DIY: The Dotted Sea Turtle

Hello!

Since we are only (as far as I know!) going once to visit with family, I managed to kill two birds with one stone. and I created some DIY birthday projects. You’ve already seen my nana’s present, so it is officially time to unleash the dotted sea turtle I did for my aunt and uncle!

This is how the sea turtle came in the packaging; I mentioned in my last post that I was thoroughly surprised that both canvases came together as I don’t believe they were made by the same brand or company. On the left of the photo, there is a peek of this wooden square that they were laying on while in the thin box. We thought it was a strange addition, but we believe it was brought in to make sure the cutouts weren’t damaged in the mail. I will probably use it as a safeguard for my future projects.


What you will need:

  • Canvas – You can search for various types of turtles, but my aunt specifically adores sea turtles, and this was the only one I enjoyed on my hunt.
  • Acrylic paint – I used DecoArt bottles of gold, navy blue, green, and purple.
  • Dotting tools – You can use various household appliances that have a flat surface, but if you’d like to get your own “professional” tools, they are available at Wal-Mart, Amazon and Etsy.
  • Pencil with a good eraser
  • Ruler
  • Damp towels or baby wipes

LINKS:

Sea Turtle Wooden Cutout Style 3 | Dotting tools | Paints: Spun Gold, Navy Blue, Leaf Green, and Regal Purple


Originally, I wanted the sea turtle to be somewhat similar to the pig canvas, so that it wouldn’t be such a difficult process to paint, but I couldn’t find any cutouts of medium sized turtles to fit my vision, so I had my mom help me find another and we agreed on this one. Honestly, the perk of this design was the ridges on the sides, they allowed me to have a better understanding of how big the shell itself would be to the turtle’s face and fins.

I wanted for the turtle to be lifelike but with a mystic flair to him. I actually had two ways I saw this guy in my mind; the first was the turtle mentioned on the film Finding Nemo. I wanted to create him with bits of yellow and brown to make him look the part, but I also wanted to add some shimmer like in “The Rainbow Fish” books without taking it too far. My mother won’t allow me to have any glitter inside the house–much less my room–because of the weird impulse to create a mess! It’s a fair trade as long as I can continue to do more projects in my room! Anyways, I decided to add both green and purple to draw out a bit of color to him to make him unique to other turtles out there.

To start, I needed to map out the shell, and I used both a regular pencil and a standard sized ruler to make sure everything was even on all sides, and I made the lines across the edges of where the shell would cover on each fin and made an even longer line so I could have enough space on his head. Once I was sure of each section, I moved on to figure out how I wanted to design the shell. I was really torn with how I wanted this dude to look, so I needed to see if I wanted to include separate areas like normal turtles have on their shells. They tend to have individual spots all around the outer edges and have a larger section in the middle and this can be on the top and bottom of their shell. So, I made three tiny circles with the ruler going horizontally and by the end, I even had my dad impressed with my little hack!

After I got everything planned out, I began to add the first stage of the dots.

I decided to go with the “bottom” layer first with my medium sized tool in the color blue and instead of using my light-yellow shade like I was going to use; I went with my new gold paint. Something you should consider while purchasing some acrylic paints, they tend to dry lighter than their original hue, so, even though the gold looks nice and shiny when it’s wet, the sheen kind of faded as it dried on the surface, so you might want to consider looking into a metallic gold just in case you end up hating the final result. Personally, I loved the color and I thought it worked really well with the surface of the wood. I only went around the outer part once – I debated whether or not I wanted to continue to the circle I created in the middle of the shell, and I ended up using a smaller dotting tool to cover the middle of the shell in gold.

After I finished the gold part of the shell, I decided to move on with the navy blue. A part of me wanted to add a small group of dots along the face and fins but I didn’t know how it would turn out with the dullness of the gold, I did put some gold in certain areas but for the most part kept it only for the shell itself. Anyways, when I started adding more colors, my initial thought process went right out of the window, and I began to experiment with the larger tools, they are thicker in width, I have some difficulty gripping them, so I tend to back away from them, but for this I wanted to have some fun and gave the turtle fairly obnoxious spots all over his back and even went so far as added them to the rest of him….

When you’re doing these types of projects, accept your impulses because they’re going to win at some point.

If I had any space left over, I just covered it with the green so that it looked like he had algae on him as real sea turtles can have a mixture of algae and barnacles all over their bodies! I didn’t intend for the purple to reflect the barnacles; it was actually a personally choice. My aunt and uncle love the color purple and it stands as an important hue for them so that’s actually my reason for using it but hey, if they want to include that little bit of knowledge to their guests, they can!

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When I was finally done with it, I began to think of names for him. It was to come up with nana’s pig because I couldn’t get it out of my mind–my mom was pretty sold on “Hattie” it was the middle name that we couldn’t agree on! However, I decided to play a little game on my aunt and uncle, since they sort of knew about nana’s gift, I sent a message to them on Facebook, basically explaining I was working on another story, and I needed a name for my main character. This actually worked out better for me because they did not realize what they were doing until we brought it out for them.

I was inspired by a lot of pop culture like Pokémon and The Big Bang Theory with Squirtle and Sheldon, but I also remembered about the Galapagos tortoises, which made me think of Alex Trebeck and his love of the Galapagos Islands, so I made sure to pick out some names that were given to some different types of turtles that are (and were) located on the vast islands, like Rothschild, Duncan, and Fernand. They ultimately went with Nitro, as it is the name of one of their cars!

