Shou Sugi Ban Charred Wood Wall Art - Video Tutorial

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 -
how to diy modern shou sugi charred wood black white mountain wall wood art print tutorial

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This is a good one guys! A little while back my friend Bethany from Reality Daydream asked a bunch of bloggers of YouTubers if we wanted to participate in a Wood Wall Art Challenge. Um, heck yes! I've got some creative friends and some of my favorite projects I've ever made came from a collaborative challenge. Like my three leg, One Board End Table and my Wood and Acrylic Bathroom Shelf

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So here's the brief this time: Make your own version of DIY wall art. It has to be mostly wood, and it has to be square shaped. Other than that, we could get as creative as we want. *Check out the hashtag #WoodArtChallenge on social media to follow along everyone's process. 

I've been dying to try a new technique called Shou Sugi Ban. Well, its actually hundreds of years old, but it's new to me and kinda trendy right now. It's basically using fire to char the outside of wood board to keep them preserved. 

For my wall art design, I glued inexpensive boards together, making a shiplap style panel. I'm impatient, so I frequently reach for my RapidFuse adhesive. It sets within 30 seconds and is full cured in 30 minutes. 

Because of that, I was able to take the freshly glued up panel and give it the Shou Sugi ban treatment in no time. 

After I gave my panel the cool charred look, I attached a custom mountain design using more RapidFuse All Purpose. It bonds to virtually any surface, so I didn't have to worry about my delicate cut-out not being firmly attached. 

Check out the video below to see the whole process. Speaking of video, did you know I have a YouTube channel? You should get your buns over there and subscribe to see unique content I don't share anywhere else. 

It looks complicated, but this is actually a pretty simple project. I chose a fairly complicated outline for my mountain design, but you could draw up some thing much more simple and easy to cut out. 

That alligator skin though. Isn't it gorgeous? I'm kinda obsessed with charred wood now. 

You know I've got a thing for black and white, especially if it's matte black. 

So now you've seen my version, make sure to click over and check out what 33 of my friends came up with. You guys, it's SO.GOOD. You will not believe how creative makers can get when you tell them to think outside the box. Thanks Bethany for the fun challenge! 

Check out the rest of the #WoodArtChallenge Submissions!

Read to try some Shou Sugi Ban yourself? Remember to to head over to my YouTube channel for the full video and other DIY ideas. Feel free to pin the image below to save the idea for later. 

Create rich black color and unique texture on wood by learning shou sugi ban to create a charred wood wall art

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  1. This turned out so sleek and fabulous! LOVE!

  2. That looks so, so cool! I love the texture the wood has after being charred!

  3. Elisha,

    That charred wood looks so cool. Love how your project turned out.


  4. I agree - love the texture from the charring.


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