes me drool since I no longer have any of the tools I used to have back in the UK… * sigh… BUT.. they also have a lot of cool products that are perfect for crafters like me…and that is why I am sharing this with you all.
They carry a range of Woodburning kits, including the alphabet irons I was looking for…. woot !! these alphabet sets thread into the iron just the same as regular tips.
They also have this gorgeous range of wood dyes that look perfect for an upcoming project next year. You may have seen the burnt and inked blanks already… I am dying to try these out for that technique. I have a few wooden boxes waiting to be played with that would be perfect for this.
So stay tuned for some fun and projects and tutorials early next year… maybe even a video or two or 100 lol
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