Stained Art - Sunflower Table

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Sunflowers happen to be one of my favorite flowers. It reminds me of my younger son, who has always loved them and wanted to have them planted!

I've done a handfuls of sunflower tables, but this one I'll be sharing with you is a little different!

This is my first one I created, and was my favorite of all of my sunflowers. Until now... now, I can't decide which I prefer.

We just had the release of our new Wise Owl seasonal colors, and one of them is Goldenrod, so I decided to use it on the base of the table.

For the aged look on the base, I used MinWax oil-based stain and  sealed the base with our Wise Owl Varnish in Satin.

I had decided to use this table at our local festival here in Franklin, PA, to do a demonstration on my staining technique. This was what the design looked like at the end of the two days of staining during the festival.

I had a lot more detailing to do, but when I got it home and started really looking at it, I decided I wanted to try some COLORED stain on this one before I went in with the detailing! I used General Finishes Dye Stain in Yellow for the sunflower.

At this point, I still wasn't sure about the leaf/ stem. I didn't have any of the GF dye stains in green, but I DID have a different colored stain that I had never used before and decided to give it a try. This one was made by RePurpose. I was pleasantly surprised with the stain.

Once the water-based stains had dried enough, I went in and did a lot more detailing with my oil based stain. When the sunflower was complete, I wasn't liking the raw background.

I used a walnut stain for the background and added some of the ebony around the edges.

When the stain was all cured, I applied our Satin Varnish for protection.

Isn't she lovely?! Sunflowers are definitely a favorite! This one sold pretty quickly.

Now, tell me - which do you prefer? The colored or the raw?  

 Since it really wasn't fair to use the middle picture as a comparison since it didn't have as much detailing, I added another finished piece without color to help you decide.

If you would be interested in a custom design, send me an email or connect with me on Facebook, and we can come up with a one-of-a-kind design!

Here's a sneak peek of what I'm working on right now - almost complete! It's a show stopper!!

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  • Linda
    on Oct 29, 2019

    I love your work but I am not as skilled as you to be able to do the base sunflower freehand. I can add the detail no problem. What do you suggest for people like me?

    • Cherie
      on Dec 5, 2019

      overhead projectors or even those cheap ones at the art store can take a small image and make it any size you want by how close or far away the projector is from the canvas or table. I've seen artist do this for large murals plenty of times.

  • Garnet Julep
    on Dec 7, 2019

    WoW... I have a short (26”) chest in my bedroom that had been part of a hutch so the top is a mess that I’ve been covering with scarves ..would love to give this a try… Your article said you could come up with designs… My married name is Jonah and my husband‘s been dead though for 38 years but I’m still in love with whales… Might you have a whimsical oil pattern or idea???

  • Edna
    on Sep 14, 2020

    this sunflower is a transfer? And where I can find.

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  • Kelly Ann
    on Jun 5, 2020

    This is exactly what I was looking for to do for my dining room table turned desk/work station

    couple questions: how did you too coat/ protect your finished surface? And if you transferred the image to the wood how did you print it in such a. Large size? That’s where I’m stuck...

  • Ruth
    on Sep 21, 2020

    Yes I would. I have 2 identical tables as the one you did with the sunflower.

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