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And here's how to do it: Faux wood
Of course the easiest way is with the Dry Brush Wheel, but if you don’t have that it’s still possible!
Dry Brush Wheel: I find 2-3 colors work best, but play around with it! Start with the lightest color classic ink pad and ink up your wheel, roll it out on your cs in a line horizontal/vertical whichever way you want your wood panels to go. I start at different places to give it a ‘natural’ look. Carry on with the other colors and don’t worry if you get some dark spots, it’ll all come together in the end. When you’re satisfied with your ‘wood grain’ look, take your ruler and marker and draw your board lines, make your nail marks and voila!
Grab an old toothbrush (DH’s will do), make sure it’s a flat one, some reinkers, a ruler and a marker. Again 2-3 colors, but there are no rules so have fun!
Drop several drops of reinker on a flat surface (old plate, coffee can lid, styrofoam tray), starting with the lightest color ‘smoosh’ (technical term) your toothbrush around in it and drag it across your cs in a line horizontal/vertical whichever way you want your wood panels to go. You might want to start off your cs at different spots or inside and drag as you tend to get dark spots at the start, but this all adds character to your wood grain! Carry on with each color… now it’s gonna look like a mess but trust me, once you get the lines and nails it’ll look like the hardwood floor samples at Home Depot!
You can also use DTP if DH absolutely objects to you using his toothbrush (sheesh, they just don’t get it sometimes!). Just drag your classic pad across your cs as above. You’ll still get a wood grain look ;^)
Different colored cs will give different looks as will using white and gray inks give a real weathered look.
If you have questions, please ask. If you have suggestions, please share!
When you upload, please put TLC91 in the keyword section when you upload, and then post a link to your card here in this thread. If you are new to the challenges, or need help uploading or linking, click here.
I look forward to seeing all your creations!
As always, I am in search of suggestions for techniques for future TLCs! Please PM with suggestions and a link to the directions and/or a sample if you can.
My apologies to my Canadian friends concerning last week's Thanksgiving challenge. It was not my intention to exclude anyone. Please forgive me.
You are braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.
Last edited by showmestamper; 11-20-2006 at 06:18 AM..
Thanks Beth and Dawn for today's faux wood challenge....I am hoping to get to it later in the day, or whenever I can slip some time into the schedule.....thanks so much for all your efforts to keep us challenged......
Thanks Dawn for linking all the examples so we could all "awe and OOOO!!" and thanks Beth for the challenge!!
Got to do some actual painting at the church this am (hmmm.......think that they want some faux wood???hehe), hope to get that done early so that I can play (don't have the wheel or reinkers (except blue!) sooooo have an idea that might work...I'll let you know!!!