When I arrived home, I decided to test out my idea by flipping the board over and practicing my design and testing the furniture markers I had purchased for the project. I started with some freehand diamond shapes, because the tape I purchased to create the design, wasn't the proper tape and would not even remotely stay in place! It was putting a damper on my creativity, but I kept on going.
My assistant, Aaron, also aware of my current endeavor, came in with a brilliant idea, using a six pack ring as a stencil, with the positive and negative spaces seeming ideal for a contemporary and unique style. To my pleasant surprise, the design came out well. I used coconut oil to finish the serving board after allowing it to sit. I have since set out on a search for even more "stencils" to adorn the flip sides of my cutting boards.
I allowed the design to set for over 24 hours. I also wiped the board with hot soapy water on a cloth and wiped dry. I plan to do more serving and displays from this side more than anything. I was concerned about possible transfer of substances, but after a bit of research, I decided it was safe enough considering the wood is actually stained and there was no further bleeding or wipe off. Besides, I wouldn't want to damage the artwork. I'm sure my next one will be even better. The imperfections of my first finished board add to its custom, hands-on flare. These make wonderful personalized gifts too!
With Mother's Day coming up, this idea is a sure bet. My sister Linda wants one and I can't wait to come up with her something that she will love. I have 6 more sisters, so I may just opt for a series of smaller ones, that all fit the same motif, almost like a puzzle, with each one of them having a piece. Fitting, because all of my sisters and my two remaining brothers have a piece of my heart, and we are all a part of the big picture, created by 2 masterful artists; Mom and Dad, Douglas and Laura. My Dad is now my Guardian Angel and my Mom is my angel in this world, almost 80 years strong, my muse and my friend...an integral part of my heart and the reason it beats.
|My personally customized boards shown with the Earlywood ™ Trifecta. I gifted these to myself for Xmas.