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How to paint wood grain art on plywood

teacher avatar Morgan McBride, DIY + Home Decor Lover

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5 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Painting the first color

    • 3. Adding color 2

    • 4. Adding color 3

    • 5. Conclusion

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Want to make a large piece of abstract art on a budget and without any real artistic skills? Here is how to paint DIY wood grain art.

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Morgan McBride

DIY + Home Decor Lover


Hey y'all! I am Morgan McBride. Together with my husband, Sean, we blog about crafting our home into our dream home. We share DIY and home decor tips and advice. We can teach you anything from how to plan to decorate a room to how to build a coffee table. We are excited to help each and every one of you craft your dream homes! 

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1. Introduction: all right. Today I'm gonna show you how to make a green painting that looks almost like water as a nautical coastal feel. To do this, all you need is a piece of plywood. This is 1/4 inch plywood, and you can cut it to any size that you want. These are eight by 10. I sanded the edges for a nice, smooth finish. When you pick your plywood, you're gonna wanna look at the store for something with interesting grain. Look, for something that inspires you, movement is really beautiful. A lot of times apply what is double sided. The back might be more plain. Go through all the pieces and pick the one that you like best. Then you're gonna go through your paint in select colors you want to use. I'm just using regular craft paint Americana Deco art brand. But you can use any paint you want any colors you want. I'm going with a blue pallet today. 2. Painting the first color: Now you're gonna want to just identify grains of art and we're gonna paint along the grain . Important thing to remember on this is that we want to leave a lot of open space. The green is what's interesting. So we only want to fill up maybe 10 to 20% of our campus. So to start with my first color and I picked this grain, I'm just gonna paint along it. It's almost like the coloring book color by numbers, something like that. So it's very easy to be beginner, painter and do this type of painting, and I like to make my lines thick enough so that you don't really see the green go back a little bit more. It's about that that movement, that feeling, movement. So then you just pick another grain and you paint it. That's what I'm gonna do a little bit thicker. You can pick two grains that are near each other, and you can either connect them like that. We could fill it in, and then I like to have each paint color appear at least three times on my campus, someone to pop over here, and you can always come back and add more like this. Just paint along, go in and kind of think in this one. Kind of thickening it on the curves. All right, I'm gonna go rents my brush. 3. Adding color 2: All right, Now, I'm gonna come in with this bright blue lagoon a color, and this is kind of my favorite color of what I selected. So I'm gonna go a little bit thicker here. This grain just calling for me, and you really can't mess this. I have even been doing that. So straight one just this morning over here that I wasn't paying attention. I put my hand down and smeared some of the paint, so I just created my own would grand. So you don't have to follow the grain. You can create your own. But the grain, you know, that's kind of the point is to trace the natural feel of the wood. Who would love, like, color? So pretty, Doesn't it just make you want to go? The beach does may. All right, so now I want a pool. I have this teal color over here. Wanna pull it on the rest of my campus so I could pull it down here and pulled up here. This line is really cool to me. This line I just want to conscious that some of the really cool stuff I want to leave. Go right here and just for fun, and then I will come. So here, this will be a lot of blue right here on this plane. I could do this bigger one right here. Try your best not to make your lines to straight if you can. Catching just a little. A little bit of movement in there makes it so interesting. So it looks like this grain curves back down here, so it's almost like a river. Give it a little thickness here that I play it onto this mind here and completed. You know, who knows how the green really connects. You just kind of have to pick the story that you're trying to tell now you don't have to use blue pain when you do something like this green read and be more like fire flames. I used blue because I 10 towards the coast, Still blue color palette, so that suits me. Suits my home suits my personal style here, thinking this up a little bit. Sometimes you to resist the urge to touch it too much. That's when you're gonna mess it up. All right, so I don't have a lot of thick lines on here. I have this it's a little bit thicker this it's a little bit thicker. Sometimes you can paint to grains and fill in between. They would actually fill this in right here. That's interesting. Stick in this line. I just like to have a little bit of different with of the different lines, just for interest. That's what's interesting. 4. Adding color 3: Okay. This last color already escorted out its whole thicket. Americana. It's again. This is just the really inexpensive craft paint. You don't need fancy supplies to do something cool. That's this one coming. Here, do this. This color is a bit more gray in it. Hop it all the way to here. Get more of it. Thicknesses Feeling a little thin to me, Thinking it out. This is a fancy paintbrush either. This came in a big pack for just a couple bucks from the craft store. I just work with what you have. I used to use a palette, but it got so annoying to clean. I just use a paper plate for my paint. Now it's easier for me for what I'm doing. All right, I'm gonna come up here. Just catch. I might just sort of white in the tail. Oh, yeah. That looks interesting to me. I want to hit this blue. One more spot. You could hit it right here. This actually thinking this right here? This one is very interesting to me. See, this splits like so your feet Will you method you mess with it 5. Conclusion: All right, I'm gonna call this one. Done. So you see how easy and quick that was for me to make this painting? All she hears when I did this morning from the same fly would seem colors totally different . Look. So this one, I wouldn't have much bigger section of this light color. This one. I stayed more thin sections, but I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. And I hope that you will make yourself some worker and art.