Gorgeous DIY Sunset Sailboat Painting

Do you mix your own colors for paint projects? I typically keep large tubes of the primary colors as well as black and white for all of my acrylic paint projects. It is awesome because it allows you to get the precise shade you want. Unfortunately it can also lead to an excess of paint at the end of the project. This recently happened with me and I couldn’t bear seeing such a large amount of paint wasted. So, I decided to pull out a large blank canvas and see what I could create to use up the rest of the paint. The result was this gorgeous DIY sunset sailboat painting. (Please note that in the materials section I have included the end color of paint needed. This is to make it easier for you if you don’t feel like mixing your own paint colors.)

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Don't throw out that leftover paint from your project! This gorgeous DIY sunset sailboat painting is made with excess paint and you can make one easily!

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Materials

 

Don't throw out that leftover paint from your project! This gorgeous DIY sunset sailboat painting is made with excess paint and you can make one easily!

Step 1

Spread orange paint on the top 2/3 of your canvas with a 2” paintbrush.

Tip:

  • Allow some of the white of the canvas to show through your brush strokes.

 

Step 2

One the bottom third of your canvas, brush on the teal paint.

Tip:

  • This should be thicker than your orange paint above with little-to-no white showing through.

 

Don't throw out that leftover paint from your project! This gorgeous DIY sunset sailboat painting is made with excess paint and you can make one easily!

Step 3

Start outlining your sailboat with navy paint by first painting the boat and then moving on to the first sail. See the picture above for reference.

Note:

  • Use your fine point brush for this part.

 

Don't throw out that leftover paint from your project! This gorgeous DIY sunset sailboat painting is made with excess paint and you can make one easily!

Don't throw out that leftover paint from your project! This gorgeous DIY sunset sailboat painting is made with excess paint and you can make one easily!

Step 4

Next, outline your second sail. Be sure to leave a gap between the 2 sails like you see in the picture.

 

Don't throw out that leftover paint from your project! This gorgeous DIY sunset sailboat painting is made with excess paint and you can make one easily!

Step 5

Once you have finished outlining your sailboat, fill it in with paint.

 

Don't throw out that leftover paint from your project! This gorgeous DIY sunset sailboat painting is made with excess paint and you can make one easily!

Don't throw out that leftover paint from your project! This gorgeous DIY sunset sailboat painting is made with excess paint and you can make one easily!

Step 6 (Optional)

My first coal on the sailboat was too light so I added a second coat of navy paint. If yours is looking too light as well, add a second coat to it.

 

Don't throw out that leftover paint from your project! This gorgeous DIY sunset sailboat painting is made with excess paint and you can make one easily!

Step 7

Add some white accents to your water by dipping your 2” inch brush in white paint and brushing the excess onto a scrap of paper before brushing over your water.

 

Don't throw out that leftover paint from your project! This gorgeous DIY sunset sailboat painting is made with excess paint and you can make one easily!

Step 8

Next, paint a light shadow of the boat on the water. See the picture above for reference.

 

Don't throw out that leftover paint from your project! This gorgeous DIY sunset sailboat painting is made with excess paint and you can make one easily!

Step 9

Once you are happy with the look of the shadows, darken them with your navy paint.

 

Don't throw out that leftover paint from your project! This gorgeous DIY sunset sailboat painting is made with excess paint and you can make one easily!

Step 10

Allow your painting to dry completely and enjoy!

 

Don't throw out that leftover paint from your project! This gorgeous DIY sunset sailboat painting is made with excess paint and you can make one easily!

Isn’t this so pretty? It’s a perfect example of the saying that necessity is the mother of all invention. This DIY sunset sailboat painting never would have come to be if there hadn’t been so much paint to be used up. The next time you find yourself getting ready to rinse all of that paint off of your palette, pause. Think if maybe there is a project begging to be made with it. Even if your project doesn’t turn out (which has totally happened to me before) you haven’t wasted any supplies making it. Plus the best part about canvases is that if you mess up you can paint over the whole thing and start over. That is definitely winning all around!

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Don't throw out that leftover paint from your project! This gorgeous DIY sunset sailboat painting is made with excess paint and you can make one easily!

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