Well, that’s it!

I know this post wasn’t a proper “How-To” but it wasn’t that kind of project. If it had came in the same design like the pig, it would have been, because there were a lot of lines involved with it. For this, I was able to do whatever I wanted to do with it, and I think that’s the reason why I wasn’t so hard on myself for creating those huge dots on the shell, I was able to free-foot it, get it? If you ever get a canvas like this, I think you should look at it as your sign to be even more creative with everything.

What did you think of my DIY project of “Nitro”? What other designs and/or shapes do you think I should consider doing next?

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Non-Disney | Pixar

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Howdy!

Last month, I decided to put up a poll on my social medias to get some feedback on my next “Non-Disney” theme. I only had two choices but I was open to any other options, so If you have any other ideas for me to look into, please let me know! Pixar won the polls, by only like four votes because as much as I tried to promote them for a week, hardly nobody want to help me out!

Everybody thinks that Pixar is part of Disney entertainment anyway, mainly because of the fact that every Disneyland (World) park has rides and stores dedicated to the brand itself, but they are a totally separate company. One of the many differences is the fact that Pixar doesn’t make movies with a lot of dancing scenes and singing characters. They also have a different look, like each character looks like it was made out of clay instead of a computer software! The characters themselves look more lifelike compared to the early days of Walt Disney’s take of both Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.

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A Bug’s Life (1998) – Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, and Phyllis Diller

A Bug’s Life is one of my favorite movies! However I do remember becoming terrified of grasshoppers after watching this for the first time! I thought they were mean to the ants and what was worse was the fact that after I watched it, I thought they could grow to be big like people, but I think that was planted into my head by a family member but who really knows it could have been a thought created by my own mind!

I think Flick was pretty inventive! We even have moments in history where if there is already a way of doing things and we’re perfectly fine in doing it that way for the rest of our lives, nobody really wants to change it. The phrase “don’t fix what’s not broken” comes to mind for the scenes of him testing out his machines for the first time, but in their defense it is the reason why they lost all of their offerings to the herd of hoppers! It’s such a cute movie though! Unfortunately, I can’t say I fell in love with insects after watching it throughout my life.

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Monsters Inc. (2001) – John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi

What’s surprising about Monsters Inc is that 1.) I’ve only seen probably a handful of times in my life and 2.) I have yet to watch the second film that came out a couple of years ago! This one used to make me cry, the endings always gets me!

I do remember that this was a movie that my dad even enjoyed, but in all honesty he likes a lot of kid-friendly movies. I should make up a list and post it for you all to enjoy! He doesn’t read my blog anyway so what’s the big deal? Of course he’s watched it with my sister and I when were kids, but now as an adult I’ve seen him watch others and it’s gotten to the point now where it doesn’t surprise me anymore, it just puts a smile on my face!

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Finding Nemo (2002) – Albert Brooks, Ellen Degenerates, Alexander Gould

I love Finding Nemo! I think it took me a few years to actually watch it though, I had to be coaxed into it because the older I got, the more I turned into my mother and almost every bittersweet ending would unleash the flood gates! The beginning of it gets you pretty quickly and then it happens again when Nemo is genuinely lost, you just feel as hopeless as he does. Thank god for Dory though, and Mott, if it wasn’t for both of those characters, the entire movie would have had me crying! And then of course, when Brandon and I watched Finding Dory last year, I had a tough time keeping my composure!

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Brave (2012) – Kelly McDonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connelly, and Julie Walters

I’ve always been so-so with Pixar’s take to the fairy tales; I didn’t really care for both Tangled and The Princess and The Frog even though I think they both had characteristics that you can find in Disney’s Cinderella. Even though I know that Pixar doesn’t like having a lot of musical numbers in their movies, I feel like Tangled had quite a bit, but I think since it was their first princess-fairy tale, I think they kind of had to go that route to please that old standard but by the time they go to make TPATF and Brave, they’ve left that status quo behind and turned a new page for these beloved characters and stories!

Brave is the only movie where they stayed true to their word and the whole thing was nothing like the previous fairy tales! One thing that I find interesting is that as much as everyone loved the fact that Frozen basically said you can’t marry someone you just meet, it definitely went over the status quo, but it’s true! And most importantly, nobody ever gets up in a pretty way in the morning! So the fact that both Merida and Anna were shown as real as possible in that respect was different but great! Merida had her own story and the writers definitely changed everything we know about obeisance with the royals. Sometimes there’s nothing wrong with a rebel or two!

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The Good Dinosaur (2015) – Raymond Ocha, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Elliott, and Anna Paquin

This movie was so sweet, but I cried so hard in certain parts! I was happy that I watched it at night because I was a freaking blubbering mess by the end of it! And shockingly, I finished it in one sitting because I knew it would just be easier on myself.

I love any movies or specials about dinosaurs, I’ve always been like this, so when I found out that my sister was pregnant back in October, I thought this was one thing that I’d like to share that wasn’t about superheroes, and then we found out that it would be a boy and that really intensified that desire to buy anything with dinosaurs on it! I don’t think this would be appropriate for a young child around the age of two or three to watch because it can very sad and you’d have to explain the significance of the deaths in the film and why you’re crying so much!

Do you have a favorite Pixar film? Curious, does anybody remember the short films that would be on just before the movie? Like before A Bug’s Life played, it showed you the short movie called “Geri’s Game”? 

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