Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Hand Print Fish Plaque Craft Tutorial - Great Father's Day Gift

I was contacted by one of my viewers, Dustin, about making a birthday gift for his father.  He had some hand print that he and his sister made and he didn't know what to do with them.  When he saw my Coconut Kissing Fish video, he decided to turn them into fish.  He did a great job too!  I don't think my fish turned out as well as his.  Thanks Dustin!!

Here is the picture Dustin sent me:

That inspired me to make this fish plaque:

You will need:

-  An inexpensive wood plaque.  I found this lightweight one at Michaels.
-  Acrylic paint of varying colors
-  Googly eye
-  A piece of birch plywood (very thin) also from Michaels
-  Optional:  Wooden letters - I chose Dad because Dustin wanted to make a gift for his Dad.
-  A good glue
-  A hand

Here is the video tutorial:


1.  Paint the plaque with a dark color.  I used a medium gray and raw umber.  Let dry.
2.  Paint over the plaque with a coat of a light color - I used a parchment (or something similar) white.  Allow to dry.
3.  Take some sandpaper and sand in random areas on the plaque to give it a distressed and worn look.  Make sure get the edges, which would normally wear more than the flat areas.
4.  Paint the birch plywood with a light blue - let dry.
5.  With a dry brush, take some darker blue paint and give it a light, dry brush strokes over the light blue, just to give it more interest and character.
6.  Take the color you want the fish to be and paint it on the palm of your hand.  Tip:  Make sure your hands are lotioned beforehand.  Then carefully place your hand on the plywood and press down.  Make sure you don't move your hand and smear the fish.  Give gentle pressure with your other hand.  
7.  Remove hand and touch up as needed.
8.  Use pink acrylic paint to paint the lips.
9.  Use white for the bubble.
10.  Use brushes and other tools to fill in and decorate the fish.  Allow to dry.
11.  Paint the plywood onto the plaque using a good glue.  Allow to dry.
12.  In the meantime, if you are planning on adding a word or name, use your dark colors to paint it.

That's it!

Have fun!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!


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