By Rachel Freeman

Sweetwater Surf Shop

I was recently commissioned to paint Sweetwater Surf Shop on a surfboard. The piece was different from my normal portrait painting – in style and theme – but I enjoyed the process and love how it turned out. It will hang in Sweetwater Surf Shop in Wrighstville Beach, North Carolina, so, if you are ever in the area, swing by and take a look!


I prepared the surface by lightly sanding the top of the board, and then priming it with clear gesso. I used acrylic, graphite, and paper college as well as a palette knife and rounded brushes of different sizes to create the image.

photo 5Last, I sealed the piece with three coats of Mod Podge! One coat was applied with a brush and the two other coats were spray applications. Quite a fun piece to paint!

What do you think?

Surf’s Up!

Laura Kirar Guernica Lounge Chair by McGuire Furniture – Yay or Nay?

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I saw this chair on Instagram a few days ago, and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I don’t  like fringe in fashion, which you see a lot of these days, especially on bathing suits, so when I saw this fringe chair, I didn’t even know what to think. However, my mind keeps meandering back to it…

It is the Laura Kirar Guernica Lounge Chair by McGuire Furniture. “It requires 3,500 holes to be placed through the honeycomb caning, then the artisan uses a custom-made needle to place and knot the contrasting smooth and textured leather laces of varying lengths to create the fringe.” Wow!

So, what’s your vote? Yay or Nay? Comment below.

Happy weekend!

P.S. Yay or Nay? is a new feature on Tink Makes Art. I’d love for you to join the conversation!