Glazed, Distressed Paintings (A Tutorial)

How to make distressed painting using collage and glazing. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

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!

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I love these prints of glazed paintings from Ballard Designs and decided to make a miniature version of the beach themed one:

 

How to make distressed painting using collage and glazing. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

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:

 

How to make distressed painting using collage and glazing. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Here’s how to make your own!

You’ll need:
Acrylic craft paints (I use the 99 cent bottle ones)
Art canvas
Newspaper or phone book pages
Matte Medium
Gloss Varnish


Step 1: I started with a plain gallery wrapped canvas….

How to make distressed painting using collage and glazing. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

….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).

How to make distressed painting using collage and glazing. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I use my fingers to smooth air bubbles and wrinkles….Boo loves to help with this part:

How to make distressed painting using collage and glazing. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

The prepared canvas looks like this:

How to make distressed painting using collage and glazing. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 2: I painted the first paint layer using basic acrylic craft paints:

How to make distressed painting using collage and glazing. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I painted the small white strip for the sandy beach:

How to make distressed painting using collage and glazing. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

And I painted the blue for the sea/sky:

How to make distressed painting using collage and glazing. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I dragged a dry brush loaded with white paint along the line where the two colors met to blend them:

How to make distressed painting using collage and glazing. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 3: Using a simple stencil and some willow charcoal (it is easily painted over), I sketched out the letters:

How to make distressed painting using collage and glazing. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 4: I painted the letters with white paint:

How to make distressed painting using collage and glazing. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

How to make distressed painting using collage and glazing. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 5: Using an electric sander (you can also use a sanding block), I distressed areas of the canvas:

How to make distressed painting using collage and glazing. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 6: I mixed up a glaze using darker acrylic colors (I prefer the liquid acrylics by golden for glazes)

How to make distressed painting using collage and glazing. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com
Starting at one end of the canvas I began layering perpendicular lines of glaze…letting layers dry in between.

How to make distressed painting using collage and glazing. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Building and building…

How to make distressed painting using collage and glazing. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

…..so that the top end turned darker and darker.

How to make distressed painting using collage and glazing. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

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:

How to make distressed painting using collage and glazing. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

After several layers of painting, dabbing and removing  I ended up with this:

How to make distressed painting using collage and glazing. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I’m really happy with how it turned out! Rich layers of glaze and texture:

How to make distressed painting using collage and glazing. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Now you can make your own original instead of buying a print! Here’s a comparison of the original and the inspired version:

 

How to make distressed painting using collage and glazing. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Thank you Kristin and Jordan for letting me play along! This was so much fun!

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  1. 1
    Sewashley says:

    Wonderful tutorial! I love the rich colors and texture…and the fact that it will remind you of your childhood is lovely.

  2. 2

    This is so awesome! Whoa Nelly is something my sister and I say all the time (likely too much) so I like it so much more than the original and I think I will have to make one now! Thanks for the amazing tutorial as always.

  3. 3

    You always make painting look so easy, Ashley! Such a talent (one of many!) you have :)

  4. 4
    1 Funky Woman says:

    This is amazing! I want one! Thanks for giving step by step!

    Megan

  5. 5

    love this! the “whoa nelly” is great! I love those SC beaches (orig. from NC so frequented the SC beaches a ton during my childhood!) … what an awesome memory piece! ;) -Sara
    ps- the new blog layout looks great!

  6. 6

    I loved this tutorial. I did my very own paint over the weekend and made me realize how much I truly loved painting when I was really young. I’m already planning on doing a few more projects like this around the house. Thanks Ashley!

  7. 7

    What a great tutorial! I used your technique for my own project – which turned out pretty dang well – thanks to you.

  8. 8

    Whoa Nelly! this is AWESOME!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. 9

    That came out awesome! Love it!

  10. 10

    Awesome tutorial- thanks for sharing!

  11. 11
    Debbi Weiss says:

    Really good instructions. Nice result! Simple to follow and I’m gonna try it myself.

  12. 12

    perfect and I just love it.

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  14. 14

    Can you be more specific w #6? Do you use gloss glaze mediums (by Liquitex) w acrylic paint colors that are darker than the ones used in the painting already? What does “liquid acrylics by golden for glazes” mean? What is golden?

    Thank you.

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