I've been commissioned by my sister in law to be to make an alternative wedding guestbook for their wedding in October.
I have made one of these before with basic papercraft and some handy artistic skills I've picked up over the years, but this one has a twist: she has asked for it to be "unique" and match the decor in their home - rustic, white and wood, so that it can be displayed in their home after the wedding.
Now, my skills in painting aren't good enough to get a woodgrain finish mimicked with paint, so I've come up with a brilliant idea to use raw timber veneer as the base cut into planks and assembled onto a sheet of MDF to resemble solid timber "palings" (plus side is that this will be lighter than timber, thus won't be too heavy to hang).
My concept and design is not my issue. At the moment, I'm trying to determine what products I will need to achieve the required look...
Question 1: do I stain the veneer with a clear stain bringing the veneer up and using the natural wood colour and grain? (I have QLD Maple veneer, and some Raintree veneer in case the maple is too dark/orange) OR Do I whitewash the veneer and distress it for a more rustic look?
It will later have material (designed to mimic birch bark), MDF heart and leaf shapes (painted white) glued to it as well as some MDF laser cut lettering (also painted white or black to offset the potentially whitewashed and distressed veneer)...
Question 2: what kind of white paint do I use for the MDF hearts and leaves? Once painted and dried, guests will be writing their names on them (forming the guestbook), however, I am not sure what kind of paint would allow for a pen or Sharpie in any number of colours without bleeding or not holding colour over time...
It's challenging and something totally new to me...
Can anyone make any suggestions or may have worked with similar materials for similar purposes? And can perhaps provide some input?
Your help and feedback is much appreciated!
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Let me tag keen woodworkers @Wayne and @r23on for you. Not only are they very experienced and knowledgeable woodworkers, but they have also completed some terrific wedding projects recently. I'll also tag @Simon who has some great experience with different types of paint and stains, and @Yorky88 and @Beachbox who create a lot of products with distressed looks.
Looking forward to seeing how your project progresses.
Yes it's definitely veneer, it was sold as veneer for marquetry or making musical instruments.
I chose it for its weight and the beautiful grain and knot patterns. I know that it might not have been the best choice with regard to workability... I am new to this after all haha.
Though I took this into account and consulting with the vendor that supplied it to me - the QLD Maple veneer is 3mm thick, so probably could handle a stain albeit light. The Raintree however is 1.6mm so not likely to handle much.
Regarding the paint on the MDF hearts, I've tried using a Sharpie on acid free water based artists acrylic, and after a few days I noticed a purple 'shadow' like a bruise appear around the ink lines... eek. I want to avoid this if I can find a suitable paint.
Will sanding them lightly allow for greater adhesion of paint?
I'm heading to Bunnings this week to grab some supplies. I have a scrap piece of MDF I am going to try a couple of options and see what works best, and if you can recommend any particular brands of paint, primer, sealer I'll keep my eye out for those.
Would the bleeding issue occur even with a gloss acrylic too do you think?
In the interest of easy cleanup and low smell (I am presently devoid of a workspace so a majority of my painting etc will be done in my living room - thank the stars for drop sheets!)
Would love to see a picture, my Grandaughter is getting married in October. do you make for other people.?