First we met a community member of boredpanda.com, she is Kimera Wachna who quit her boring office job to start making mini maintings on recycled wood:
Growing up surrounded by trees, I’ve found a deep affinity for the life force present in the natural world. For years I worked long monotonous hours in the city, in front of a computer, and felt like I was contradicting my very existence. So, five months ago, I decided to make a change.
Today most of my time is spent making mini paintings and wood-burned pieces on recycled and free fallen wood. When there is no fallen branches from the trees around our house, I turn to my neighbors and community. Thankfully, there has not been a shortage on materials waiting to be re-purposed.
I love working small, it creates an intimate experience between myself and the natural world. I have learned to appreciate the process of crafting and have come to adore the unique quirks in nature, working to enhance its beauty, instead of forcing my own concepts.
Our second artist turns old wood into unique jewelry by using its natural shape. She is a jeweler, her name isBritta Boeckmann.
She ususally doesn’t have a plan when she designs her wood-fragment and resin accessories. Instead, she uses the natural form of the wood fragments to define the shape, fusing them with colored and sometimes glow-in-the-dark resin to make her jewelry. Boeckmann then smooths each piece with sandpaper and applies varnish to give it lustre.
“I use pieces of wood that are usually firewood and I don’t kill any trees,” Boeckmann told Bored Panda. “All the wood I use is already dead. I collect it either from forests or I get wooden gifts from my fellow woodworker friends from the Wangaratta Woodworking group. They collect unique offcuts for me which they can’t use and which they would otherwise burn. With my work I want to make people aware of Australia’s beautiful Nature treasures.”
Boeckmann moved from moved to Wangaratta in Nov. 2013 and there joined the Wangaratta woodworkers where she started working with wood and resin. In April 2014, she moved to Melbourne and got herself a small workshop. In January 2014, Boeckmann founded BoldB jewelry and began to sell her pieces online. Check her works:
And least but not the last the third artist is Lauren Elise Donaldson who shared her fabulous Woodland Herb Garden with us. This is a DIY project and we wanted to show you how easy is to enlighten your kitchen and turn your every day routine into an inspiring work.
Grow a mini herb garden, make a Mason jar clock or night light, or create ribbon chandeliers to display in any room…there’s no role the Mason jar can’t fill.
Anyone who spends time in the kitchen understands the benefit of fresh herbs and spices. No matter the size of your home, a small kitchen garden can be tended to yield savory flavors. If your collection of herbs is clogging up valuable counter or windowsill space, start a vertical garden instead. These wooden plaques may be practical but they are also a beautiful focal point in any kitchen.
- Inkjet printer
- Tracing paper
- Oval country wood plaques
- Thin paint brush
- Metallic bronze acrylic paint
- 1-hole D-ring hangers
- ½-inch screws
- 1½-inch gold cup hooks
- Half-pint-size Mason jars
- 14-gauge gold wire
- Wire cutters
- Needle-nose pliers
- Potted herbs
- Font Used: Jacques & Gilles by Emily Lime
- Using computer software, layout the names of each of your herbs. In this example, basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme were used. Print out these labels. Copy each label on tracing paper in pencil.
- On the back of the tracing paper, write over the underside of the labels. When finished, turn the tracing paper back over to the front.
- Position each label over the wood plaques, centered at the top. Firmly trace back over the labels, imprinting the letters into the wood. Remove the tracing paper.
- Using a thin brush, paint over the labels with bronze acrylic. Allow the paint to dry before proceeding.
- Attach one D-ring hanger to the back of each wood plaque with ½-inch screws. One hanger is sufficient to carry the weight of one jar.
- Five inches down from the top of the wood plaque, mark a center point. Twist in a cup hook at this point. Repeat this with the other plaques.
- Remove the metal lids and bands from the Mason jars.
- Cut one 14-inch piece of wire per jar. Wrap the wire around the lip of the jar. Cross the wires where the 2 ends meet.
- Clamp on to the wire ends with the pliers and twist them together twice.
- With one end of the remaining wire, form a loop. Wrap the other end around the loop and cut any excess wire. Add wire hangers to each jar.
- Plant herbs in each of the jars. Hang the jars from their respective wood plaques.
Hope you enjoyed our set-up on these beautiful creators. If you wish to know more about wood paintings or to learn about our DIY projects, please contact us by mail or on phone.
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