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Bulls and Bears

No, I’m not in Chicago (Alas, I’m sure it’s much cooler there) But amidst all the things in my life I completely forgot to blog about a project I did a couple of months back for the office I work at.

This isn’t the first decorating project I’ve had the chance to do for the office and I’m sure it won’t be the last; if you want to see the others you can click here or here

  
I work at a financial planning office. It’s pretty awesome but it is lacking a little… Style. Luckily I’ve been given the go ahead to jazz it up a bit. We had a bunch of coasters from various places but no matching sets so I took the liberty of buying a little pack of blanks from the craft store and sanding them nice and smooth.

   
 Then I just doodled a little geometric design. I chose a bull and a bear since we work in stock portfolios (among a myriad of other things), used my scanner to enlarg it to the right size for the coaster then numbered each section to correspond with a paint color. In other words I made myself a paint by numbers, that way I wouldn’t end up with two like colors touching each other due to lack of planning. 

  
Then I taped the photocopied image onto the coaster and traced over the lines with the blunt edge of an exact-o knife

  
This left an etching of the image in the soft pine wood of the coaster. 

  
After that it was just a matter of painting each section like I had planned out. 

  
I had four coasters in total so to make each one different i flipped the images so the animals were facing opposite directions and also shuffled which numbers corresponded to which colors. 

  
After the paint was dried I then used a walnut stain over top. Stain over paint may sound kind of silly but on a thin coat of paint  it still pulls out the grain of the wood and gives the paint a distressed/vintage look.

   
 The final touch is just a quick clear coat to seal everything and protect it from sweating water glasses. 

  

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5 thoughts on “Bulls and Bears

  1. These are so pretty! I really enjoyed following your process, thank you for sharing. 🙂 I also love the idea of painting by numbers — I’d never thought of incorporating it into your own art, but it makes so much sense!

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  2. projectpatrol says:

    These are amazing, clever, and thoughtful. You should start selling them! On a side note, could you also do a post about investing money for dummies (a.k.a. me)? 😉 No? It’s OK. I’ll never understand it.

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    • Thanks girl! I keep debating starting an etsy then I remind myself I’m lazy. Lol and on that side note I’m just the receptionist 😉 though I’m pretty good at saving and budgeting I don’t know a thing about investing except they like bulls and bears or something ;P

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