Designed Chest by Yours Truly

Art

Hey, everyone! I can’t believe it’s been over a week already since I’ve posted! I’m back and here to share another art project I undertook a few months ago.

I bought this perfect shaped, sturdy toy chest from the thrift store. It wasn’t very pretty looking though. It was a pleasant shade of brown, but had a lot of tiny scratches, of which some were deep, all over it. I bought it, thinking that, with some work and a personal touch, it would make a great birthday present for a little brother of mine.

Unfortunately, I did not take a picture before I spray painted it. But here are some progress photos nonetheless!

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First up, I washed it with those rags you see to the left. I also have the chest lying  down in such a way so I could spray paint as much of it as I possibly could at once (I only used one can – and not even all of it!). I laid some cardboard underneath it so I wouldn’t get any paint on the driveway. I wasn’t completely successful. There is some outline of a faint, blue paint on the driveway to this very day.

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And you simply must have coffee when working on a project. 🙂 Be sure to keep it a safe distance from where you’re spray painting! And it’s best drunk from a Donald Duck sketch mug. 🙂

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Once done spray painting the blue, I painted a Jo Sports logo on both sides. Yes, it is remarkably similar to FOX Sports, which is on purpose. I wish I could take credit for it, but my brother Josiah, for whom this chest is for, designed this logo a while back. Which is why it’s Jo Sports. The other side looks a little better, but I won’t bore you with another picture.

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And here we have the top of the chest! It is the name of Josiah’s YouTube channel (here I will unashamedly leave link to his cool trick shot video: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUbGjpNjGUc&t=11s)

He also came up with this font. I’m just hand painting on there. I lightly penciled the words on the chest and then painted it white. I then outlined the words with black to give the white a slight more pop to it.

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Here you see the front of the chest with the super faint outline of a helmet. I used a white pencil since the blue was actually pretty dark.

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Here, if you squint, you can see the outline of the helmet on the chest still. You can also see my reference picture to the left there on my laptop.

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Painting in the white part of the helmet!

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Josiah created all of the designs of these helmets you will see. I hand painted them all on the chest. I also outlined all of the helmets with black to give it that pop.

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All four helmets lined up with one helmet not quite done yet. With the exception of the tornado on the helmet on the far right, I painted in the logos first then painted the surface of the helmet. Usually you’d do it the other way, but I had penciled the logos in and had to see it to get the them right. If I had done the background first, I wouldn’t see the penciled in logos anymore and surely would’ve messed them up.

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A closer in pic of the unfinished helmet. As you can see, I’m painting the background now. Touch up will be required for the logo since I will have to make absolutely certain that you cannot see any blue with the helmet.

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And the finished product on the front! A quick fun fact: to get the shape of the helmet itself  as consistent as possible, I traced the outline of the helmet of the far right one unto a clear piece of paper. Then I traced the outline of the paper unto the chest for the last three helmets. I had to the flip paper, draw one line on chest, flip paper, draw one line one chest, etc. method. All those years of tracing a picture in a coloring book unto a regular sheet of paper really paid off! 😀

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Here you actually see evidence of the black outline around the letters. You can see the O intersecting the J. And the same with the C with the O.

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A picture of the front and top of the chest.

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And … here’s the last picture!

I was able to get my hands on all of Josiah’s designs without him knowing it, thank goodness. I had fun doing it. I have more art projects mind in the future, but I need more furniture.

I hoped you enjoy the progress pictures! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

 

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