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I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love all things nautical! Anything that reminds me of the beach or the ocean is fantastic in my book. I enjoy having nautical décor in my home all year round, but particularly during the summer months I’m always trying to come up with fun new things I can display to make me think of the beach even when I’m not there. Recently, I came up with this simple, quick, and inexpensive Framed Nautical Art using Stencil1 images and FolkArt paints. Here’s how I made it:
- 5x7 and 3x5 frames from Goodwill
- OlyFun fabric: blue and white
- Sponge brush
- Burlap Mesh
Step 1: Cut a piece of fabric the same size as your frame. Tape the stencil in place so it doesn’t move while you’re working.
Step 2: Carefully use a sponge brush to apply paint to the stencil. A little bit goes a long way. I like to tap my brush on scrap paper or another surface to get any excess off before I apply it to the stenciled area. If you have too much paint, it will bleed underneath the stencil and give you a fuzzy image.
Step 3: Carefully remove the tape and stencil. Once the paint is dry, place the piece in your frame. I chose to not replace the glass because I want to be able to see the texture of the fabric and the details of the stencil and not have to worry about a reflection. Plus, now it’s unbreakable, which is always helpful when there are little people around the house.
I did the same steps for the second image and just added my mesh burlap across the top when I placed everything in the frame. Again, I opted not to use the glass from the frame because I love the mixed media effect of the textures.
Once the frames are finished, they’re ready to display!
This project only took me about 10-15 minutes to create, and it was very inexpensive too, which is always a plus. Now, I have a fun reminder of the ocean to look at whenever I want…and you can too! I hope you enjoyed the project, and I would love for you to stop by One Artsy Mama
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