I really appreciate the suggestions for fixing my last project, the desktop message center. I added some thin strips of wood to the edges of the cork, and that seems to help a lot. I’m still debating whether to fill the screw holes. Anywho, on to the next project, this rooster cutting board.
This board was unfinished, which makes it a lot easier to paint and floof up. No sanding away drips and dark paint colors. A light sanding to smooth the fuzzies and a quick coat of primer and paint, then time for the floofing.
My go-to lady for graphics, as you know by now, is Karen aka The Graphics Fairy. Her rooster or chicken (?) graphic seemed perfect for this little board. I always use MS Publisher to make any changes and to size graphics to fit. For this graphic, I changed the banner wording by simply drawing a box over Le Poulet, filling the box with white, then inserting a WordArt box in the space with the phrase “Joy in the Morning.”
After reversing the image, I took the file on a jump drive to my local copy shop to have a laser copy made. I actually had to make two trips to the copy shop this time. The first time, I made the copy too big- forgot to tell her to copy it as is, rather than expand to fit the page. The ladies at the shop are so kind that they sometimes just give me the copy at no charge. They probably feel sorry for my frazzled self. I really need to get a laser printer, but I would kind of miss those sweet ladies.
Where was I? Oh, yeah, time to transfer the image, with Doodle Magic, of course. Simply lay the image face down on the board, tape in place on one side. You’ll want to be able to lift the paper to see if you need to add more transfer medium or burnish a little more. Very lightly rub Doodle Magic over the back of the image, then burnish with a popsicle stick.
When the image has transferred to your satisfaction, let dry. If desired, sand to distress and add glaze. Spray with a top coat to seal the image and protect the surface.
This little rooster cutting board was so quick and easy, my favorite kind of project. But I’m not sure if this is a rooster or a chicken or something else. What do you think? The extravagant feathers make it seem like a guy, but there’s no wattle or comb. Hmmm.