Friday, April 2, 2010

Jan from Bobbypens Boardwalk {Blog Anniversary Celebration}

This week Fireflies and Jellybeans is turning 1 year old! Who wants to work on their Birthday? Not me! So, I have lined up some GREAT guest posts and some FABULOUS giveaways for this week!

Our next guest blogger is Jan from Bobbypins Boardwalk
Hi -- I'm Jan from Bobbypins Boardwalk Blog. I volunteered to guestblog at Fireflies and Jellybeans as my way of wishing them a HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! I hope that they and you (their followers, friends, and visitors) enjoy this tutorial!

Creating personalized artwork is so easy and FUN! No one will ever have the same piece, you can use whatever colors you like, and when you're done -- you get to post it on your blog (haha)!

Step 1. Gather Your Supplies
Plywood or Medium Density Fiberboard (cut to size)
Gallon of Joint Compound
Putty Knife or Butter Knife
Paint (craft paint, enamel house paint, spray paint -- whatever you choose)
Frame (Optional)
Paint Brush

Step 2. Apply several scoops of the joint compound onto your board. Work it with the putty knife to get it soft and smooth (like they do with ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery).

Step 3. Start to "sculpt" your design. Designs that work well are paisleys, trees -- I'm doing a large starburst design, which is very easy and allows for a lot of color and depth. You will have about 15 minutes to work with the joint compound before it starts to thicken. If this is not enough time, push all the compound to one area and add a little water to soften it up and then have another go at it. Remember -- not possible to make mistakes -- experiment and have fun.

Step 4. Once you have completed your design, allow it to dry overnight.

Step 5. Start painting. This will be layer one. There is no need to allow for any drying between different colors on your first layer, as you are wanting them to fade into each other. After you have your base colors on in a way that pleases you, THEN ALLOW TO DRY. If you are using craft paint, this should take about an hour.

Step 6. When your first layer is dry you can start to highlight the dimensions of your artwork. Take some white paint on your brush and apply the white paint to the upper ridges. Start with a light hand until you understand the "feel" of it. Follow the direction of the ridge pattern and keep your brush parallel to your artwork for best results. See the images below.

Step 7. Allow the white paint to dry completely. This is beautiful just as it is and could definitely be considered finished, however, I prefer darker pieces. No matter what I paint, it always ends up being dark, which means I need to apply some black, in the same manner I applied the white.




Note that I did apply more gold in the center to offset the black.

Babbette and I think it turned out pretty good!
(Zoom in for a close-up so you can see those beautiful deep ridges.)

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and I also hope that you feel encouraged to make your own masterpiece. If you're ever in my neck of the woods, please visit me at Bobbypins Boardwalk. To my friends at Fireflies and Jellybeans, I wish you a very happy anniversary. God's blessings to you and congratulations on all you've accomplished!


Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

Jan- That artwork is so AWESOME! Thanks for the step by step! I love it!

Thanks for guest posting today! : )

Kelley said...

That is awesome... I really will give it a try since your tutorial made it look a little less 'scary'.

have a great weekend!

Unknown said...

Gosh, I love the color and especially the TEXTURE! Gorgeousness!!!!

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