Driftwood Sign

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Summer Round Up – Part 3

Drifting Away

Hello friends and welcome back. We’re wrapping up the Summer Round Up with another easy project. One I hope, will inspire and bring back fond memories of the summer. If you missed Part 1 and Part 2, you can go here and here to catch up.

I know that posting the last of the Summer Round Up in October seems, well, odd, but there are loads of people who close up their camps, trailers and cottages just after Thanksgiving. And, as we’ve had the most glorious of early fall weather, many have taken advantage of stretching out those lazy, late summer days into early autumn.

With closing down of summer properties, there is always fall maintenance which includes inspection, repairs and possibly removal of docks. That’s where today’s project comes from. An ooooh so lovely piece of driftwood that washed ashore, probably from a dock once upon a time.

So get out there and scour the waters edge. It could be a piece of dock like ours, or perhaps it’s a well worn branch, smoothed over by pebbles on the shore. Whatever flotsam you pick, you can find inspiration in it’s beauty.

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Gather your supplies together:

  • light grey and black paint
  • rags/paper towels
  • pots for mixing paint
  • paintbrushes – including a finer one for details
  • carbon paper

Grab your driftwood and brush off any bits of debris – sand, dried plant material, etc. Make sure the wood is really dry all the way through. Mix up or use light grey paint. I used leftover Country Chic chalk paint in Lazy Linen with enough water added in to make a milk-like consistency. DO make sure to mix up enough paint … you do not want to run out half way through!

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In smallish sections, brush on your watered down paint and then quickly rag off. This allows the beauty of the wood to come through while allowing you to layer up the colour if needed. Let dry for several hours.

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From your computer, print out a saying or word that reminds you of your summer. Play around with the fonts and sizes of letters to give it interest or emphasize the meaning. Individually cutting the words out and spacing them along your find can add even more interest.

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With carbon paper behind your words, trace out the letters.

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Mix up a darker colour paint for the words. I used Lazy Linen mixed with Craftsmart chalky acrylic black paint and a little bit of water to achieve a smoky grey colour. Again, make enough to finish painting all your words! 🙂 Thinning with a bit of water stops the paint from ‘sitting’ on top of the wood and allows it to soak in a bit. Use your detail brush to fill in the letters.

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Don’t overthink this. Use whatever colours you want. Free hand the letters if you want. Let the beauty of the wood inspire your creativity!

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And. You’re. Done. Taa Daaaaahhhh!

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I hope you enjoyed the Summer Round Up series. Until next time, be creative and stay inspired!

 

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I have not received compensation in any form for any products used in this post. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

 

 

 

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