Turning Furniture Into Art With an Octopus Sketch

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$75
8 Hours
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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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  • 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
      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
      Terry
      on Sep 20, 2020

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

  • Sue
    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
    Susie
    on Sep 18, 2020

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

  • Patricia
    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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