Inside: A fun under-the-sea collage project which includes free sea life clip art in the Public Domain
Ever looked at an old, round wall clock and thought, “I could turn this into a beautiful porthole into the deep blue sea? “Well, maybe not, but after today’s project, you might start seeing potential in the most surprising places!
As you might already know, I have a trove of vintage sea life images over at www.pictureboxblue.com. All are in the Public Domain and accessible to anyone. And I’ve been itching to find a way to bring these beautiful illustrations to life.
After rummaging and creatively pondering, a battered old wall clock caught my eye. And voila, a nautical idea was born with this fabulous under-the-sea collage.
This Seascape Collage project is perfect for those who love unique DIY crafts and have a soft spot for vintage aesthetics. It will appeal to ocean enthusiasts, upcycling crafters, and anyone wanting to add a touch of nautical charm to their home or vacation retreat.
I found the perfect place for this ocean collage artwork in my family bathroom. I used to have a vintage octopus print on the wall but now have a hole portal of ocean wonders to view whilst sitting in the bath!
Choosing The Vintage Sea Life Images
This site has many fantastic vintage sea life images in the Public Domain; I can use for the collage, from the artistic Haeckel Jellyfish to Mawe’s conchology prints. But I focused on fish, seaweed and some coral.
All were printed onto watercolour paper using my home inkjet printer. I’ve provided the sea life clip art I used for my collage here. But you might want to choose your aquatic images.
The Fish Clip Art
You can find a whole rainbow of fish clip art to choose from in this fish display post. And they are all free from Louis Renard’s fish paintings and free to download.
Making The Under The Sea Collage
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What you need
- A large round frame – I used an old broken IKEA wall clock that was curb side find. Check out thrift stores, freecycle and IKEA for something similar.
- Montana gold copperchrome spray paint
- Paper craft knife and mat
- Inkjet watercolour paper
- Watercolour paints in blue and yellow
- Double-sided sticky pads
- Spray mount glue
Upcycling The Wall Clock
Step 1: The wall clock was the perfect shape and depth for a replica porthole. I unscrewed the clock and removed the hands, clock mechanism and glass.
Step 2: I spray-painted the clock’s frame with copper-chrome paint. This was to give it a metallic nautical feel.
Step 3: Cut a piece of watercolour paper to fit the face of the clock. Using watercolour paints, paint a blue sea background with a sandy sea bed. This was stuck to the clock face with a spray mount.
Constructing The Seascape Collage
Step 4: Decide on what sea life images you want to use and print them onto watercolour paper. Then using a paper craft knife and mat, cut them out.
Step 5: Once you have cut out all your sea life images, play with the layout before sticking them to the background.
Step 6: Use double-sided sticky pads to stick the images down. This will give the under-the-sea collage a 3D effect.
Step 7: Once the collage is complete, put the glass back onto the front of the upcycled clock and hang the porthole collage.
If you didn’t want to make a collage, you could print and frame one of the beautiful under-the-water seascapes included in this Adolphe Millot sealife posters collection.
This clock could also be used as a unique round shadow box frame.
If you want other ideas on crafting and displaying vintage images on Pictureboxblue, check out the ones in the Craft & DIYs section.