I have a complicated relationship with art. I absolutely love painting/reviving furniture & home decor, but when it comes to creating an actual painting everything I know flies right out the window. I’m terrible at painting figures & objects on my own, yet I have the desire to create art for my home. I’ve found that there are plenty tricks around covering up my lack of artistic ability. In the past I’ve used objects as painting & photos as aids, like in the case of my fish stamp prints. Today I’m doing something similar with wax paper image stamps & chalky finish paint!
Wax Printed Driftwood Beach Sign [tutorial]
- piece of flat driftwood
- wax paper
- Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint [I used Rouge]
- small paint brush
- ink jet printer
Select an image you’d like to print onto your driftwood, I chose a basic red crab. Cut a piece of wax paper into an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet. Feed your wax paper into your ink jet printer and print the image. Since the wax paper is so thin, this step took me a couple tries…I found that its best to hand feed the paper into the printer.
Place the “wet” side of the wax paper face down onto your driftwood…
Use a flat object press and rub the ink off onto the wood…
This should leave you with a nice outline of your object printed onto the wood…
Now you’re able to fill in the object with paint, if you can color in a coloring book you can complete this painting! I used chalky finish paint for this step because it has more depth & is super simple to distress (perfect for the vintage art look).
After about 30 minutes I lightly sanded the painting with a medium grit sand paper to give the sign a more vintage feel…
Creating driftwood art is as simple as that!