Painting Wood Block Intractable
· One 11 ¼” by 5 ½” piece of untreated wood
· Masking tape
· At least one large and one fine paintbrush
· One craft sponge
· A pencil
· A piece of paper (preferably cardstock or something that won’t soak up paint)
· An exacto knife
· Cutting space (cutting board or fabric board)
· One ruler or measuring tape
· One gold and one copper Rub’n’Buff
· Copper, black, and brown acrylic paint
· A plastic bag
· Apron or craft clothes that can get paint on them
· Plastic gloves
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Step 1: Picture and Note
Notes: Preferably done outside, but if that is not an option, use plastic bag to protect work space. I would also recommend practicing techniques on scrap wood or paper before main project.
Step 2: The Steps
Step One: Lightly sand all edges, sides, and corners of wood block to prevent splinters and smooth out rough spots.
· It doesn’t take much before it is smooth enough.
· Blow or wipe off residue dust.
Step 3: The Steps
Step Two: Measure in ½” into the block from the edge all around, mark with pencil about every 2”.
Step 4: The Steps
Step Three: Cover measured ½” with masking tape. Line up edges of tape with pencil lines.
Step Four: (Shake paint before using). With small dollop of copper paint on large brush, apply thin layer to exposed portion of wood, dragging brush back and forth in even strokes.
· Don’t be afraid to go over masking tape.
· Use edge of brush to get into corners.
Step 5: The Steps
Step 6: The Steps
NOTE: ALWAYS WASH BRUSHES AND SPONGE AFTER USE! DO NOT LET PAINT DRY ON BRUSHES OR SPONGE!
Step Five: Inspect closely to make sure paint is even. Touch up if necessary. Let dry.
· If planning on multiple coats of paint, let dry for 30 minutes between each coat. Repeat as many times as desired.
Step Six: When dry, squeeze very small amount of gold Rub’n’Buff onto finger (use plastic glove if desired).
· A LITTLE goes a LONG WAY.
Step 7: The Steps
Step 8: The Steps
Step Seven: VERY lightly brush gold Rub’n’Buff over painted wood, using long or short strokes depending on the look wanted.
Step Eight: Draw or print stencil of choice on cardstock or nonabsorbent material.
· Make sure the image fits the block of wood.
Step 9: The Steps
Step Nine: Cut out portions of stencil that you wish paint to fill with exacto knife, leave other parts connected to paper.
· Be very careful! Exacto knife is sharp!
· Cut on appropriate cutting space like a cutting board or fabric board.
· Use tip of knife to work out curves or small spaces.
· Cut stencil to manageable size.
Step 10: The Steps
Step Ten: Lay stencil on dried block and tape down edges.
Step Eleven: Paint black over entire stencil.
Step 11: The Steps
Step Twelve: Let dry for 30 minutes.
*Optional Step: Use small amount of copper Rub’n’Buff on finger over dried black paint, moving lightly in circular motions.
Step 12: The Steps
Step Thirteen: Remove stencil. Clean up and fill in uneven edges or missing portions.
Step 13: The Steps
Step Fourteen: Remove masking tape from ½” on block’s sides.
Step Fifteen: Mask off inner painted part of block, edge of tape on edge of paint.
Step 14: The Steps
Step Sixteen: Place small dollop of brown paint on sponge or onto plastic bag.
Step Seventeen: Sponge brown paint gently onto exposed edge of wood, tapping or spreading until desired look is achieved.
Step 15: The Steps
Step Eighteen: Let dry for 15 minutes.
Step Nineteen: Gently peel of masking tape.
Step 16: The Steps
Step Twenty: Make any needed touch-ups.