Friday, July 23, 2021
Relax, beach scene, sunset, coat hanger
I found this wood sign in a thrift store. Went back to it several times, but I really did not want to clean it up. It was old, grimy, and smoke stained. It also needed some wood glue to hold the letters in place as they were coming loose.
The scene on it was cartoonish, and the shells were dull browns. I wasn't sure it would be worth the time to clean it and prime it.
First I repaired it, then I tried to clean it. What a mess. It did not come clean, even with strong cleansers and rubbing alcohol. So I sanded it down to get most of the dirt and paint off. Then I primed it with a couple of coats of white primer.
The shells and starfish are made from some kind of hard plastic. I used a special primer so the acrylic paint would not peel off. (Acrylic paint does not like slick surfaces.)
Now I could see it would work. I drew my seascape on it and got the first layer of color started. That's when I knew it would be worth it! I always love painting the colors of the ocean, and this was one I could really exaggerate. I also added some pearlescent paint to my colors on the shells and some in the painting too. When you view it at different angles it shines.
The idea of taking something I would have thrown away and turning it into something beautiful and valuable really made me feel good. Made me think about how God rescues us so often, and He turns our lives around for good.
Original hand crafted art
Acrylic on wood
Coat hanger (see below)
15.5 x 8.5 inches
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