Flag Up Girls!
Here comes another fun
In the spirit of the Season and all
I've been wanting to
paint stars and stripes.
This is really more of a Pop Art version
of Old Glory.
And you can hang either vertical or horizontal.
But it will definitely add a splash
of summer color to your home.
It's just Happy Art.
I used 1/2" plywood
and cut a 16" X 27" rectangle.
Sand all of the edges.
Paint the back Semi-Gloss Black (Outdoor Paint)
Using a watered down Raw Sienna
brush the front, covering the entire surface
and all of the edges.
Then using some black,
brush in a few strokes.
This way the very underlayer
will be a warm color
that will show through your
top coat technique.
Layers and Layers of Paint
give pieces more depth
and a very painterly artful quality.
Now for some color.
At about 9" down I taped down a line.
Now I can lay in my blues.
I'm using the same paint method
that I used on this table.
But here on the blue part of the flag
you can fold a piece of cardstock paper
any size and drag it back and forth,
continuing to dip in the 3 different colors.
You can even switch motion
vertical then horizontal for a criss cross application.
Apply as much paint as you want
leaving some of the underlayer showing.
That creates a worn chippy look.
I also added some dark navy blue on top.
I didn't have the paint color I needed,
but I had some blue stain
leftover from these Summer Beach Chairs.
So I used that.
I poured some of the stain into a smaller bottle
so it was easier to pour.
BFF = Blowdryer
Now for the red
Cut a piece of cardstock about 3 1/4"
(just shy of that a bit)
Mark the 5 stripe layout on your board.
Using a straight edge
dip the cardstock in each of the colors
and drag down the line.
Add more of whatever color
you want to show.
Then for the white:
After you have all of the stripes painted,
return to the blue
and stencil in your stars using this same
dip and drag motion.
I first sketched a layout for the stars
on a sheet of paper
so I had a general idea of placement.
Then I cut stencils out of cardstock.
Laying the stencil in position
I used another folded piece of cardstock
(okay how many times can I say cardstock)
to dip and drag across the stencil
working out to in
so I don't get much run under.
Oh, and here are the colors
I used for the stars.
Well, you would think that would be enough.
But , oh no...
Let the layering continue..
Splatter with Orange.
Then a spray sealer.
I might even use a marine varnish
if I hang it outside.
Let's use a fun summer hang-
I drilled tiny pilot holes in the plywood
to start my 1 3/16" screw eyes.
Well, that's what they're called.
You can see how I looped the sisal through
and wrapped the braiding cord around.
Then you'll have a long stretch of rope.
I don't know how much I used but
it might have been 5 - 6'.
Tie that a couple of times
for a loop in the top.
Now you have an American Summer Colorsplash !
Thanks for stopping by.
Hope you're having a great summer!
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