My friend Alisa over at West Avenue Artworks is extraordinarily talented and can take an old piece of wood, work some magic and create stunning pieces. Go over and take a look!
Last year, she created a series of flags on rough cut wood which inspired me to try it myself- both of my husband’s parents emigrated from England and I wanted to make a British flag for him to honour his heritage. Whereas Alisa creates her flags on these beautiful pieces of rough-cut wood, I knew I would have to settle for using a pallet. I kept my eyes open for months and finally found the perfect pallet for this project on the side of the road and scooped it:
My husband cut it in half, giving me dimensions that were half as high as it was wide, as is necessary for the British flag. I sealed and primed it so the wood wouldn’t soak up the paint:
Then, I found a diagram online explaining how to perfectly measure out the British flag and painstakingly measured and drew the diagram on my pallet (this was the most painful part). I kept getting the measurements wrong and had to erase and re-draw the guidelines numerous times:
I taped it up to get crisp lines, added blue using the Fat Paint Company’s Indigo:
I let it dry and added the red (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint’s Emperor Silk) and white (TFPC’s Warm White) so it looked like this:
Obviously I had to distress it, so I went over the entire thing with sandpaper, dry-brushed the entire thing with Warm White to give a weathered effect and finished off with a layer of dark wax to bring out all the imperfections of the wood. Here is the final product:
Union Jack, 21″ x 40″