Wednesday, April 22, 2020

An Expression of Love - Woodworking Tutorial


Create Something Special for Someone Special.

With this tutorial 'An Expression of Love', You will have a detailed, step by step set of instructions that will allow you to create a cherished work of art that will last a lifetime.

There are tons of items you can buy as a gift for someone special in your life for all those celebratory occasions.  We do that all the time for Anniversaries, Valentine’s Day and Birthdays or just because you want to say, ‘I love you’. 

If you really want to be a Hero, create something special for someone special. 

Those gifts are appreciated for sure.  But if you want to endear yourself with someone special, make something by hand.  After all, a handwritten note of affection will always go over better than a printed card. 

Let’s take a look at the finished work you will create with this tutorial.

The tutorial covers three separate pieces.  The piece on the far left is titled, ‘Key to My Heart’. The center red one is titled, ‘The Valentine’ and smaller one is titled, ‘My Heart to Yours’.

Buy the tutorial 'An Expression of Love' now. The complete step by step tutorial is only $15.00.  Click the button here.


You can purchase with a credit card or Paypal.  After purchase you will get an email with a link to download the tutorial.  

Here is a closer look at various areas from each piece.

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wood sculpture for valentineDIY valentine gift

The tutorial starts off with how to cut and shape the raw wood stock.  You will get tips on picking out the wood then several small videos and several still photographs accompany the written explanation of how to get the wood ready to paint.  You start off with a straight 1 by 2 piece of lumber 8 feet long and finish with three sculpted pieces like in the next photo.

No step or detail of the process is left out.  You can create these beautifully constructed and painted wood sculptures.  The tutorial is 83 written pages, it has 56 beautiful still photographs with 54 small videos totaling 128 minutes in length.  An internet connection is required to view videos.

The painting process is covered so well that you can be a complete novice at painting and still create a beautiful work of art.  The tutorial has every color used and every section painted exhaustively explained by text, video and photograph.

The tutorial shows you how to create and paint small copper hearts to look like they are patinaed.

copper hearts painted to look like patina
Copper hearts painted to look like they were patinaed.

You love to work with your hands and that’s a good thing.  Few things in life match the satisfaction and enjoyment of creating something from nothing.

DIY wood sculpture of love
Key to My Heart

The way you will create this work gives it a warmth that cannot be achieved any other way.  And that’s the endearing beauty of something created by hand as opposed to a ‘product’ pumped out by a robotic machine in a factory somewhere. 

DIY valentine made from wood.
The Valentine

When you give this gift to someone, they will immediately feel the hands-on effort it took to create it.  You know this from your own life experience in that you are easily able to spot a handmade work as opposed to a factory product.  There will be something there, something of you while you are in the process of creating that somehow, someway attaches itself to your hand-crafted creation.  

Whatever it is, this honesty, this presence, cannot be duplicated in any way by a machine.  And you know that to be true and not bs because you’ve felt this experience yourself many times.

My Heart to Yours

That is what we are doing here and that is what we are giving.  It’s not only a beautiful and heartfelt gift but it also is a part of you that you are giving.  It’s a part of you that says I cherish you, I value you, I love you.  That essence, that aura, whatever it is will be intuitively perceived and appreciated by the person who is fortunate enough to receive one of your endearing Expressions of Love.

If you'd like to create these wonderful expressions of love but don't feel comfortable with the woodworking part, you probably know someone with the tools that would be happy to help you get the wood stock to painting phase. 

Buy the tutorial 'An Expression of Love' now. The complete step by step tutorial is only $15.00. Click the button here.


You can purchase with a credit card or Paypal.  After purchase you will get an email with a link to download the tutorial.  

Here is a look at the chapters in the tutorial.

Chapter One - Cutting and Shaping the Wood                  
This chapter will show you how pick out a nice straight 8 foot, 1 by 2 pine piece of wood stock from the store.  Then explains how to cut the wood and shape it with a grinder.  It shows how to add texture and banding lines.  This chapter also shows how to create the Cupid's arrow from a 3/8 inch wood dowel.

Chapter Two - Preparing to Paint
This chapter will explain the two steps to prepare the wood to paint on.  The steps are to seal the wood and then sand it.  I show you my special sealer and what sandpaper to use.

