diy fish stamp painting

Fish Stamp Painting {DIY}

Living on the coast, I’m constantly inspired by unique beach art.  Of course it’s mostly art I could never afford, but that’s why its called inspiration ;)  A few months ago, I came across this amazing piece of art at a local shop, it was a gorgeous painting of a fish.  When I inquired, it turned out that the artist actually took a (dead, eeek!) fish, dipped it in paint and then stamped it on a canvas.  Now this had me thinking…I had to try to recreate this myself!  First, let me preface by saying I am not an artist by any sense of the word, I can just barely draw a decent stick figure on a good day.  This is why a “stamp” painting appealed to me, it seemed perfect!  Except for one part, the real fish…I just could not bring myself to use a real fish.  So for weeks I searched and searched for the perfect rubber fish to use on my painting.  I finally found it when I turned into a fish store on a whim one day.  The awesome staff just so happened to have a rubber fish sitting on their register that they graciously offered up to me when I told them about my project, it was perfect!  I went home and started on my fish stamp art right away and it turned out better than I could have imagined, here’s my Fish Stamp Painting DIY…

Fish Stamp Painting {DIY}

Gather up:

one rubber fish, try ordering one online (or a real fish if your up for a challenge!)

a sheet of poster board (I chose black and blue paper for my prints)

paint (use a contrasting color to the poster board, I used white paint)

a small paint brush (for touching up spots and applying paint to the fish)


Set up the poster board and prepare your fish for it’s task.  This can get messy, so lay down paper to protect any surfaces.

Using a paint brush, apply a generouso layer of paint to one side of the fish.  Make sure to fill in all of the spots you want to appear on your print.

Flip the fish over and lay it down on the poster board.  Be careful not to drag it, this will smug the paint.

Carefully pick the fish up off the paper.  Use your paint brush to touch up any spots that did not stick.  You’ll have to use the best of your artistic ability here ( I really had to dig deep for this one!)  Let the fish dry for a bit, then use two colors of paint (I chose black and yellow) to paint on the fish’s eye.  This is just two circles, that’s art I can handle.

Allow your fish to dry, then sit back and marvel at your work of art!  I ended up with three prints, two single fish prints on black, and one double fish print on blue.  These prints now hang proudly on either side of my fireplace :)



The Driftwood Fish {D.I.Y}

Living in New England I see so many amazing driftwood creations at local boutiques and usually they come with a pretty hefty price tag.   Driftwood is beautiful and great for all kinds of projects, but it’s true beauty is that it’s free of course!  So, feeling inspired by local driftwood art and considering it’s endless potential, I decided to create The Driftwood Fish. This surprisingly simple art project is virtually free to create and it looks like something straight out of a coastal beach shop.

 Gather Up:

10-12 pieces of drift wood, approx. 12-15″ in length

5-6 piece of driftwood, approx. 6″ in length

a roll of string of thin twine

one beach rock

hot glue

Pull together the drift wood and string.  Start by playing around with different arrangements to form just the body of the fish.


Once you have the right arrangement for the body of the fish, begin to weave a piece of sting through the driftwood in an “over, under” motion.  Weave the string across the sticks and back, then tie off the end.  Repeat this two to three times across the same spot to properly secure the driftwood sticks together.

Using the same weaving technique as above, secure the driftwood together in two more places (the middle of the fish and toward the back).   Your fish should be woven together in three spots to ensure the sticks are secured properly.  *If your fish is smaller, you may only need to weave it together in two spots.

Now that the body of the fish is complete, it’s time to make the tail.  Using the smaller sticks, arrange them in a fish tail formation.

Weave the fish tail together with in two places using the same weaving technique as for the body of the fish.

Now, it’s time to secure the fish’s tail to the body.  Overlap the tail underneath the body slightly so that you can weave together sticks from the body and tail.  Again, use the same weaving technique, this time to secure the tail to the body.  Use hot glue to attach any spots that you can not weave.

Your driftwood fish is almost complete!  The last step is selecting a beach rock to use for the eye.

