Ok, so learning to make all this wooden stuff is fun but you end up with a lot of scraps left at the end of the day. I think more so when you are starting out cause you mess up cuts and if your’e anything like me, you end up buying bad wood that is bent and bowed and cant be used (I blame that on shopping with my kids..lol)
I love color, I love the beach, so I thought why not throw a few pieces of wood together and try my hand at painting? So thats what I did! This is a foolproof ombre beach painting. You can NOT mess it up. I cant paint to save my life, but I love how these turned out. If you dont have spare wood lying around, get your hands on a pallet, or use canvas. Any hard surface would work, and I think the imperfections of the wood add to the character, so your options are limitless.
The first step if you are using wood pieces like me is to stick em together. I did it the most basic way and just used 2 pieces of 1×2 and drilled them in. However I now have a Kreg Jig pocket hole system and would use pocket holes if I were to do it over again. Either way would be fine. Pocket holes would just be nice and flush.
I stained my wood, as I was going to (and still might) sand the edges a bit so some of the wood shows through. Just make it look a bit more rustic. I have learned though that when you make something and you like it, DONT fuss with it. You can end up screwing it up and then you’ll be kicking yourself. So right now I am waiting to see if I want to sand them or not.
Get all your paint colors ready. If you dont have a fancy shmancy pallet, use an old egg carton like me. Paint your wood with a thin coat of white just to give yourself a lighter background. As you can see from mine I just used an old chip brush and its streaky as all get out. Dont worry, just get er done.
Ok here is where my tutorial went in the garbage..lol. I could not get pictures with every step as my paint was drying to fast and you really need to do the blending while the paint is wet. So I will tell you what I did. Close your eyes and visualize. NO WAIT! don’t close your eyes, then you cant read.
I started at the bottom with white and worked my way up.
White, pale aqua, aqua, dark blue, light blue, medium blue. Blend like crazy where the 2 paint colors meet. Run a little into each other. I then took some white and blended it into the blues at the top to create a cloud effect.
After standing back and looking at it, I decided I needed some sand. So i added more white to the bottom (just so it was wet) and then blended in a tan color for my sand.
I went back with a dry brush and added a few light strokes here and there to each color for some dimension.
You REALLY CAN NOT mess this up, this is a really foolproof ombre beach painting. The beauty of paint is if you don’t like something, paint over it. And make sure your paints are wet while you are blending. Thats it done! I LOVE the colors!
What colors would you pick???
Any questions? Never hesitate to ask!