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Acrylic Pours, Paintings on Repurposed Wood & Hand Stitched Books

MichelleB Artistry creates a variety of artwork, including acrylic pours, paintings on repurposed wood and hand stitched books. Read below to learn more about my process and passion for my work.

Hi! I am Michelle - owner and artist of MichelleB Artistry. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have a son named Jameson. I am a middle and high school art teacher. I love teaching students about my passion for art. I began my small business about four years ago when I started creating paintings on repurposed wood and hand stitching books. I took a short break after having Jameson - I needed time to be a mom and to figure out who I am as a wife, mother, teacher and artist. It is a balance, but I love it! After beginning work on my small business again, I took up creating acrylic pours. What started as an experiment turned into another passion. Now, I offer paintings on repurposed wood, hand stitched books AND acrylic pours. Read on to find out more!

Acrylic pouring is a form of art I have fallen in love with over the past year. It is a freeing, therapeutic process that gives me the ability to lose control in what I create. The process is soothing and the product is (mostly) unpredictable. I love not always knowing what the painting will look like. It is experimental, fun and scientific. My work has always been driven by color - this process allows me to freely use my love of color to create interesting compositions of color and cells. Please message me if you are interested in having a custom order of an acrylic pour!

I create acrylic paintings on slices of wood. The wood used for my paintings is from local Christmas tree farms or from fallen trees or branches close to our home. I sand and shellac the wood and then paint over the top. The subject I paint is inspired by my surroundings - the mountains. I enjoy painting mountain scenes and woodland creatures!

After taking a bookmaking class during a study abroad trip in college, I fell in love with creating books. The process is long - I create the covers by starting with paper and book board, I hand cut the paper for the inside and then hand stitch the book together (using a coptic stitch binding) - but it is so amazing to see the final product. I enjoy making books for myself to use as a journal or sketchbook. There is nothing like filling the blank pages of a book you made completely by hand.

--Information about coptic stitch books:
The hand stitched books are made using an ancient Egyptian technique called the coptic stitch and is known as the original type of book binding. This type of binding leaves the spine exposed, which shows the braid-like intricacy of the coptic stitch. This exhibits how each section of the book is sewn together.

The best feature of this binding is its ability to open 360°. The user is able to lay the book completely flat, which allows the use of the entire page to write or draw on. This avoids the issue of the binding sticking up in the way of your hand.

If you need a perfect gift for someone (or maybe a little something for yourself), these hand stitched books are the ideal option for you. There are a number of things these books can be used for: journal, sketchbook, travel journal, devotion journal, wedding guest book, daily to-do lists, address book, school notebook and much more.

In a day and age where real, hands-on writing is becoming phased out by technology, purchase a product to keep the art of putting pencil to paper around. In addition to that, you are also supporting a small, local artist whose products are completely handmade!

This is a special project close to my heart that supports a cause by donating 50% of proceeds to the Alzheimer's Association. You will find small wood slices with the phrase "love you more" hand lettered in acrylic paint.

The Love You More Project | A simple reminder of what not to forget | Alzheimer's Awareness
This project was inspired by my sweet Memaw who suffered from Alzheimer's. For as long as I can remember, we said "love you more" to each other. Over time, Memaw's memories and mind were stolen by the sickening and terrible effects of first dementia, then later, Alzheimer's. I started to see pieces of her disappear, little by little. However, one thing never failed - when I said “love you more”, her response was still always - “no way girl, I love you more.” No matter how difficult it was for her to remember small or big details because of Alzheimer’s, saying "love you more" was never forgotten. 

To keep my Memaw's spirit alive and to spread the love we shared for so long, I create paintings with the hand lettered phrase, "love you more". Half the proceeds of each painting sold are donated to the Alzheimer's Association so we may find a cure for losing our loved ones right in front of our eyes.

Thank you for your support of MichelleB Artistry!

