Turning Furniture Into Art With an Octopus Sketch

5 Materials
8 Hours

A simple octopus sketch and an old piece piece of furniture together become a one of a kind piece of art. My recent obsession with octopuses inspired my latest piece of furniture...and anyone can create a piece of art. Here are my simple techniques using either an original sketch or a copy of your favorite image. Take a picture of your own sketch or save an image you find and copy onto transparency paper. Shine up on dresser. A projector allows you to make an image larger or smaller so you can fit your piece of furniture perfectly...and go bold! Oversized images are my favorite!
A simple sketch starts is where it starts. I drew my octopus long to fit the dimensions of the dresser I already had.
I always turn my sketch into a transparency. This way I can make my image larger or smaller with projector so it can fit the piece perfectly.
For this other project of mine, you can see how I use the projector. For this dresser, I used french ephemera from the Graphic Fairy.
Trace up your image with water color pencil in gray...any gray lines you don't remove act as a shadow line and add dimension.
I base coated my octopus in gold so when I distressed it would have dimension. I used random blues and teals and teals I had on hand to paint him.
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3 of 5 questions
  • Elizabeth Sibus-Fischer
    Elizabeth Sibus-Fischer
    on Feb 11, 2019

    What did you put on the Longer dresser? I think it looks better on the Taller one!

    • Terry
      on Sep 20, 2020

      she was simply attempting to show you how to project the image you want to copy, using that picture as an example.  Read her content.

  • Theresa Penrod
    Theresa Penrod
    on Feb 13, 2019

    What happened to the dresser? Where did the chest of drawers come in at?

    • Terry
      on Sep 20, 2020

      she was showing the way she projected on a project to draw the image. read the text.

  • Sue
    on Sep 18, 2020

    What kind of paint did you use on the dressers and did you have to sand them? Mine are from the late 50s/early 60s two identical dressers and would love to paint them, but they have that shiny wood and I don't think paint will stick to it.

    • Clare Whatmough
      Clare Whatmough
      on Sep 21, 2020

      Hi Sue. You can lightly sand the dresser to provide some grip for the paint and then paint, and/or use an undercoat specially developed for hard-to-grip surfaces. Good luck!

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  • Susie
    on Sep 18, 2020

    Love any sea theme! Your project is fresh and just wonderful!

  • Patricia
    on Nov 1, 2020

    Beautiful!! There's a wonderful documentary on Netflix about a man studying an octopus! Worth watching. They are very intelligent!!

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