I wanted the wood to look like it was varying shades and different pieces of wood so I taped up sections of all different widths.
Then I scrounged through my husbands stain drawer, and started wiping on stain. Once the strips of varying stains were dry, I ran some walnut stain over the whole thing.
While all that dried, I pulled out my electronic cutter – the Silhouette SD. This was a bit tricky because my cutter would certainly not cut the horse the size I needed it. So I cut it out in bits and pieces and taped it all together. I used cardstock for my paper.
Then, I soaked the back of my horse with spay adhesive. It is important to get every square inch really good. You don’t want the paint to sneak under your paper.
After I made sure the horse was stuck to the wood good enough, I took a can of white glossy spray paint and painted the whole thing.I was too impatient to wait for it to dry – so I peeled the horse right off.
Once it was dry, I took a sander to the whole thing, scuffing to my pleasure.
It really turned out better than I had hoped.
So while I went to do the second horse, I had always intended to do the same method, so my silhouette was already cut out. However, when I stuck the paper horse on I realized how much I would like it if the staining and painting was reversed for the second piece.
So at that point, I took a pencil and traced the horse shape onto the stained wood. Then I carefully hand painted the horse on in white, and sanded after so more wood grain would show through the stain. This method definitely took longer.
Had I known I was doing this beforehand, I imagine I would have kept the outer part of the silhouette that I cut out, and then spray painted like I did the first one.
Does this make any sense?
But now that it is all done, I am quite pleased with my horses.
Let me know if you have any further questions.