Who’s excited about Thanksgiving Dinner? I sure am, but you know who’s NOT excited about Thanksgiving? Turkeys that’s who! As much as I love a delicious Thanksgiving Turkey I realize that the Turkey himself is not “Lovin’ being put in the oven.” Today I have a fun Thanksgiving Artists Trading Block Tutorial to share with you featuring our friend Turkey with a final plea to NOT be eaten.
Oh Turkey, I feel your pain but that doesn’t mean I’m not gonna eat you! I don’t like ham Sam I am I like Turkey, Turkey and more Turkey!
What’s cookin’ good lookin’? Is that the remnants of Gobbler’s gone? What’s this a letter to Santa? Sorry mister Turkey WRONG holiday! I understand you aren’t “Lovin’ the Oven” but I am thrilled to bits (covered in gravy) to share my very first Holiday themed Artist Trading block technique tutorial. I’m sorry I can’t save you from your landing on Thanksgiving tables across America but please find solace in the fact that you will be an integral part of The Artist’s Trading blocks movement AND delicious!
How to Create an ATB Oven
I know I’ve mentioned before that the possibilities for creating with Artists Trading blocks are endless times infinity. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I could create a tiny oven with them. That’s the beauty of the ATB, once you start you can’t STOP and creative magic happens!
- Eileen Hull Block Die
- Wendy Vecchi Metallic Silver & White Embossing Paste
- Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink (Geranium Red & Orange Blossom)
- Wendy Vecchi Clearly for Art
- Stencil Girl Borders 9J Stencil
- Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Rectangles
- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wishbones & Label Pulls
- Eyelets and Brads
- Distress Paint (Brushed Pewter and Black)
STEP 1: Using the medium-sized Tim Holtz Sizzix Rectangle cut a hole on one section of your block to serve as the oven door window.
STEP 2: Unless you are using Black Mat board cover both sides of your block pieces with Black Distress Paint. Follow with a coating of Silver Distress Paint on the inside pieces and follow the steps for the Eroded metallic Technique from CC102.
STEP 3: When the underside is dry flip your block pieces over and spread a thin coating of Wendy Vecchi Silver Metallic Embossing paste. Allow to dry completely.
I’ve always wanted stainless steel appliances…who knew I could make them myself
STEP 4: For the cook top cut a square slightly smaller than your ATB from Black Mat board or chip board. Use the Borders 9J stencil with white embossing paste to create “Burners”.
STEP 5: Create a control panel for your oven by cutting a rectangle from scrap mat or chipboard. Add Brushed Pewter Distress Paint to add a metallic edge and create knobs with eyelets and brads.
*If you hoard weird stickers from ancient artifacts like VHS tapes use them to create a digital clock. Notice how the clock reads “11:28” you see what I did there? Sometimes I amaze myself
STEP 6: Use Wendy Vecchi Archival Inks to add color to your burners. Cut a piece of Clearly for Art Film using the large rectangle from the Tim Holtz Sizzix set and adhere to inside of oven door. Add a handle to your oven door by using an Idea-ology drawer pull. To create the wire oven tray use a scrap piece of mat board and a silver pen to draw wired lines.
STEP 7: Fill your oven with Idea-ology wishbones and a handwritten note from Mr. Turkey.
So what do you think? Are you lovin’ this little ATB oven? Can you see all the fun possibilities to be had with creating ATB’s? How fun would this be to give or trade with a friend who likes to bake? Would you fill it with itty bitty Christmas cookies as a gift for a cookie swap host, or maybe give one to a Mom-to-be with a handcrafted “Bun in the oven”?
This is just a sampling of what’s to come I will have lots more Artist Trading Block fun to share with you in the coming weeks as I prep for our workshop debut at CHA. Be ready to see some amazing ATB action on December 11 with our first “Block Hop” featuring the amazingly talented ladies of Stencil Girl! I’m so excited I can barely contain myself!
I’m still working on The Artist’s on the Block website but it WILL be up in time for the Stencil Girl Block Hop In the meantime you can follow along with The Artist’s on the Block on Facebook and Twitter. Share your ATB creations by tagging it with #TheATB…can’t wait to see what you create!
Have a Happy Turkey Day!