- 1 - 12" x 12" scrapbook paper
- 4 - Old papers (pages from a book, old bills, schoolwork, etc.)
- Sketchpad (copy paper works, too)
- Chipboard (thin enough to cut)
- Graphite pencil or black marker
- Gesso, white
- Acrylic paints
- Mod Podge®, matte
- Embroidery thread
- Hand quilting needle
- Blow dryer
1. Use your graphite pencil to sketch several sailboats onto your sketchpad, and then cut out the images.
2. Trace your sketches onto the chipboard, and then cut the chipboard to create your templates.
(If you cannot draw, take a picture of a sailboat, cut out the image of the sailboat, and use that for your template.)
3. Use the acrylic paint and paintbrush to paint your old papers various colors.
4. While the paint dries, grab your scrapbook paper and cover it in white gesso, then use the blow dryer to quickly dry the gesso.
5. Once the gesso dries, grab various shades of blue and greens to create the ocean scene.
(The key to creating a good ocean is to not "over blend" the colors.)
6. While the ocean scene dries, use your sailboat templates to cut out the sails and boats.
(You'll notice that I chose to turn the small sails over and use the backside in the finished scene, that's because I felt the hints of red and yellow looked more attractive as sails than the full pink sails. Don't be afraid to paint over your sails if you don't feel the colors are working for you!)
7. Trace the sailboat templates onto the dried ocean scene.
8. Use your graphite pencil to create small waves (squiggly lines) under the boats.
9. Use the Mod Podge® to adhere the boats to the background.
10. Once the Mod Podge® dries, use the embroidery thread to create a simple back stitch around the sails and the boats. Continue with the back stitch to create the waves.
(I like to use the needle to punch holes into the paper before I begin stitching. To create the back stitch, work right to left. Bring the needle up through the back of the paper, and then back through the front of the paper at the 2nd hole. Move the needle to the left, then up through the paper on the 3rd hole, then back down through the 2nd hole.)
11. Once the piece is completed, flatten the image under several heavy books.
(I usually allow the books to sit on top of the collage for at least 24 hours.)
12. Sign and date the back.
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