Pebbles, coins, seashells, buttons, keys, and other finds combine to make this DIY beach-theme wall art rich in textures and memories. Your treasures might also include beach glass, driftwood, pottery shards, coins, marbles, charms, game pieces, gears – even items from your kitchen junk drawer. The larger items are pressed into the sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, which helps to hold them tight.
The three panels are petite in size, with the largest measuring just 6” x 12”, perfect for a small nook. You can make the foam canvases larger or smaller to fit the objects and arrangement you have in mind. Because STYROFOAM Brand Foam is lightweight, your finished artwork will be easy to hang.
Kathleen George designed this piece, and she’s been a favorite designer of mine for years. She has designed dozens (hundreds?) of the craft projects you’ll find on www.styrofoamcrafts.com. Kathleen lives in the beautiful college town of Amherst, MA, and last week, I was fortunate enough to meet her and her husband Steve, and to tour their Victorian home, studio and gardens. I will share the details and photos from my visit very soon . . .
Here’s what you need to make your Beachcombing Wall Art:
- STYROFOAM Brand Foam: Sheet, 18″ x 12″ x 1″ OR 36″ x 12″ x 1″
- Tan acrylic paint
- Ceramic stucco texture gel
- Natural found objects and/or memorabilia of choice
- Thin cardboard
- Hook-and-loop tape tabs
- Tools: Serrated knife; candle stub or bar of soap; pencil; ruler; palette knife; rubber spatula; disposable bowl; small, natural sponge; clean, dry rag
To make your Beachcombing Wall Art:
1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or soap. Measure and cut a 12″ square from foam sheet; set aside remaining foam for future projects. Cut following blocks from foam square: 12″ x 6″; 6″ x 6″; 5″ x 5″.
2. Measure and cut three pieces of cardboard slightly larger than foam blocks. As you cover the foam with the stucco mixture, you’ll rotate and move the foam by moving the cardboard and not the STYROFOAM Brand Foam.
3. Arrange found objects and memorabilia on top of each foam block as desired. When pleased with arrangement, carefully set objects aside in same manner. (Hint: you can also snap a photo to remember the arrangement.)
4. Using putty knife, spread thin layer of stucco gel onto sides and top of 5″ x 5″ foam block. Carefully place objects onto block, gently pressing items down into wet gel to secure. Let dry completely before handling.
5. Place small amount of stucco gel into disposable bowl. To create a warm, aged look, add tiny amount of tan paint and mix well.
6. Repeat Step 4 for 6″ x 6″ and 12″ x 6″ foam blocks. Be sure to press objects firmly into stucco gel to secure. For large or thick objects, such as a stone, press object down into surface of foam to secure. Let dry completely.
7. If desired, add additional shading to 6″ x 6″ block: thin small amount of paint with water to create a very diluted color wash. Apply wash over dry stucco using small, damp sponge. Use dry rag to remove excess color in some areas. For more “aged” look, apply a second coat of color wash around block edges.
8. Let dry completely.
9. Following manufacturer’s instructions, hang with hook-and-loop tabs.
We have a few other beachcombing projects on www.styrofoamcrafts.com, and the photos below link to the step-by-step instructions. Kathleen also designed the Mosaic Seashell Wreath and Diane Flowers created the Day at the Beach Wreath.
Are you headed to the beach this summer? Tell us about your vacation plans!