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Barnwood Wall Art

By: Suzanne Cook
Suzanne Cook
Suzanne Cook

Suzanne Cook’s artistic journey started at the young age of six when she won her school’s art competition.  And, the rest is history.  Her love and passion for art made her design career a foregone conclusion and she has never looked back. Suzanne refined her talent at the University of Georgia where she received a B.F.A. in Graphic Design in 1987. 

From her work to her hobbies and her day-to-day life, everything that is Suzanne is art… Her house is filled with an extensive folk art collection as well as art by herself, her husband and daughter, who both are professional artist.

Suzanne is has a reputation for creating art with a positive, whimsical spin that is always colorful and inspiring. Her dreams really did come true when she was able to become one of Plaid’s Design Inspiration Designers!

A Georgia native, Suzanne lives in Suwanee with her husband

This barnwood wall art will look beautiful anywhere in your home.
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Skill Level: Intermediate


Plaid ® 2 in 1 Craft Tool
Item #30725
Plaid's 2 in 1 Craft Tool is the best for two crafting techniques. Use the 2 specially designed tips for cutting your own custom stencils and the 4 unique tips for burning designs into wood. The Craft Tool comes with an on/off switch, tool stand and a plastic case to hold all 6 tips for easy storage.


Folkart ® Paint Tools - Stencil Tape
Item #34002
Holds stencil securely in place; will not damage background paint or stencil's delicate features.


Folkart ® Brush Sets - Basecoating Set, 2 pc.
Item #50557
Assortment of brushes from small to large makes it easy to paint any art project!


FolkArt ® Painted Finish Kit - Barnwood
Item #5074
Get the homespun look of aged barnwood with FolkArt’s Barnwood Finish. FolkArt Painted Finishes are a great way to elevate your home decor projects. Transform the look of your projects using these creative finish options. Add rustic, but contemporary, flair to your indoor or outdoor unfinished wood decor pieces with these easy to use, non-toxic paint finishes.


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FolkArt ® Painted Finishes - Brush Set, 3 pc.
Item #5080
Get the most out of your FolkArt Painted Finishes projects with this three-piece brush set. Ideal for thick or textured paint, these flag-tipped brushes have natural bristles designed for maximum hold and smooth application. Whether you’re creating a concrete look on a terra cotta pot or adding decorative moss to a lawn ornament, these brushes give you high quality results. Excellent for a wide variety of home decor and painted finishes projects, these 1 inch brushes are reusable and clean up easily with soap and water.


FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Turquoise, 2 oz.
Item #961
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.


Other Supplies
Unfinished wood - Small pallet-style board
Wood letter “R”
Brush basin or container for water
Foam plates
Paper towels
Tracing Paper
Gray graphite
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks


  1. Basecoat the wood letter ® Turquoise. Let dry. Sand lightly along edges to create a distressed effect.
  2. Pour a small amount of Barnwood Tint onto a foam plate, then brush the tint onto the pallet following the wood grain using a Shortie Brush. Wipe off excess stain. Let dry completely.
  3. Add Barnwood Wax to the foam plate then apply the wax in sections working one pallet strip at a time.
  4. While the Barnwood Wax is still wet, immediately scrape the wax off using the side of an old credit card following the grain of the wood. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the entire pallet resembles barn wood. Let dry completely.
  5. Place the sheet of tracing paper over the pallet; secure in place with stencil tape. Position the turquoise painted ® where desired on top of the tracing paper; using a pencil, draw "elax" on the tracing paper. Lift to remove the "R."
  6. Place gray graphite transfer paper, graphite side down, underneath the tracing paper then trace "elax" to transfer the pattern onto the pallet. Remove the tracing paper pattern.
  7. Using the FolkArt 2 – n – 1 Craft Tool fitted with the round flow tip, wood burn the "elax." If necessary, wipe the tip should it become heavy with melted wax.
  8. To finish, hot glue the ® in place.


  • If transferred lines are too hard to see when transferring the wood burn pattern to the painted Barnwood, colored chalk will do the trick! Shake away excess chalk dust before wood burning.
  • Always follow the natural direction of the wood grain when scraping to remove the excess Barnwood Wax.
  • On large projects, it is advisable to work a section at a time.
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Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

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