Ahhhh, I'm making progress. VERY slow mind you, but bit by bit my little guy's room is being upgraded to suit the big boy 3 year old that he now is. I mentioned the surf board we picked up recently in California ... which is still just standing guard in his room, patiently waiting to be hung on the wall ... well, this weekend my lovely assistant and I made this surfer dude lamp: I decided to swap out the current lamp on his dresser for a custom accent lamp made with (1) a lamp base leftover from a photo shoot, (2) a red checked lamp shade also from days gone by and (3) several surfer magazines picked up near the beach:
Since I wasn't sure how my photos would cover the checked pattern of my shade, I gave it a quick coat of white paint. Then I started to layer torn beach, surf & surfer pics on top. Several pieces of mostly blue water formed the base:
I went with the rough, torn edges look on this. Tearing the excess photo away from the part I wanted, exposing white edges of paper:
One of the magazines was a real score - several features on kid surfers! So I chose pics of other little blond guys that he could really relate to. My daughter did all the brushing on of the decoupage glue and was so thrilled to be making little brother a "secret surprise!"
I sealed the decoupaged lamp shade with two spray coats of clear satin polycrylic; painted the lamp base with a few coats of "Beach House" from Valspar Waverly Home Classics (same color used elsewhere in his room and the playroom photo canvases); and now it's all dry and waiting for tonight's story time!