I was so excited when Kirstin and Jordan of Kojo Designs asked me to be a part of their “the sincerest form of flattery” series! I love a good challenge so I’ve been keeping my eye out for something on my “wish list” that would be fun to do!
I love these prints of glazed paintings from Ballard Designs and decided to make a miniature version of the beach themed one:
With a few simple steps (and an eager toddler), I was able to mimic a similar glazed effect to create my own beach painting! I use a paper mache layer underneath the paint so that I can get a peeling-paint-aged-look.
My family spent most of the summer at Debordieu beach (near Georgetown, S.C.) when I was growing up. It was so secluded and natural and peaceful…..just like the painting. Once distinct memory is my mother always warning us of large waves by yelling “WHOA NELLY!!!” I decided to add those words as my own personal touch to the painting instead of the “Beach” text:
Here’s how to make your own!
Step 1: I started with a plain gallery wrapped canvas….
….and covered sections with a generous amount of matte medium using small sections of old phone book pages and adhered them using the excess medium. You may have to add more medium as you go. It is similar to making a paper-mache layer (you can use newsprint as well, I just prefer the way the small font looks from the phone book pages).
I use my fingers to smooth air bubbles and wrinkles….Boo loves to help with this part:
The prepared canvas looks like this:
Step 2: I painted the first paint layer using basic acrylic craft paints:
I painted the small white strip for the sandy beach:
And I painted the blue for the sea/sky:
I dragged a dry brush loaded with white paint along the line where the two colors met to blend them:
Step 3: Using a simple stencil and some willow charcoal (it is easily painted over), I sketched out the letters:
Step 4: I painted the letters with white paint:
Step 5: Using an electric sander (you can also use a sanding block), I distressed areas of the canvas:
Step 6: I mixed up a glaze using darker acrylic colors (I prefer the liquid acrylics by golden for glazes)
Building and building…
…..so that the top end turned darker and darker.
I used a damp paper towel to dab areas that got too dark and to blot color into the bottom white portion of the canvas to age it:
After several layers of painting, dabbing and removing I ended up with this:
I’m really happy with how it turned out! Rich layers of glaze and texture:
Now you can make your own original instead of buying a print! Here’s a comparison of the original and the inspired version:
Thank you Kristin and Jordan for letting me play along! This was so much fun!