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7 Inexpensive Artwork Projects

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Decorative Wood

Displaying natural elements in your home is an inexpensive option for bringing a decorative touch to your space. Try sprucing up a rustic piece of wood by adding an artistic stain treatment.

MATERIALS

  • Piece of soft wood
  • Pencil
  • High-speed rotary tool
  • Sandpaper
  • Small artist's paintbrush
  • Large paintbrush
  • Wood stain or acrylic paint (in color darker than wood)
  • Oil-based gel wood stain (in light color)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. With a pencil, draw the design of your choice on the wood. You can easily craft a stencil to guide you, or render the image freehand if you feel comfortable.
  2. Use your high-speed rotary tool to carve along the outline of the design.
  3. Lightly sand the wood piece with sandpaper to dull any rough edges.
  4. With your small artist's paintbrush, fill in the design with a wood stain or acrylic paint.
  5. Once dry, use your large paintbrush to paint the entire wood piece with a thin coat of oil-based gel wood stain. Let dry, then hang properly with mounting hardware.

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