Key West’s Minimal Regatta..build a boat out of plywood, duct tape, fasteners and 2×4’s.. sounds easy, right? Well, I didn’t build the boat, but I did paint and decorate it..so here’s the tutorial on DIY Mermaid Scales!!
I painted the base with Painters Touch in Jade. I bought 4 cans, and only needed 1 1/2. Rather have too much than having to run back out though, I’m sure I’ll find another use for this beautiful color!
And the circles. These are actually leftovers from a upcycled book chandelier I made. They were made with a 1 1/2 inch circle punch. I sprayed a base coat of the same jade paint and let dry..didn’t take long in the Florida heat!
Onto the fun part, shiny scales! I absolutely love this paint. Its a bit on the pricey side, but a little bit goes a LONG way! I pay about 40 dollars for one of these 32 oz jars here at Strunck Ace Hardware Key West (probably cheaper anywhere else in the U.S., haven’t checked, but I do know our Home Depot doesn’t carry these) It comes in a huge variety of colors, and they ARE tintable!
Also a huge fan of these Preval Sprayers. Basically, its a glass jar that you screw into an aerosol can, make any color a spray paint! I’ve only tried with water based paints. LOVE.The key is adding water, paint thinner or alcohol to thin the paint enough to move through the straw. The glass jars are reusable, and the kit comes with a screw top if you have leftover paint. You can also buy the pieces separately if you’ve got the jar but have run out of aerosol, or vice versa.. THey do clog a little bit, but its an easy fix and so worth the trouble! In my experience its usually its just a matter of adding more thinner.
For the back, I framed used an old frame to frame the name of the boat. (Incidentally, I had nothing to do with the naming of the boat. That was the guys..) Covered in silver glitter. Polyacrylic to hold the glitter in place. And of course, a Conch Republic flag to show our Key West pride!!