I have to say I personally am loving creating this series for the blog, it is so much fun coming up with easy out-of-the-box ideas and today is no different. We are going to create Chopping Board Art….what is really great about his idea is you could do this on anything…..a canvas, a block of wood or a piece of paper, it doesn’t really matter what you use. I have noticed that chopping boards are really trending right now and I needed (or more likely wanted) some artwork for my kitchen so I found a cheap chopping board at the dollar store and my idea was born. As you know I love stripes and my design is based around stripes…..ultimately I wanted something graphic.
- Wood Chopping Board
- Masking Tape
- Dark Wax
- Stanley Knife
The first think you need to do is find the center of your chopping board and lightly mark it. You need to place your first piece of masking tape on the center point and take it up to the top corner of your chopping board and do the same on the other side.
I decided to make my stripes 10mm (3/8 inch) thick so I measured 10mm on each side of the masking tape and marked those lightly on my board and used these as my guide as to where to place the next piece of masking tape. I repeated this for the other side. Then I measured 10mm on the masking tape on each side and used the ruler and Stanley Knife to cut off the excess masking tape. So I would be left with a strip 10mm thick. I repeated this on both sides. You will be creating a repeated “V” shape up the board.
Repeat this to the top of your board, then tape 10mm from the top to get a clean edge on the design.
Paint between your masking tape and leave to dry before removing the tape.
Next you need to measure 10mm from one side, all the way down the middle of the board on a diagonal, then tape along these marks. Now measure 10mm on your masking tape and cut the masking tape so it is 10mm thick. Then you create another series of “V” shapes off to one side of this diagonal stripe.
Then paint these stripes (this is where I started to add colour).
Next we do the same thing on the lower opposite side and paint these stripes.
Then following the lines on the lower left corner ad a few more stripes in a wider set “V’ and finally a single “V” in the same colour.
Finally, we add something random, I think all art should have something random and unexpected. In this case in the empty top right corner I added a triangle, it still followed the other lines so it makes sense as a whole.
I finished the piece by waxing it with dark furniture wax which toned down the colours. I do like both the bright and toned down version, but I thought it would be fun do do something a little more subtle, just for a change. What is really great about this technique is that you can really make any pattern you want, I made mine up as I went along.
So what do you think? It seems complicated but once you get on a roll with it you can make this quite quickly, mine took about an hour to make.
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