Friday

Tree Branch Alphabet Art

I regularly pin things to the Bliss Ranch Pinterest Boards that I intend on doing.  I'll be busy making stuff till the year 2050, which when I first typed that year it sounded so far away, but for a baby born today they would only be 36 years old.  Wow.

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In 2050 I won't be in my 30's any longer.  Or 40's, or 50's and so on and so on.  And if I'm alive I probably won't be making anything either,  besides trips around the nursing home grounds and that's only if I'm one of the fortunate ones to have use of my limbs.

Now that I've totally depressed myself about aging, I wonder how old this tree branch is?  Count the rings, and sing the alphabet song while you do it because that's what I'm turning these into.

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I pinned the idea a year ago from Aesthetic Outburst without reading the whole post.  I cut the tree branches a size I thought would work and closed them in a cabinet, lets say so they could "rest" not because it took me a year to get back to them.

When I decided to finally make them I pulled up the inspiration post again.

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First I put a white wash on the tops to get rid of some of those dark spots.  Nothing thick because I wanted to see the wood, just watered down white craft paint.

As I looked closer at the post and actually read the tutorial, I discovered they were in fact magnets for the fridge and they are in fact shown stuck on a refrigerator, not a white wall like I thought.

I still loved them, but it created a problem.

Do you know how many letters there are in the alphabet?  Can you sing them backwards like this drunk dude?
 
Being married to a drywall contractor I'm lucky I have things hanging on the walls at all!  Poking holes in that beautiful smooth gypsum ruins it's beauty you know, forget that it's an easy patch as he has found through the years when I attempt to hang a gallery wall.

In the early years of marriage I think it actually caused him great emotional pain to hammer nails into drywall.

Anyway, so hanging 26 letters individually on the glorious gypsum wasn't gonna happen. 

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The original tutorial used pre-made press on letters.  I made my own press on's with my Silhouette Cameo instead.

Stick 'em on - paint over them - peel 'em back off.

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At first I used black craft paint just like the original idea, but I didn't have good luck with it.  My craft paint bled underneath the vinyl, so I had to flip a few tree stubs over to re-do them, and then I used thicker chalkboard paint instead, which worked great, no bleed.

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OK, now back to the dilemma of how to hang them.....  Enter a piece of scrap wood from the garage that got a coat of ASCP in Old White then dry brushed with CeCe Caldwell Pittsburgh Grey and sanded smooth.

Fasten 26 letters to 1 piece of wood for one nail hole in the wall = a happy drywall-er.

I dabbed a spot of glue on the bottoms to hold each letter in place so the whole thing could be flipped over and each tree piece could get a nail on the back side to be firmly attached.

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I think I'm going to hang it in the hallway by the kids bedrooms above where the goldfish live.

I use the word "live" loosely, as it could change at any moment.

I would of shown you that spot for this post, but a little aquarium with dirty water and sad fish eyes peering out didn't sound like a great staging opportunity.

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So for now this will have to do.

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39 comments :

  1. that is awesome! i don't want to think about 2050. it's scary to think that in 2050 my children will be in their 40's.

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  2. I love your eye chart I mean the cute ABC board Bliss.

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  3. Very cute! It would also work well with magnets on the back of each letter so it could be used as a puzzle. You know, mind exercises for our aging minds.

    There is one good thing about cracked plaster walls. I feel no guilt whatsoever when I make numerous holes in the walls. :)

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  4. Such a neat piece of artwork! Typography is so popular right now. I like how you mixed that with the rustic pieces of wood.

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  5. Great idea Bliss ... you are always so creative.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  6. How creative!! I could see little letters like this in a garden path! Very cool idea!

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  7. Those goldfish...you never know. I love this! We have all those limbs from where the guys with no teeth took down our dead, crumbly tree. I was planning on doing something with branch slices. I will keep this in mind! Looks great!

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  8. What a fun project Bliss! And thanks for making me feel old! I like your new watermark...or is it not that new and I have just noticed it? Still envious of your Silhouette.

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  9. This is such a great project, Bliss...I love that it is graphic AND sculptural...turned out beautifully. And over the years, spackle and drywall compound have become my friends...

