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Family is such an important part of my life, this holiday is one of my favorites. It's a time to just enjoy each other and talk over a bountiful table of blessings. When I say family, it also means friends who join us. Create a thankful jar by having each person write why they are thankful and have everyone pick one from the jar & read it.
Preparing for the feast
Here is a creation for our Thanksgiving table.....
Each person will have one at the table.
Here is the process...
Start with a wood ATB, you can sand it but not necessary. I like a rustic finish for this project.
Chalk paint is so perfect for this type of work. Wood preparation is not needed. Different brushes will provide differing results. First I used a bristle brush to roughly apply the chalk paint with the dry brush technique (adding no water).
I then chose a second color and used a foam brush to apply paint with punchinella for a mottled appearance.
I got excited and went a bit overboard with my paint!!! BUT, it washes right off, that is the beauty of chalk paint.
I wanted you to see the difference between applying dry brush versus a wet brush with the punchinella. You can see how distinct the coverage is with a dry brush and a bit more subdued and spread out with a wet brush.
I sanded a bit around the edges for more texture and rustic finish. I love rubber stamping but my fingers always get in the way and I invariably smudge or misalign something which is frustrating! HOWEVER....
I DO LOVE stamp pads. I use them for edging, coloring, adding textural interest and layers. So, my Staz-on Inkpads get a good workout in my projects.
I did a few simple sketches to calibrate size for the ATB
Then I used markers to draw on the ATB, coloring the squash with Fall Colors. You can seal the paints/markers but not necessary unless it may get wet or handled a lot.
And there we are, ready to set the table.
P.S. I made the leaves glued together but not to the block, that way the leaves could be a lasting ornament or decoration and the ATB could be used again for the next Fall Dinner or as a shelf sitter.
Thanks for viewing today and have a safe and happy week. Jean and the Team
Assorted markers and glue