Chapter Three - Making Patinaed Copper Hearts
This chapter shows you how to cut out the copper hearts and patina them by either using Miracle Grow or faux painting the patina on.

Chapter Four - Layout the Design
This chapter explains how to take all the elements and layout the design for each piece.

Chapter Five - Painting 'Key to My Heart'
This chapter shows a very detailed step by step methodical procedure on how to paint the sculpture titled Key to My Heart.  It demonstrates how to paint Cupid's arrow and attach it to the piece.  It goes over attaching the key and patinaed copper heart.  It also shows you the best way to make a hanger for the work.

Chapter Six - Painting 'The Valentine'
This chapter shows a very detailed methodical step by step procedure on how to paint the sculpture titled The Valentine.  It goes over Cupid's arrow and attaching it, attaching the key and making a hanger.

Chapter Seven - Painting 'My Heart to Yours'
This chapter explains how to paint and finish off the sculpture titled My Heart to Yours.

Appendix One - Paint Colors
I talk about the painting scheme for the different pieces.

Appendix Two - Personal Embellishments
I talk about how you can use your own personal embellishments to tailor make each piece you create.  I give an example.

Appendix Three - Aging Metal
This is an explanation of how I age new metal hardware to make it look rusted.  There are 5 videos here for you to look at.

Appendix Four - Tools
A list of most of the tools used in the making of these wood sculptures.

Appendix Five - List of Videos
A list of all the videos in the tutorial and a link to them.

Buy the tutorial 'An Expression of Love' now. The complete step by step tutorial is only $15.00. Click the button here.


You can purchase with a credit card or Paypal.  After purchase you will get an email with a link to download the tutorial.  

More information on downloading the tutorial here.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Paint a Garage Door to Look Like Dark Wood

I completed my last garage door painting project last week and it is the darkest wood color that I have attempted so far.  Looks great though and the clients love it and so does their designer.

Let's take a look at how the door came out.  This garage door came out great and I got a lot of really nice comments on it from the neighbors as they passed by.

paint a garage door to look like really dark wood

This home is undergoing a really big remodel.  That stone work around the garage door was just completed the week before I began my painting.

The assignment was to paint a really dark wood look on the garage door.  To get there I first applied a basecoat of paint that is darker than the usual basecoat of paint I use on my garage door projects, I used a Sherwin Williams color called Terra Brun.  To get the dark wood grain I needed a really dark brown but not black.  So I mixed SW Black Bean with Black at about 40% Black to 60% Black Bean.  Really gave me a dark, dark brown without going black.

I used that mix to paint the wood grain.  Then once that was dried I thinned down a SW color called Turkish Coffee gave the whole door a very light glaze.  I mean I really thinned it down too but it darkened the base coat that was showing through the wood grain and really tied it all together.

After the whole garage door was painted to look like wood, I applied the crystal clear 100% acrylic UV coating.

The next two photos give you a closer view.

garage door painted to look like dark wood

garage door painted to look like wood

This last photo shows how I handle the area hidden under the weather strip that goes around the door.
If you don't paint that area, when the garage door opens you can see a white vertical stripe there.  It doesn't bother most people but it bugs me so I go the extra mile and paint that in.  I can't wood grain it but no matter, when the door is opening I just don't want to see a white stripe there.   So as you can see in the photo indicated by the read arrows I put some of my low tack tape on the door.  I do this when the door is closed and make sure at the seams I cut through it with a utility knife, if I didn't the tape would rip apart when the door opened.

The top red arrow shows how I have painted in that white area and the lower red arrow shows where you can still see the white area behind the weather stip still needing to be painted.  I raise the door a little at a time to get those areas. I used the very dark brown paint I had mixed for the wood grain.

The green arrows are showing the weather strip that I painted in later with the same dark brown paint mix.  The upper green arrow indicates the soffit area above the garage door which was about 8 inches in width.  I also painted that in with the dark brown paint.  The painting of the weather strip and the soffit really picture framed the door and it looks great.

paint garage door to look like wood

A last look at the garage door painted to look like a dark wood grain.

paint garage door to look like wood