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Turning Furniture Into Art With an Octopus Sketch

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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!
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A simple sketch starts is where it starts. I drew my octopus long to fit the dimensions of the dresser I already had.
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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.
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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.
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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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  • Sunny
    on Feb 10, 2019

    This is so cool!! Great idea for my ugly storage cabinet I have by my pool! Thanks!!! 🐙

  • Sheilah Perry-rosales
    on Feb 11, 2019

    For the older generation we used to do this in school on the bulletin board.

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