Monday, July 01, 2013

reclaimed wood American flag

While I am married to a Veteran (the hubs was Navy Search and Rescue) I must admit that I am not the most patriotic person but for the last few years I've had the idea of an American flag as "big statement art" floating around in my head.  I wanted to create something that was a tribute to the flag, something rustic with a twist of Americana. I know I am not the first to come up with something like this but nonetheless I set out to create my own version!  

Important note- this project is a representation of the American flag (not an exact replica). I am aware of the symbolism of the flag and appreciate flag protocol but I made the creative decision not use it for this project. I apologize in advance if this is offensive to anyone out there.


When my parents tore down an old fence a couple months ago, I knew that the old weathered wood would be perfect for my flag idea! I started by picking out 6 good pieces that had lots character to them and let them dry out in the sun.

Next, I lined up the pieces of wood and Andy nailed 2 x 2's to the back.

Then I taped off the different areas (for stars and stripes) and started painting.

I wanted a really light wash that would let the character of the wood show through so I mixed 50% paint- 50% water. 

Then I started painting!


I added stars with spray paint and a stencil.



The last step was to sand it down and distress the surface and add a wire to the back for hanging.


I am thrilled with the results and we loved it so much that we hung it in the living room- perfect timing for the 4th of July but I am excited to have it hanging year round!



36 comments:

  1. Wow! Very beautiful ♥♥♥

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  2. Such beautiful piece of art !! and very inspiring.

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  3. Gorgeous piece of Artwork! Love all that went into this piece even though I'm not American!

    Hugs Giggles

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  4. Love what you did with this wood... recycled wood has so much character and it does fit in with your decor and your art!!! and my has your little girl grown!!!!

    Love this flag with an aged look...

    you're so inspiring, thank you!!!

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  5. Wow, that's a vy beautiful peace of art.
    Love the wood and distressing.
    Liefs, Melanie

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  6. I Love it. It´s beautiful♥

    LG Kerstin

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  7. Alice, you're the best creative woman among all the bloggers! I admire your Tallant, your ideas and what you have in the end! It is super! Good for you!

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  8. Ok, if my comment shows up twice, just ignore it (cranky internet over here). Gorgeous piece of art! Looks freaking gorgeous, you've done such a great job. But why on earth do you feel the need for apologizing?? If anyone gets offended they probably take things a LITTLE bit too seriously...but then that's their problem and not your responsibility. Your apology says a lot about the society you live in - quite frankly scary!

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  9. Meghan above said just what I was going to say too...

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!! My favorite color combo of all is red,white,blue and the Fourth of July is my 2nd favorite holiday! I too made a flag out of wood last year and have mine sitting out too.
    I love the look and size of yours, looks great on the wall!!
    Way to go on finally getting your flag done so you can enjoy it everyday.

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  10. The "frayed" edges on the stripe side appear war torn and nicely aged

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  11. Mary Schweitzer4:08 AM

    I am not a big flag person, but I do like this one very much.
    I sent you an e-mail re your abstract class back on the 19th of last month, I am wondering if you got it?
    Thanx!
    Mary Schweitzer

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  12. Alisa, would you pls share with us what type of paint you used for this project? Was is latex house paint or craft paints?

    Thx
    Cristi

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  13. It's wonderful Alisa! It looks perfect on your wall!

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  14. Wonderful piece of artwork!! It looks awesome in your space.

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  15. great piece - looks like it has weathered many a storm. Hope you saved a lot more of that fence, I see more such projects in your future.

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  16. Anonymous9:23 AM

    This is such a beautiful piece of artistic work. It ties the room together perfectly. Just Beautiful!!!!

    Barb
    NC

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  17. What a beautiful piece of art work for your home! It took my breath away when I saw the living room photo with the light shining in. You continue to amaze me :-)

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  18. WOW!!! i love the artwork!! Good job!!!!

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  19. What a beautiful piece! Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Wow! Lucy's getting so big!

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  20. Such an amazing work - I LOVE it!

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  21. A wonderful project...looks great on the wall.

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  22. Absolutely gorgeous!! Soo love it!! Xo

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  23. what a fabulous addition to your living room! I'm all for repurposing & recycling.

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  24. I'm not usually super into the Americana theme either but this does look gorgeous!

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  28. Love it Alisa. Totally makes me think of Jasper Johns art too!

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  30. Love it! Happy 4th!

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