Being someone who always searches for strange things on Amazon in hopes that they’re actually being sold somewhere, I discovered that plain white beach balls exist (& they’re Amazon Prime!), and I obviously had to come up with something cool to do to them. I’ve never been good at drawing, so I’ve recently found myself lusting after abstract patterns, specifically Ashley Goldberg’s. Seriously so in love with everything she did for Gorman Clothing! I have been pinning and bookmarking Ashley’s patterns for a while, and I thought an Ashley Goldberg inspired pattern on these beach balls would be perfect and wouldn’t inevitably frustrate me during the making process. (I tried to draw pizzas and donuts on one of the beach balls before this idea and it was atrocious. I immediately got rid of that thing! In the trash you go!)
All you beach lovers get ready to turn up your beach game with this super easy spin on the boring old beach ball!
I totally went overboard with the pattern on the left-most beach ball, but can you blame me when I have a blank canvas and so many awesome pastels at my fingertips?! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I’m a total sucker for this color palette.
And let’s just take a moment to discuss how perfect this Ban.do bag is for lugging all of your stuff to the beach? Always love me some Ban.do bags, especially when they match my shoes!
– White beach balls (found here on Amazon)
– Craft paint
– Paintbrushes (I used a square brush and a thin tip brush)
That’s really all you need, and you’re ready to go!
I started out by making fast strokes with the square brush. The trick to achieving that really brushy look is to not put only a small amount on your brush before you go to make the stroke. Paint dries pretty quickly on these if you don’t use too much, so you don’t have to wait long before adding an overlapping color. I chose to layer light pink squares and peach circles over my initial green strokes.
I then went back in with the thin tip brush and made random lines and dots in different colors around my already existing pattern.
Feel free to use your own colors and patterns too! The possibilities with these are endless!
Raise your hand if you’re ready to try these this weekend! Have fun, and don’t feel bad bragging to everyone at the beach about your super rad creation, you’ll totally have the most stylin’ beach stuff there! I love seeing your creations so make sure to tag me if you try something out!
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- June 25, 2015