shabby chic nautical theme bob 2016-36

Have you ever liked a style for colour, but not for the frilly details?

I happen to be a fan of shabby chic but not the frilly, dainty lacy stuff.  I like the matte finish, distressed, soft and pastel looks with a hint of contrast and texture and thought I’d experiment with design #36 of the Book of Backgrounds series.

A feminine style seems to be labelled to shabby chic decor, so for this design, a nautical theme will shift it to something more neutral.

By using DecoArt Chalky Finish paint in two high contrasting colours, you will get that soft look with a hint of contrast and using crackle medium and modeling paste, you will get that texture that calls for you to skim your fingers over the artwork and feel the soft bumps and ridges throughout the design.

Background Type:

  • Anything that will accept acrylic paint that is sturdy.

Palette: DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish

  • Vintage – ADC17
  • Legacy – ADC21
  • Everlasting – ADC01

Mediums and Specialty Products

  • DecoArt Acrylic Gesso – TXFP06
  • DecoArt Dimensional Effects – DS109
  • DecoArt Americana Decor Soft-Touch Varnish – ADM03
  • DecoArt Americana Decor Crackle Medium – ADM08


  • DecoArt Americana Deco, Nautical Knot – ADS24


Royal Aqualon

  • 1″, 1/2″ & 3/4″ Glaze Wash – R2700

Royal Soft-Grip

  • #8 Bristle Bright – SG1425

Royal Majestic

  • 1″ Oval Wash – R4950

General Supplies:

      • Royal Brush Square Brush Basin – RD325
      • Royal Essentials Palette Paper – RD358
      • Unstick Reusable Arts and Crafts Sheet
      • Mister Bottle Filled with Water
      • Paper Towels
      • Baby Wipes, Kitchen Wipes or Kitchen cloths (for dry rub application)
      • Heat Gun
      • Palette Knife


shabby chic nautical theme

How to Create Shabby Chic Nautical Theme Art

What did you think?

Let me know by commenting below if you are you a fan of shabby chic and/or nautical themes?