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It was suggested by @j.w that I make a thread to post all of my arts & crafts in one place, so here it is! :)


I'll post here whenever I have something new to share, but I'll start out by showing some of the various arts & crafts I've made over the years.
I first started with pencil drawings around 2010. It was just a hobby to kill time. I mainly drew football players to start with, and then eventually moved on to airplanes as I learned more about shading and detail. You can see I incorporated color into some of my drawings. I think it worked better in some cases than others.

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My favorite drawing by far is one of the last ones I made, the RMS Titanic. I drew this in 2017.
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In the mid-2010's I started making things out of wood. Mostly small Christmas ornaments. I just used whatever I had around the house. I'd cut a slice of wood out of a branch in my yard and then draw on it with sharpie and colored pencil. I don't have photos of a lot of the early ones I made, but here's a couple I still have today. Because they were from branches, they were small. Usually between 1" and 1.5" in diameter.

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Now in recent years, I cut my own 2" to 3" circular disks out of boards or any scrap wood I have sitting around, then sand them into the best circle I can get. I've also made larger crafts to hang on walls or on cabinet handles. Oh, and I taught myself how to paint. Aside from maybe elementary school, I had never picked up a paint brush until 2018. I have a love-hate relationship with painting. It's not my favorite thing to do, but I get good results from it. Plus, I like that there's no worry about making a mistake because I can just paint over it in most cases. I never sell anything I make. 85% of what I make is given out as gifts to family members. My mom and grandma get a lot of them because they genuinely love it. They've always loved crafts in general, and when I started making things, the requests started pouring in. :ROFLMAO: The other 15% I usually make for myself. Similarly to when I first started drawing, it's a way to kill time, especially as winter rolls in and I'm looking for things to do.

The Grinch on my mini christmas tree.
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Badgers/Packers logo
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Jiminy Cricket
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Bison, wolf, and fox arrowheads
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Snowy Owl
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My grandma's house. I made this one for myself. Lots of Christmas memories in this house. After I finished this one and shared it on social media, I then had to remake it 6 times for my mom, my aunts, and my grandma. I couldn't wait to get that over with. :ROFLMAO:
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Bald Eagle
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A deer & pine trees silhouette
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A Jack O Lantern. The face was carved with a pocket knife. This is the first time I ever tried something like this. In hindsight, I would've liked to change the pumpkin shape a little bit and make the stem a little longer too.
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Great Horned Owl
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Northern Cardinals.
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An Eastern Bluebird and an American Robin on a River Birch.
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A snowy barn scene.
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My favorite painting so far: A winter scene of a covered bridge over a small stream with snowy mountains in the background. This is on one of those cheap 5" x 7" canvases.
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Here's what I've made so far this year.

In September I painted this for my grandma. She loves the fall season and sunflowers are her favorite flower so I thought it was perfect. She couldn't stop talking about it when I gave it to her. :ROFLMAO:
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Last weekend I picked up a cheap woodburner just because I was curious about what I might be able to do with it. Here's what I made so far with it.
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I dont know if I'm done with this one yet. I might paint it up a bit.
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And then last night I put together a Metal Earth model of an SR-71 and turned it into a christmas ornament.
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Happy to see you really started this thread! Too bad you don't love doing all of this as you are very good and I think you could make money on it all. Money isn't everything tho so just keep on having fun making these for your family and yourself if that's what you like. I do enjoy seeing what you come up with and I think everyone else here will also :)
 

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This is what I'm currently working on tonight. More wood burning.

I'm not really sure if I should leave it as is or paint this one similarly to the lighthouse. I might paint the trees and leave the moose the natural burned color. I also might give the untouched wood a layer of really watered down brown paint to give it sort of a stained look. Always tough making decisions after you've spent time working on something.

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the moos
 
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Gosh looks good to me just the way it is but I'm no artist. I bet it would look good either way. Wonder if there is a program where one could make it looked stained to see how it would look before you do it to the real one?
 

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Wonder if there is a program where one could make it looked stained to see how it would look before you do it to the real one?

I have used photoshop in the past to test things like that. I even used photoshop once to test different colors on someone's house for them :ROFLMAO:
 

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I've been working on this wood burning project the past two nights. I'm nearly five hours in, and I've got a long way to go. The head is complete besides the antlers. The body obviously needs quite a bit more shading.

I'm a bit nervous about the antlers, but that will be a project for another day. Other than that, I'm pretty thrilled about it so far.

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I've been working on this wood burning project the past two nights. I'm nearly five hours in, and I've got a long way to go. The head is complete besides the antlers. The body obviously needs quite a bit more shading.

I'm a bit nervous about the antlers, but that will be a project for another day. Other than that, I'm pretty thrilled about it so far.

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Beautiful work and no worries, you have the talent and it shows!
 

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@JBtheExplorer Your Fokker picture so reminded me of something I wanted to share. Two years ago we visited The Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA (I love airplanes). Looky, looky what I spotted in the WWI exhibit ❤️❤️❤️! I was sooooo excited! Of course…..many won’t understand……

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@JBtheExplorer Your Fokker picture so reminded me of something I wanted to share. Two years ago we visited The Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA (I love airplanes). Looky, looky what I spotted in the WWI exhibit ❤️❤️❤️! I was sooooo excited! Of course…..many won’t understand……

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Coincidentally one of my future project ideas is a christmas ornament of Snoopy flying a bi-plane, maybe specifically a Sopwith Camel but I haven't decided yet.
 
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Gorgeous. (There's a wonderful Facebook group, "Moose Lovers".)
There is a something or other lover for everything on Facebook...............even a hippo lovers group or two. I'm getting this shirt for Christmas:
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