|CrystalblueoceanSailing and Diving Around the World|
sailing and diving around the world
Hey guys :) I'm back in Toronto for a bit and decided that I had enough time to tackle a fun project that I've had in mind for a while now. Turns out that I didn't need that much time after all, because it only took a few days. I'm just about finished now, and I would have been finished yesterday but I had overnight guests so the project was put on hold for a day.
So, the project is a triptych world map, painted on three premium pine boards, in acrylic paints. I saw something similar to what I've created, down in New Orleans, the last time I was there. The three pine boards were purchased at Home Depot, and the paints and other painting supplies were purchased from Stevenson Art Supply, at Warden and Ellesmere, on Warden, here in Toronto.
The paints colors are Transparent Red Oxide (compass rose), Iridescent Copper (mountains), Phthalo Blue & Titanium White (background), and Iridescent Rich Gold (continents/compass rose). The Gesso is Stevenson's own brand, as is the Impasto Acrylic Gel, paint thickener. They are extremely helpful people at Stevenson and they were a huge help to me, reminding me of how the products were to be used together, and they even gave me some useful design ideas.
First thing to do is make sure you're happy with the condition of your wood, whatever type you decide to go with. Just be sure to avoid any wood with knots in it. Typically, knots have resin in them, and they tend to shrink.All I needed to do for mine was go over them with a fine bit of sandpaper. Then you coat one side of the wood with the Gesso. You can thin any of these products, except the Impasto Gel, with a bit of water to allow for easier application. Once the Gesso is dry, about an hour, I traced around the map of Africa and that became my frame of reference when free-hand drawing the other continents. You can download outline maps of all of the continents, but they won't be to scale. The map you download of Australia will be the same the map of Africa. I couldn't be bothered with re-sizing them, so I simply drew the other continents myself. Once the map is drawn, you simply paint with the colors you've chosen. After each coat of paint, be sure to pull the boards away from each other, so they don't dry stuck together.
It's a lot of fun working with these acrylic paints, and you can paint just about anything, I reckon, as long as you start with the Gesso as your base coat. I've done some other projects in my place, here in Toronto, using this painting method, including the paint finish on a custom wardrobe that I built. There was so much leftover paint, the first time I used this method, that I kinda went nuts and even started painting cabinet doors. I've included a couple of photos of those past projects, too. Remember, these kinds of projects are supposed to be fun, so don't worry so much about trying to be perfect, particularly with this kind of project, where you have to free-hand maps. If you can get it perfect, then you're a better drawer than me, but it's okay to have an imperfection or two as your signature :) I'll get back to you guys on this, once it's on the wall.