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MODERN ART PAINTINGS : A Family Portrait Using A Wood Burner

Updated on November 4, 2010

Family Portrait With A Modern Twist

My nephew, Jesse, and his new wife, Megan, got married several months ago and have been living in Costa Rica. I wanted to make them an art piece for their home but wasn't sure about what it would cost to get large canvas art painting to Costa Rica!

Well, they are "home" for a visit and I decided last week that I would do them a smaller portrait--one they could fit into their luggage on their way back to Costa. In my supplies, I found a wooden plaque and came up with the idea of using my wood burner to burn their portrait into the plaque, something I had never attempted before.

I found that using a wood burner was a lot more difficult than a pencil or paint brush to get the portrait to look like the people! Overall, I'm pleased even though it doesn't look as much like them as my other portraits.

When I gave the art to Megan and Jesse last night at a family get-together, they seemed really happy and very surprised which put a big smile on my face and satisfaction in my heart.

And here's a close-up photo of their wedding date I added to the composition.
And here's a close-up photo of their wedding date I added to the composition.

As with most art projects, once I begin, the project starts taking on a life of its own and winds up different from the picture I initially imagine. The piece of wood I used had a couple of interesting knots that I wanted to show. So, after I burned in the image, I decided to mix red acrylic paint with a medium that looks like a wood stain. (It's called "DecoArt Staining Antiquing Medium" and I bought it at Hobby Lobby.)

Once I applied all the mixture, I took a cloth and wiped the excess. I'm not sure what happened...maybe I did it incorrectly...regardless, the wood wound up looking like a rustic, unkept, sun-bleached deck on someone's trailer--very washed out! I wasn't happy with it at all. So, it was time to regroup and do something else!

I wound up mixing more red acrylic paint with "Liquitex Gloss Super Heavy Gel" Medium (for added texture) and applied that to the un-burned surfaces of my portrait. And with that I was happy. I added black acrylic paint to the edges and back. Then sprayed the whole piece with a clear acrylic high-gloss sealer. With that, my work was completed.

Here's the photo I secretly nabbed from their facebook profile.  hehe.  Sneaky I am!
Here's the photo I secretly nabbed from their facebook profile. hehe. Sneaky I am!
Here's a photo I took just after I charcoaled in the image.  My inexpensive wood burner is to the right, heating up.
Here's a photo I took just after I charcoaled in the image. My inexpensive wood burner is to the right, heating up.

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    • MyInfo411 profile imageAUTHOR

      MyInfo411 

      8 years ago

      Thank you, fetty. I stopped by your profile and read your Mother's Day article. I was touched....

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      fetty 

      8 years ago from South Jersey

      My son loved his wood burner many years ago. Great hub.

      Congratulations on your nomination.

    • MyInfo411 profile imageAUTHOR

      MyInfo411 

      8 years ago

      Thank you, andi.

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      andi 

      8 years ago

      original art, very beautiful

    • MyInfo411 profile imageAUTHOR

      MyInfo411 

      8 years ago

      Thank you, Denise and ripplemaker. :o)

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      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      What a unique idea. Congratulations on your nomination. Good luck!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Yipppeee! You are nominated for the Arts & Designs category of the Hubnuggets! Keep promoting to your family and friends. Best of luck to you! http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets10/hub/The-hubnugget...

    • MyInfo411 profile imageAUTHOR

      MyInfo411 

      8 years ago

      Thank you, Pamela! I'm honored.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Very neat artistic skill to do this type of work. Congrats on your nomination.

    • MyInfo411 profile imageAUTHOR

      MyInfo411 

      8 years ago

      Thank you, Money Glitch.

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      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Interesting form of art to remember significant family events. Congrats on being selected as a nominee of this week's HubNuggets Wannabes Contest.

      https://hubpages.com/community/The-hubnugget-wanna...

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