Sailing the Seas of Dreams

When I first saw Retro Cafe Art Gallery’s Stand Up Vintage sailboat kit, I imagined it sailing the night sky – navigating a sea of stars… a nautical dream catcher of sorts! Here’s how I made my “DREAMBOAT” ( and how you can make one too!)

STEP ONE: Apply gesso to all your masonite and chipboard pieces. For side one of the anchors I used gelatos plus a few stamps with varying colors of inks. ( Layers are always the way to go – more is more,lol) Note that I left the anchor cut-outs still intact on the masonite sheet. This allowed me to work on all the anchors at once to achieve a cohesive look.

STEP TWO: For side two of the anchors ( as well as the boat), I used Color bursts powders.

STEP THREE: Modelling paste was applied through Retro Cafe and Tim Holtz stencils to give the pieces texture. Note that the Colorburst colors bled through and tinted the paste for a beautiful effect. After the modelling paste dried, I used a spray fixative to seal in the colors. Next, I rubbed a little Art Alchemy wax in Rich Copper and Gilder’s Paste in Cream to highlight the textures.

STEP FOUR: Modelling paste and gelatos were used to adorn the other side of the boat.dreamboat10

STEP FIVE: The word DREAM from the chipboard script word cut-outs (set one) was painted with acrylics.dreamboat11

STEP SIX: A trinket moon charm was decopauged with a vintage dictionary page on both sides and colored with gelatos. A white sharpie pen loosely detailed the shape and a bit of Sticklesglitter glue (silver) was applied for sparkle.dreamboat12

Now it’s just a matter of assembling your pieces. A few holes were drilled and a bit of wire plus some vintage beaded chain helped this DREAMBOAT come TRUE! Here’s a peek at both sides:dreamboat15

Stand up vintage sailboat kit, anchor cut-outs, moon trinket shrine, chipboard script word cut-outs (set one), stencils- Coffee Break Design Large optical, Tim Holtz layering stencils “Splatters”,Ken Oliver Colorbursts, Mix & Match Gelatos & Clear Stamp (Blue), Art Alchemy was (Rich Copper), white sharpie pen, Stickles (silver), Graphic 45 Enchanted Forest stamps (set 1)

ink pads, gel medium, modelling paste,gilder’s paste(cream), vintage beaded chain, wire, drill with small drill bit


Thanks for looking!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Phil Matthews says:

    You are so talented. Even though it seems like we’ve always had the kids, I can remember that budding artist in Atlanta a few years ago. I love you!


  2. Such a wonderful, creative project. Perfect for summer!!!


  3. Brenda Austin says:

    I love this! I can see it hanging on my wall!


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