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DIY Nautical Wall Art

Find inspiration by the sea with this DIY nautical wall art!
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Skill Level: Intermediate


FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Medium Gray, 2 oz.
Item #2933
This is the only paint you'll ever need! Paint wood, glass, ceramic, metal, terra cotta, rigid plastic, canvas, styrofoam, slate, paper mache and fabric with the same bottle. Our patented, self-sealing formula offers superior coverage for fewer coats and quicker drying times. With a dishwasher-safe glossy finish, this water-based non-toxic formula resists moisture and rust comes in a wide color palette including basics and trend-right shades.


FolkArt ® Painted Finish Kit - Rust
Item #5066
Create a vintage, time-worn look with FolkArt’s Carded Rust Painted Finishes Kit. FolkArt Painted Finishes are a great way to elevate your decor projects. Transform the look of your projects using these creative finish options. Add rustic, but contemporary, flair to your indoor or outdoor decor pieces with these easy to use, non-toxic paint finishes. Since they can be used on a variety of surfaces, including wood, metal, terra cotta, or plastic, the finish options are almost endless.


FolkArt ® Painted Finishes - Brush Set, 3 pc.
Item #5080
Get the most out of your FolkArt Painted Finishes projects with this three-piece brush set. Ideal for thick or textured paint, these flag-tipped brushes have natural bristles designed for maximum hold and smooth application. Whether you’re creating a concrete look on a terra cotta pot or adding decorative moss to a lawn ornament, these brushes give you high quality results. Excellent for a wide variety of home decor and painted finishes projects, these 1 inch brushes are reusable and clean up easily with soap and water.


Other Supplies
Wood anchor wall art
Brush basin or container for water
Foam plate
Paper towels
¾" Flat brush


  1. Prepare the wood anchor by basecoating it FolkArt Multi-Surface Medium Gray using a ¾" flat brush. Allow to dry and if necessary, reapply a second coat for opaque coverage.
  2. Pour a small amount of both Light and Dark Rust onto a foam plate.
  3. Load the Shortie brush with Dark Rust and begin randomly dabbing it onto areas of the anchor that would naturally rust. Apply a medium-to-thick texture of rust.
  4. While the Dark Rust is wet, immediately add Light Rust to your Shortie Brush and paint highlights onto the rust painted areas.
  5. To enhance the aged look of the rust, hold your anchor upright, load the Shortie Brush with water and dab onto some of the rust painted areas while still wet. The excess water will allow the painted rust to drip creating a naturally aged illusion of real rust worn with time. Allow to dry.


  • Taking time to basecoat the anchor gray prior to painting FolkArt Painted Finishes Rust will provide the look of aged metal.  
  • If a painted rust area is not dripping enough when water is added, add more water to your Shortie Brush and dab again.
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