We're so excited to have you join us in crafting our Mini Buoy Project! If you don't have your DIY in a BOX kit yet, click HERE to order yours today! Also, if you have any questions at all while painting your lanterns, click HERE to contact us.
Our double & trio mini buoy sets are a new favorite, & all of the designs we're about to show you were 100% inspired by life here in New England. We're painting 1 side of each, but if you'd like to do all 4 sides of your buoys just repeat the steps all the way around.
To start, with both the sailboat & lighthouse, to get that summer cloud effect, I dipped the flat brush in white & then a pinhead dot of blue. Then I brushed down to get a haze-y look, followed by across so the clouds would be horizontal.
To create the ocean for the boat design, all I did was add a bit more blue until I slowly got this sea shade for the bottom-
The Seagulls are a "V" shape with the round smaller brush dipped in black & white. One thing that helps with this detail is to push the brush down slightly while spinning on your plate to get a fine tip.
The body/mast of the boat are solid black, with the bottom as a banana shape & mast at a slight angle. Then (after that dries) the sail is a solid white triangle.
The lighthouse is a tall narrow trapezoid painted with the smaller round brush dipped in white with a pinhead dot of black added to give it a bit of shading. Then (see second photo) the top portion of the lighthouse is a horizontal black line, two small black lines to support the roof & the roof is a triangle in the same white/black combo, but with a bit more black to get the charcoal color. Then follow that with small black dots for the windows.
The stripe buoy I painted in all whitefor the top 2/3, then navy for the bottom 1/3, mixed the two to create the middle light blue & did that as a line with the medium flat brush. With this design in particular it helps to let each layer dry, & then move to the next.
And that's it! Tie your twine on & you have an awesome set to decorate with year-round!
Special Note: Your buoys should be kept indoors when not in use, or if you'd like to weatherproof this set click HERE for tips.
P.S. Don't forget to tag @paintedbytheshore on instagram to share your progress & completed projects! Every Monday we'll choose 1 person who tagged us to be our "winner of the week", & they'll get an awesome prize sent to them!