This year I entered a couple of drawings, some bread and a some crafts work. I always know the fair is coming, always know what I am planning to enter and always it is a scramble on the last couple of days to get things ready. This year we had to cannibalise some of our photograph frames to frame some grandchild art and I discovered a couple of my pieces were not standard sizes. I had to rush down stairs and frame a painting and a wood burning project at the last minute. I was surprised at the painting since I bought a ready stretched canvas. I assumed it would be a standard size with cheap framing readily available The wood burning was a one off and so it being an odd size wasn't really a surprise.
But...why does this always have to be dealt with at the last minute? Haven't I learned anything from years of going to school? Actually I was better organised as a student. In five years of post secondary education I never handed in an assignment late, nor had to ask for an extension.
The wood burning is on 1/4 inch Baltic birch sanded to 400 grit and then buffed clean and smooth. The smoother the wood, the easier it is to wood burn. I glued the picture to another larger piece of plywood and glued the oak frame onto the backing piece.
Once I got the frame glued together I sanded the oak and then spayed two coats of varnish on the piece to protect it from smudges and finger marks.
Included in this blog: an inspirational video. I actually have a couple of projects on the go but one is at a boring stage and the other is a gift (secret), so my sharing is limited.
Get out and enjoy the weekend, come to the fair. I'm helping manage one of the car parks for a while tomorrow.