Monthly Archives: November 2012

Enchanted Tree Branch Art

Baby Isabel Name Art

Wall art under direct lighting…
I finished baby Isabel’s wall art this past spring.   I may tweak it in the future with different flowers and some tiny fairy lights.  I wanted to create wall art that incorporated her name and whimsical nature elements.
I did not want the name art to be dominant, but rather, I wanted it to be complimentary.  The gold craft paint worked wonderfully for this.  I am very happy with how it turned out.  Depending on lighting and your orientation in the room, the foil effect of the paint catches your eye but it is not overpowering or garish.

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Under natural lighting…

 

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…with light on

Supplies I used:
A fallen tree branch I let cure for a while in the garage
Craft glue
Craft moss
Assorted flowers/butterflies/ladybugs 
Hot Glue Gun or Poster Putty 
Metallic craft paint in antique gold or whatever your preference
Stencil
2-3 quality craft paint brushes in various sizes 
Contact paper & Exacto knife if stencil is a DIY 
2-3 inch coarse sheetrock screw (1-2)
Drill
Find your branch and prune to fit your wall space.  Make sure there are no hitchhiking critters left on your branch and it is clean and dry.  Use all purpose glue like Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue to secure your dried moss to the top surfaces of branch.  You could also use fine glitter during this part of the project to further enhance your “enchanted” forest branch.  Set aside to dry.
Next, secure branch to wall with a 2-3 inch sheetrock screw.  My husband was extra cautious and whipped out the ‘ol stud-finder and picked a point in the branch where it was thick enough it would not crack.  You will also want to drill a pilot hole with a smaller bit before securing to wall to safeguard against splitting the branch.  Grab your decorations and start to place them either permanently with your glue gun or you can use poster putty to move them around.
Place stencil by securing to wall with painters tape.  Ensure your placement is straight by eyeballing it, using a laser level, or a mini level.  I found a lovely free font here.

I printed it on regular paper and set about cutting it out with my xacto knife.  It was very tedious this way but I was working with what I had on hand.  I am very happy with the end result but if I had to do it again I would use printable self-adhesive stencil film for the diy route.

A closer look at the font and gold foil effect.

A closer look at the font and gold foil effect.

To guard against bleed-out, use thin layers of paint starting in the center of the paintable space, working out towards stencil borders.  It is better to paint a couple of coats than risk bleeding across the borders.  Finally, remove the stencil once you have the coverage you desire.