Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Make your own rustic beachy art

Well that's what I am calling it. I made three paintings for my guest bathroom. On each painting I did a faux wood background and then painted a beachy theme on top. I will show you how to easily make a canvas into a faux wood background.

You will need Black, brown, and white acrylic paint. That's it.

Make four equal lines down the canvas
Make several curved lines within one of the four spaces two or three times. This will look like the knots in the wood. Use the black for the curves and fill in with the brown. Add some white to the edge to add more depth. paint surrounding area brown mixing it in wtih the black to create more texture.
Use white for each line in between. This will make it look like wood boards.
add brown to the white line to blend it more.
Repeat for each space.
Now paint over your faux wood with what you want. I outlined my drawing in white chalk before painting. This is helpful to me. I then painted coral:
An octopus:
And jellyfish (I had the faux wood going sideways in this one to add interest)
Here they all are together:

Do you love them?!? I do! This was a fun project. I just love to paint. Guest bathroom almost done. Reveal soon. I promise people!


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Amanda said...

These all look wonderful, thanks for sharing the 'how to'!

Josie said...

Oh my goodness! You are so talented at painting! I love these...beachy is definitely my favorite decor theme. I have an octopus/squid phobia but your octopus looks so cute and friendly :) Thanks for sharing!

Jaymie said...

I just linked over from Tip Junkie. I love this project. What a creative idea! Thanks so much for sharing!


Brooke said...

Wow! You're very impressive with that painting technique. I can't paint to save my life! The only way I made it through Painting class in college was to be very "modern" ;)

Krysta said...

They turned out so cute! You are such a talented painter and make it seem so easy. I love how you can paint just about anything.

Kirsten said...

Oh these would be perfect for my boys bathroom. I'm going beachy in vintagy, subtle way. If that makes sense.

Candi said...

Ok so since I am nowhere NEAR the artist you are, couldn't I just glue some pictures on there! hahaha

aimee said...

do i love them? yes yes i do, your very talented they look fab xxx

Natasha in Oz said...

Oh I love them too and am very envious of your obvious talents as an artist! I would never be able to paint these amazing pictures. That coral looks amazing!

Best wishes,

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

The painting look amazing and are so fun!!

Kara @ June & Bear said...

Those are beautiful. You are very talented.

Amy of The Salvage Collection said...

yes, i LOVE them! i'd like a set in aqua, please!! ;)


Catherine said...

How beautiful! Well done!

Vicky said...

They look fabulous! Not sure I have the talent to pull this off, but you did a super job. I am a new follower from Skip to My Lou. Vicky @ www.messforless.net

Saraccino said...

I love them too! Especially the jelly fish is beautiful with the shades on the tentacles.. (or whatever they are called ^^)

Heidi said...

Saw you featured on Under The Table and Dreaming...told you your paintings were AMAZING!! :)



Tiaras & Bow Ties - Think Smink said...

found you via Under the Table and Dreaming. I absolutely love your blog and have been reading a few of your posts. I so luv finding fellow painters here in blogland. I am your newest follower and would love to have you stop by whenever you get a chance.

Mrs. Limestone said...

Love the octupus! So much fun.

It would look great on real boards too.