I've never been much of a fan of Thanksgiving - no specific reason, it's just never been at the top of my holiday love chart. In fact, it was always below Valentine's Day, which used to make me cringe (until a few years ago - but that's a story for a different day!). Now we have kids and kids should have a chance to decide which holidays they love, un-influenced by their parents - which means that I need Thanksgiving decorations and I need them now! My mind started racing - "What can I make that I will love to see and that the kids will be excited by? Well, obviously, a gold turkey!" But what to make it out of? Pallets seemed perfect, with their rustic roots...
I love pallet art, but being concerned about the cleanliness of used pallets, I've never actually made any - until now! I found a tutorial for DIY pallets here, so I set off to work!
After he read Beckie's tutorial, I asked my husband if it would be possible for him to create the pallet double-sided so that I could paint a turkey on one side and a Christmas tree (or something else Christmas-y) on the other. He looked at me for a minute, and then said it was doable. I think his look was saying, "How did I ever end up with such a beautiful genius?" but really, it could have said, "Is she crazy? I think she's crazy." It's such a fine line between those two lines of thought.
He built it. It was beautiful! He stained it the exact stain I had asked for, and it was even more beautiful.
After the stain was dry, it was time to draw the turkey. I was short on time, so I free-handed it with a white gel pen. Next time, I'll use chalk so that I can tweak it.
After running out of this Liquitex paint, I considered stopping until I could replace the paint, but as I told you I was on a time-crunch. So I used gold fabric paint. On wood. So I'll let you know if it turns out that was a bad idea. The Liquitex gold is by far the nicer color, but finished yet not perfect is better than waiting for perfection!
Next week when we get back home I'll flip it over and make it a Christmas painting!