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  10. The fish will totally be crushing on these tree stubs.

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  11. What a neat idea! I love this project and I think I'll have to pin this so I can make some for the grandkids. I know they'll look great in their playrooms. Thanks for another great idea, Bliss!
    Debbie :)

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  12. These are so cute. But I don't have to worry about 2050 I don't think. But I bet I'll be making something in 2040. Maybe crochet toilet paper covers or something like that.

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  13. I'm so proud of you for waking up your branches. I think it would have been hilarious had you mixed up 2 of the letters just to see if anyone noticed. But I'm weird like that. Very cute! ;)

    -andi

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  14. This is really nice. I actually like the lettering on one board anyway and double-bonus that is looks great and you pleased the hubby! I hear you on the fish. I think we may have purchased the healthiest gold fish on the planet because it seems like they will be around as long as I. Now that we have a cat, no one really cares about the fish but still, they linger. Lol

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  15. This is a great little project! I'm sure your little fishes love it too! ~~Angela

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  16. I love this, you could do so much with this idea.
    I used to have a very sad addiction to fridge magnets and had about 200 of them, luckily I managed to get over that addiction !! and btw I love the vignette in the first picture with the little metal basket and letter B.
    I think maybe someone should start care homes for bloggers, so that in our remaining years we can still keep creating !

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  17. Those turned out amazing! What is it with men and drywall!? It's not like it's a protected natural resource or something.

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  18. This is so cute!! I absolutely love the idea of the alphabet spelled out on branch pieces. I have never seen anything like this. It is cute, but not cutesy, which I can't stand. But then nothing you do is cutesy, so I don't know why I am talking about it here.

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  19. You're just full of fun projects these days. This one is adorable too.

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  20. That's so beautiful why do your letters never seem to bleed through you must have magic mine always make a mess

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  21. Wow. That turned out great. Looks just as good as if it were hung on a fridge with magnets. :)

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  22. I like Fiona's idea of a blogger nursing home. We can ramble on about everything we do in a day and cover the place in crafts. Your project turned out all the better for a little rest time! Now, I have a picture of sad fish eyes stuck in my brain.

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  23. Cute idea. And, yes, I can recite the alphabet backward. My grandfather paid my sister and me a silver dollar each when I was five years old to learn this trick. I got my silver dollar and could do it better than than I can now!

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    1. Did you teach that cowboy how to do it?

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  24. What an awesome idea!! Love it Bliss!!!

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  25. Kick ball change and here we go... I think the black chalk paint really makes them pop. Love them!! Hysterical video, too

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  26. Thanks for linking up ;)! Love and sharing on FB right now.

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  27. I am going to have to figure out my Silhouette! These are really cool, Bliss!

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  28. I'm in LOVE!! I am going to have to copycat this at some point. You are amazing.
    Pinned 'em!
    Thanks so much for sharing at the party,
    <3 Christina

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  29. THIS makes me happy! I love it! I'd much rather have stuff like this hanging around my house than expensive art work.... I'm weird or just cheap... this really is amazing Bliss!

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  30. Very cute idea! Love letters and numbers. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  31. Love these Bliss! Thank you for joining THT!

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  32. What a beautiful piece of art - I think I much prefer it the way you've done it then on the wall itself !!!
    Don't tell Brawn that some of the brand spanking new dry wall here has nail holes all over it - I don't feel comfortable in a house with perfect drywall LMHO
    xoxo

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  33. This is genius, I love Love LOVE it! Pinned :)

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  34. I'm gonna be singing the A,B,C song in my sleep now, but that is so cute!!!

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  35. Fan freakin tastic! Bliss!

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  36. These are awesome! My daughter is getting married in the mountains next year and these would be perfect to incorporate into her wedding decor - thanks for the inspiration! Definitely Pinning these. Glad I found them over at the Junkin Joe Party!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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  37. This is SO COOL. I'm totally going to need to make something like this. Oh, I love it. I'd love for you to share at our link party going on now.

    http://www.delineateyourdwelling.com/2014/03/link-it-or-lump-it-party-number-32.html

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