Shop members

  • Michelle Bolick

    Owner, Artist

    Wife to my high school sweetheart and mama to a sweet one year old boy. We have a crazy, spoiled basset hound named Winslow. I am a middle school and high school art teacher. We live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina.

  • Clark Bolick


    I could not run this small business without this amazing man. This is my husband, Clark. He is the one behind the scenes cutting and sanding all the wood for all my paintings. He is my biggest supporter!

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Last updated on April 20, 2019
Welcome to MichelleB Artistry! (The new and improved PineNeedle Stitches) I create a variety of artwork, including acrylic pours, paintings on repurposed wood and hand stitched books. follow my Instagram and Facebook to see new products, works in progress and upcoming events that I am participating in - @michellebartistry

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I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Items on sale
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My goal is to ensure that you are 100% happy with your purchase from MichelleB Artistry, however returns are considered on a case by case basis. If you have ANY concerns or questions after a purchase, please send me a message on Etsy as soon as possible and I will do everything I can to address your concerns and to ensure you are satisfied.
I accept credit and debit card payments, as well as PayPal.

You do not need a PayPal Account to pay for your items through PayPal:
You can choose the PayPal Option during checkout. After you submit your order click the “Pay Now” button. Scroll Down and you will see the option to pay with a Credit or Debit Card WITHOUT having to sign up for a PayPal account.

Payment must be made in full and have cleared before the item is shipped. If you are having any issues with payment, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will assist you in any way that I can.

North Carolina residents will be charged 6.75% sales tax.
Packages are sent through USPS First Class Mail in padded envelopes. It will be noted on the package to not bend (on journals), so you should receive your product in great condition.

All orders will be sent in the specified amount of time on individual journals and paintings. If the item ordered is a finished product, it will be shipped in 1-2 business days.

If you wish for an item to be upgraded for shipping, please contact me for prices on shipment.

You will receive a confirmation email of shipment with a link to track your package.

Your order will be shipped to the address listed at checkout - please double check to make sure the address listed is correct to receive your package.

Shipping internationally is available and will be shipped USPS First-Class International.
Additional policies and FAQs
Quality of Wood Used for Paintings:
Most of the wood used for these paintings is pine wood recycled from Christmas tree farms in Watauga and Avery county in North Carolina. Wood my husband and I find is also used, which he then cuts down and sands. Before creating a painting on a slice of wood, both sides are sanded to ensure it is smooth enough to paint on. I do not change the natural shape or rough parts of the bark on the piece of wood. I use wood that has natural and unique characteristics, such as cracks, missing bark in some spots, holes in the wood, etc. This is all a part of using nature as my canvas to paint on - I accept nature’s imperfections and use them to my advantage. I believe this gives the piece character. Due to the nature of this, over time, the wood may chip or break off. However, the painting is sealed well and will remain in good condition. Please take note of the condition of the wood pictured on the desired listing and keep in mind when purchasing a painting that the wood might accentuate these natural features over time.

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Last updated on Feb 22, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Gift wrapping and packaging

Each journal and painting is carefully wrapped in natural colored tissue paper, tied with twine.

An invoice for your personal use is placed inside the package. If your order is a gift and is being shipped directly to another person, please let me know and the invoice will not be included in the package.

Once your order is wrapped, a bubble-lined envelope is used for shipping, and additional tissue paper is carefully placed inside to protect the item during shipment.

Care instructions

Each painting created is on wood cut from Christmas trees at local farms or is from fallen trees/branches that my husband and I find - we then dry them out, cut, and sand all the wood ourselves. Parts of this wood might naturally break off over time (mostly the bark on the edge). To care for the wood, keep it in a place it will not be moved or messed with much. Using a display easel or hanging it on the wall will help with this matter. If you wish to do either of these, please see listings to purchase a display easel or to add on a sawtooth hanger (or even a magnet for small paintings!)

Avoid placing paintings in sunlight and keep in room temperature to avoid fading and exposure to moisture.