Relax Seashore Sign

By  Linda Hollander 

size: 4-1/4"x17-3/4"

  • Relax Seashore Sign
  • Sky/Water/Sand Worksheet
  • Starfish Worksheet


  • Cabin Crafters Long Welcome Board, 4-1/4”x17-3/4”
  • Natural rope, 18” length


  • Plaid Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Azure Blue, Blue Bayou, Butter Cream, Laguna Blue, Maple Sugar Tan, Raw Sienna, Tahiti Blue, White; All Purpose Sealer
  • Loew-Cornell American Painter Paintbrushes: Series 4350 Liner 10/0; Series 4550 Wash 3/4”; Series 4000 Round #3; Series 4400 Angular Shader 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”; Natural Hair Series 410 Deerfoot Stippler 1/8”; Series 270 Maxine’s Mop 1/2”
  • Plaid FolkArt Extender
  • Krylon Sprays: Workable Fixatif, Crystal Clear Finish

Basic Supplies

  • transfer and tracing papers, stylus, sandpaper, old toothbrush or stiff, paintbrush, cotton swab, container of water, scrap paper

Pattern - Relax Seashore Sign

  • Note
  • 1. Use water to thin paint as needed for flow. Follow Sky/Water/Sand Worksheet when painting Steps 2-4 and Starfish Worksheet when painting Step 7.
  • 1. Print out full-size patterns. Cover surface of board with sealer using wash; let dry. Sand lightly. Basecoat board White, repeating until opaque. Let dry.
  • 2. For sky, apply thin layer of extender to top 3/4 of board. Load dirty brush with generous amount of White; quickly cover wet area. Pick up small amounts of Blue Bayou and Azure Blue on dirty brush, blend slightly on palette, and stroke into wet White paint horizontally. Begin at top of board and work downward, fading color toward bottom. Let dry.
  • 3. For sand, apply extender to bottom half of board. Load dirty brush with Butter Cream and stroke horizontally beginning at bottom of board, fading paint out toward top. Cover 1/3 of board, including light, lower portion of sky area; let dry. Apply thin layer of extender to sand area. Load small amount of Maple Sugar Tan and stroke horizontally from bottom of board, fading color upward. Spatter slightly-thinned Raw Sienna using toothbrush, pulling back on bristles to flip paint. Spatter scrap paper first to eliminate excess paint. Remove unwanted spatters with damp cotton swab.
  • 4. For water, apply thin layer of extender using 1/2" shader. Blend in small amount of White. Load dirty brush with touch of Tahiti Blue. Beginning at horizon, work color downward using horizontal strokes; let dry. Reapply extender and load brush with small amount of Azure Blue. Deepen water just below horizon. Work color into water randomly. Wipe brush; add touch of White. Blend in highlights randomly.
  • 5. Lightly transfer wave pattern to board. Float shading under lower four waves sheer Raw Sienna using 3/8" shader. Float White highlights on lowest wave first. Repeat with next two waves. Float fourth wave using slightly less paint. Continue last three waves without reloading brush. Tap highlights on edges of lowest four waves with small amount of White using stippler toe.
  • 6. Apply Workable Fixatif to seal and protect background before adding starfish and lettering; let dry.
  • 7. For starfish, transfer pattern lightly. Basecoat starfish maple Sugar Tan using round; let dry. Shade sheer Raw Sienna floats using 1/4" shader. Add Butter Cream dip-dots along bottom of arms using stylus. Continue, adding dip-dots to top of arms. Run broken line of dip-dots down top of each arm. Occasionally run short line of dip-dots downward into shaded center area. Add White dip-dots to top of arms.
  • 8. Transfer lettering to board. Basecoat lettering with slightly-thinned Black using liner. Use light pressure for thin lines and heavier pressure for thick lines; let dry. Add White highlights. Let dry.
  • 9. Remove visible graphite lines. Seal with finishing spray. Knot rope ends; slide ends through opening on board to hang.
  • Tip
  • 1. Paint edges of board as you paint each section.