Hi friends! We are so excited to finally be sharing this funky cactus artwork with you today! This technique that we’re going to teach you is totally customizable and can be made into virtually any shape using any colors! We’re Arizona girls so we loved the idea of a trendy cactus, with pink flowers, of course.
- 3×4 sheet of thin plywood, your choice!
- 1×2 boards for trim (optional)
- Carpenter’s square
- ScotchBlue Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape
- Putty knife
- Foam paintbrushes
- Utility Knife
- Acrylic Paints
Note: Follow all ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape package instructions for proper surface cleaning and prep, adhesion and removal.
Step 1: Trace a grid of approximately 1” squares on your plywood. We left about a 6” border around the perimeter. Don’t overthink the measurements. This is really flexible.
Step 2: Trace a rough sketch of your cactus shape.
Step 3:We recommend sealing the plywood with clear polyurethane before applying tape. Once your poly is dry, tape your traced cactus shape and seal using ScotchBlue Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape around your cactus shape. You will tape off any square that your cactus sketch intersected. Again, don’t overthink it! Trim any edges with your utility knife and press and seal edges with a putty knife.
Step 4: Using foam brushes and acrylic paint, paint the inside of your cactus. We also taped off a few “prickles” that we later painted dark green.
Step 5: Remove tape while paint is slightly tacky. Allow to dry completely. Once your overall cactus shape is created, you can tape off and paint any details you’d like to add to make your perfect cactus artwork piece. We added flowers and a planter.
Step 6: If you’d like, use 1×2″ wood boards to trim the edges of your plywood board to use as a frame.
Oh man, this makes me miss our old house! I loved how bright and colorful it was! Isn’t the cactus artwork perfect in there?
This would be a fun weekend project! I’m itching to make one in the shape of a Christmas tree for the holidays! What shape would you choose?
We are excited to be 3M-sponsored bloggers. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by us.
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