Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Fancy a spin on my new Sailboat?

I am so thrilled with my $2 charity shop find of last week!  I instantly knew I had to have it.

Okay, perhaps it didn't look quite like this...

... but more like this.   It was clearly mass produced and bore a Made In China sticker underneath to prove it.  I know this kind of thing that has been painted and then sanded in a few places, appeals to a lot of people who like "paint techniques", but this is not the look and finish I go for. It looks too new.

A quick search on the internet provided me with this inspirational photo. This is what I wanted my sailboat to look like. Really old and neglected. I was very anxious to change this boat into something looking authentically old with lots of patina.


I quickly sanded the entire boat, leaving the surface less smooth for my home made wood stain to penetrate. It then needed a resist before I painted my first coat. 

{See MATERIAL LIST at the bottom of this post}

I used masking tape to mask the area that was to stay white and applied black oil paint from Module 1 of the course.

It needed some extra detail, so I marked out a "window" with a pencil and drilled an indent on both sides. Next I painted some details in different colours, distressed and polished it.

The wooden sails were dead wrong. I found the perfect piece of old threadbare linen between my vintage fabrics. This I cut to size and hand sewed it to make the new sails. 

After attaching them to the mast, they still looked too new, so I smeared them with wet teabags and left them to dry. They turned out nice and blotchy, looking just like old weathered sails.

I topped it off with a little red flag which was just a tiny triangle of linen, dipped in my home made red oil paint.

And that was it! A new mass produced sailboat became an old and unique vintage sailboat in just a few hours!

So, to sum up ...


1. Basic model sailboat
2. Sandpaper
3. Wood stain ~ Recipe from FARRAGOZ Online Patina PROJECTS Course
4. Wax
5. Casein paint ~ Recipe from FARRAGOZ Online Patina PROJECTS Course
6. Masking tape
7. Oil paints in various colours ~ Recipe from FARRAGOZ Online Patina PROJECTS Course
8. Paintbrushes 
9. Pencil
10. Drill
11. Polish
12. Linen or cotton fabric
13. Scissors
14. Needle and thread
15. Teabag


1. Sand down lightly to key
2. Stain
3. Wax resist
4. Paint white
5. Mask white area
6. Paint black area
7. Mark out window
8. Drill hole
9. Paint detail colours
10. Distress ~ Following Methods in the Icon Project of  FARRAGOZ Online Patina PROJECTS Course
11. Polish
12. Cut, sew and attach sails
13. Age sails

Look out for my next post which will be the promised other shell art project!


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