A customer of mine contacted me and asked if I could create a flag of this city of Chicago for her friends that are getting married. I didn't even know cities had flags, so after some quick googling, I found the design. This flag was more complicated than I originally had planned. I had first thought about inlaying the 4 stars, but that wasn't possible since I like each brick to be at different heights. A lesson I learned after three attempts. I learn a little slow sometimes.
I then decided on free-handing it. Protractors and rulers for the win! The other design decision I had to make was how to make the piece a little more visually appealing. The flag design is a little plain, so I decided on keeping the original pine color as the white. I burned the grain by over-sanding the bricks which made it really pop.
Overall, I am very happy with the outcome. I've never been happy with how white looks on pine, so I'll probably use this method on future projects that call for white on this piece. After three attempts at making this piece, I hope the couple likes it.