We started by buying a couple pieces of thick plywood... not the chip board stuff.
Here's what we got:
- 2 pieces of 4X8 in 21/32 thickness
- a gallon of White Behr Exterior Satin Enamel (see picture)
- assorted colors of Crafter's Acrylic Paint (the cheapest acrylic variety at Pat Catans)
- sponge brushes
- Clear Acrylic Sealer
items we had on hand:
- paint brushes
- paint stir
- cup for water
- paper plates for mixing
- circular saw
- Sawzall (reciprocating saw)
-3 scrap 2x4s and a scrap 2x8 (width of the two plywood boards)
I opted for the cheapest craft acrylic paint I could because I wasn't sure the quantity I would end up needing and I figured we could just spray a nice protective finish over the end product to make it weather friendly.
Step 1: Prime your boards
Find the smoothest side that you''ll paint on and begin priming with the grain of the wood. Allow to dry overnight...I was praying for rain and birds to stay away during this step.
Be sure to consider the knots in your plywood when laying out your design. If you're trying to cut a circle or a line through one, the knot will likely fall out and create a weird hole in your design.
Step 3: Set out your paints and start laying out big blocks of color. I used a sponge brush for blocking in larger areas and watered down some acrylic paint to at least get a base for later shading.
Truthfully we never got to spray the finished product with a sealer, but there are plans in the works for this step. We placed a couple hay bales behind the photo board for short people like myself and DONE...