Once you select the right beach rock, use hot glue to secure it to the driftwood fish.

The Driftwood Fish is now complete!

Check out another great beach art DIY here.

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Burlap For Matting Art-Try it!

A couple weeks ago, myself and the Mr. went on a little overnight to Maine.  We stumbled upon an amazing seafood restaurant right on the water in the small town of Kittery, ME. Throughout lunch, we raved about the view, our incredible lobster sandwiches, and even their delicious blueberry lemonade cocktail.  Everything was so perfect, we had to take home a souvenir- and what better than the “How to Eat a Lobster” instructions we found on the back of their cocktail menu!?

When we returned home, I had to frame our souvenir ASAP (sigh..I have no patience).  Only problem was the abnormal size and shape of the menu, I had tons of frames but no matting to fit it; AND I wanted to frame it in something to capture it’s beachy, coastal vibe.  Eurika!  I decided to slice up a piece of burlap and use it as the matting against a stark white frame.  The result was so simple and coastal, I just had to share!  Next time your about to frame something, don’t get stuck on standard matting…think about materials you may already have!

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DIY Art/Photo Wall Collages & Endless Inspiration

Nothing says “home” and gives us “warm & fuzzy’s” more than a photo display of loved ones, happy memories, and cherished art collections.  What’s better than displaying one family photo?  Showcasing many of course!  Home art and photo walls make an incredible visual impact and enhance your home’s character & personal flair.  Whether you arrange just a small photo grouping, or dedicate an entire room to a favorite collection, this photo/art wall DIY will give you the tools & inspiration you need to make your vision a reality.

Decide what you want to showcase and where.  Photos, art, unique frames, eclectic object…or a mix?  The key is focusing on a purpose, a specific “highlight” in the collage; for example, this may be one large piece, a grouping of like items, or the simple fact of pairing balanced, symmetric pieces.

 Select the frame types (or no frames) carefully.  Regardless of their styles, colors or shapes, your frames should have a somewhat obvious commonality.  Again, the key to a successful art wall collage is pairing “like items”.  The more similar the base items in your collage (ie. all black and white photos or all french vintage poster art), the more variation you can introduce with the frames. For example, you may decide to use a variety of brightly colored vintage frames on your black and white photos, but make sure they’re similar in detail and style.  Or perhaps your not framing art, and you’re choosing to showcase simply unique frames (so chic)!

If you are grouping various types of items (ie. photos, mixed art and mirrors), your frames will need to be more uniform.  For example, with mixed eclectic pieces, you may decide to use all black modern square frames, or white with silver accent frames.  The same rules apply for matting your photos and art; for example, you might use all natural craft matting, or mostly all white mattings with a few items in black matting.

Determine sizes, placements and proportions of the items in your collage.  Sizes of items may vary or the purpose of your art wall may be uniform symmetry.  The general rule for a blending a variety of different shaped and sized pieces is that each unique piece should have at least one proportionate match, the only exception being if there is just one piece of obvious different scale being showcased.  For example, if you are using a small oval frame in a collage of mixed squares and rectangles, be sure to include a second oval frame with similar proportion and characteristics.  That second oval frame should be placed either directly near its match or directly opposite- the key is balance my friends!

Okay, so you’ve selected your collection, the location for your art or photo collage, and it’s delivery (frame, no frame).  Now it’s to the drawing boards (or more appropriately…wall)  Select the placement and layout of your collection.  Remember symmetry, balance and the pairing of like-items.  The grouping should be a harmonious blend of varying scales.  Remember, items of similar scales ad proportions should always either sit beside or mirror each other.  Often two small items will sit side by side to mirror the scale of a larger item directly opposite of them.  As an example, two small vintage tea plates may be mounted together, opposite a large ornate platter.  Use the quick placement guide below for some common art wall collage designs.

 And now for the fun stuff,





Now, I hope you’re inspired to go & create your own fabulous wall art or photo collage, and when you do, please share your ispiration, ideas & photos with Picklee!