Laser Cut Wood + Oil Painting (inspired by Audrey Kawasaki)

I've just started making things at techshop (, while researching awesome things you can do with a laser I found

This is my first try at oil painting on wood AND my first  use of a laser. I made it at Techshop!

Step 1:

First, I grabbed a line drawing of mine. Got it onto the computer so I could tell the laser about it.

Step 2:

I then laser etched the image and cut it out. It measures a little less than 3" by 5.5" (1/4" thick).

Step 3:

Then I sanded the wood a little to remove a bit of the scorch marks. 

Then painted clear gesso all over to seal the wood and create a good surface to paint on. (Do one side, let it dry, then the other.)

The gesso should be allowed to dry at least 24 hours before being oil painted.
Unless you want subtle brush marks everywhere, the dry gesso should be sanded before you start painting.

Then I started to paint!

I feel like there must be so much basic oil painting info out there...?
If anyone wants me to try to describe my painting process please let me know.

Step 4:

And more painting... 

Step 5:

This is how far I've gotten, I will probably do a little more. Maybe some background, I have two or three months before it dries to decide...



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    4 Discussions


    5 years ago

    Love that ate you going to sell some of these? I may be interested

    1 reply

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Soon I hope! I am escalating very fast.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    This is awesome! You can get a vintage look on pretty much anything you can draw, maybe even use it to accentuate furniture pieces. Great job!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    This is very sweet, and of course I want you to describe the painting process! Maybe you could even make another Instructable just showing us that!