Not Quite so Literal Sailboat Art

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1 Hour

Here is a way to make nautical art that is suggestive of the sea without being too realistic.

Yes I know, not everyone is going to see the point of destroying perfectly good nautical wall hangings such as this one. But the fact is that it was starting to look shabby and was too small for the wall.

So I disassembled the poor thing, filled the holes in the raised frame with wood putty and wiped the putty to level with my finger. Once dry it can be sanded down.

By the way, I’m explaining this whole process but there is no reason why you couldn’t use any frame or base you wanted to, I just liked the 3D effect and I wanted to declutter.

I also happened to have the backing boards of some certificate frames left over from a previous project and decided to use them. The only criteria is that the edges be neatly cut and not jagged.

Like this one.

Next you have two options:

Option 1 is to spray a layer of white primer and wait for it to dry. Notice that it isn’t even very even.

Next, spray a coloured layer and whilst the paint is still wet, blot it with newspaper.

Pull the newspaper off before the layer of paint dries.

Option 2 is to paint the board in your chosen colour and wait for the coat to dry. (I didn't use a primer for this one.) Then scrunch up a plastic bag and spray the bag with paint.

Whilst still wet, press the painted bag down onto the board’s surface.

Then pull the bag off.

I also sprayed the frame

For illustrative purposes

And stuck it to the back of the board with a glue gun.

I had some wine barrel off-cuts but you could use any triangular pieces of wood to stick as sails with a glue gun.

I literally just hung them by the frames from the existing nails.

They have depth because of the thick frames.

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  • Nancy K
    Nancy K
    on Feb 22, 2021

    Do you have a website where I can see other projects of yours? I don’t want to miss any. Thanks!

    • Thea
      on Feb 23, 2021

      No I don’t unfortunately but if you click on my name or picture on Hometalk you will find other projects.

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  • Nancy K
    Nancy K
    on Feb 22, 2021

    Hi Thea, I continue to watch for your posts. Always so creative and inventive while using simple techniques. I love this idea. The newspaper really creates a depth that replicates the ocean feel. Please continue the great work!

  • Nancy K
    Nancy K
    on Feb 24, 2021

    So I guess we won’t see you with your own website? 😉

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