Everybody Needs Their Own Spot!

(2012)  Update… I think he likes it!

A Rocking Chair For Luke

This hand painted rocking chair is for my nephew’s first baby who arrived in January 2011.

Inspired by this Mary Engelbreit painting publication (2005)

that I picked up at our local Michaels Store.
For the base coat I chose to use a shaker style painting technique
that I found in the book, Paint Recipes, by Liz Wasgstaff (1996)
Love this book!  (Thank You Sister for finding all the BEST STUFF)
  • Tips & Other Curious Things
  1.  Be patient!  Allow base coat to dry completely before applying the next color application.
  2. Practice, Practice Practice!  Painting is like learning to write or learning the art of calligraphy; the more you do it, the better you will become.
  3. If using a marker for detailing, make sure it is a permanent marker.  Otherwise it may bleed or run when applying the clear top coat.
  •  Step One – Preparation

I prepped the chair by filling in the staple holes and any imperfections with wood putty.  Once the putty dried I sanded the chair completely and wiped it down with a damp cloth to remove the dust particles.

  • Step Two – Base Coat & Top Coat
  1. The base coat is a mixture of 3 parts white primer (I used KILZ Latex interior/exterior water-base Multi-Purpose Stainblocker) to 2 parts Terra Cotta Acrylic Paint, available at your local craft store.  You may adjust the recipe ratio depending on the depth of color you are trying to achieve.
  2. The top coat is a mixture of 3 parts white primer to 1 part Bright Blue Acrylic Paint.  The recipe in the book called for colbalt blue, which I will definitely use next time.  I was hoping for a little softer blue color.
  3. I used a dry bush technique to apply the top coat because I wanted the Terra Cotta color to show through the top coat.  After the top coat was completely dry I used sand paper to give the chair a distressed appearance.
  •  Step Three- Painting
  1. I get my inspirations from internet clipart, and a variety of books, the possibilites are endless.
  2. Most of the time I trace my design on before I paint.  It is harder for me to paint freehand.
  3. For the detailing and lettering, I trace the design onto the chair and then used a Prismacolor Premier black marker.  The pen has a broad chisel tip on one end and a fine tip on the other.  I thought this was a permanent marker.
Project Blocker

I use a spray semi-gloss clear coat to seal and protect the final product.  I was not patient and sprayed a little too close to the lettering and it started to smear into the wood grain, ugh!


I stopped spraying and allowed the top coat to dry completely and walked away from the project for a couple of hours.  This time allowed me to think about how I was going to fix the problem.  I sanded the lettering and any other effected area and wiped it down to make sure the area was clean.  I went over it again with the marker.  I took a chance and used the same marker because I did not have anything else on hand.  This time when applying the clear coat I took my time, holding the spray can farther away from the target area.  I allowed at least 15 to 20 minutes between each coat that I applied.

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Wendy Renee Adams

Wendy Renne Adams is an arts & crafts freelancer, and this is her website. She loves life, family, friends, animals and crafts not necessarily always in that order.

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