Outdoor Watercolor Tiki Mask Art

This post is all over the place.  I am not sure why, but lets just go with it.  Consider yourself warned.

Simple Outdoor Summer Tiki Art @ VintageRevivals

When I was sprucing up my patio, I knew I want some kind of funky art.  I have been hoarding this Tiki mask for MONTHS.  Court was confused and a little, well, nervous, when I told him there was no way on God’s green earth I was selling it at the Hoard Sale.  (The actual plan was to paint it and put it in my kitchen, we will see if that ever happens…)


So we have the Tiki mask and the theme of Summer.  And for some reason the first thing that I think of when I hear “SUMMER!!!” is Grease.  I don’t know why.  Its a gift and a treasure, in one John Travolta-Hip Thrusting- Music Filled package.

Here is the internal conversation with Me, Myself, and I (you should know that Myself is the one that thinks through the way readers will react to things.  Sometimes Myself is on vacation…like when I write posts like “Craigslist Etiquette is for Suckers” and it makes people feel the need to tell me that I have no morals.  But usually she is right here with me.

Me:  Hmmm.. Patio.  Decorating.  Art. Summer.

I: Don’t forget we have that awesome Tiki Mask

Myself:  Some people commented on FB that the Tiki mask has bad Ju-ju and you shouldn’t put it in your house.  Whatever Ju-ju is.

Me:  Well,  maybe we should put it outside.

I:  Maybe it will protect against the feral cats that crap on the lawn?  Or the Feral teenagers that keep jacking our stuff.

Myself:  You cant say feral teenagers,  that will anger people.  They are children of God, just trying to find their way.

Me:  Focus you two.  Sheesh.  So we have Tiki.  We have summer.

I: Summer lovin,  had me a blast.

Me:  Ohh ohh what if we make it look like the mask is singing?!  Such a good idea.

I:  I love that!  He could be singing Summer Lovin and have kisses all over his face!

Myself:  Summer Lovin is probably not the best phrase since it promotes teenage sexual behavior, and we already have a wayward teenager issue.

Me:  Dude.  No one is going to take it like that.

Myself:  Do you want to end up on a blogger bashing forum?  Find something a little bit more appropriate.

I:  How about But, Oh.  Those Summer Nights?

Me: Fine with me.

Myself:  It still a little risky, but if people get upset then they need a life.  Plus most teenagers nowadays probably haven’t seen Grease.  Lets do it.

Now who has said they want to live in my head?  Its a bit crowded friends.

Dyl has become the resident watercolor specialist in the Gubler casa.  I wish I could take credit for this project but it was 95% her.

Dylan's Dream Room Makeover-6

I cut the words out with my Silhouette (the font I used is Nova Solid) and stuck them to a scrap piece of 1/8” ply that I had in my garage.

I didn’t want them to be perfectly lined up, so instead of using transfer tape I peeled of each letter and place it individually.

Summer Kids Art Project


Once I had the letters down I drew a rough circle around them to mark where I wanted the wood painted (you can see it in the picture below) and then I gave Dylan free reign with her watercolors (I know that watercolors are not permanent but it was the loose watery look that I was going for.)

Kids Summer Painting Project

She had so much fun mixing and painting.  I love when you get out of the way and give kids permission to let whatever is inside of them to come out.

Summer Nights Art Project (2)

Then I let Dylan peel of the vinyl.  This was probably her favorite part, she was amazed that the letters were still there!  I am pretty sure if there was a job just doing this, it would be the most gratifying job in the world.

Kids Summer Art

All dried.

DIY Watercolor Art at

As far as the kissy mask goes, I just free handed lips onto the mask with plain old acrylic craft paint.  I did contemplate putting it on my lips and then kissing him but Myself got the better of me.

Tiki Mask Art

I hung the board on the house (one of the upsides of Stucco) with small finishing nails in each corner and then hung Mr.. Tiki Man on with a nail.  Not a big to do, but it works.

Colorful Modern Outdoor Seating Area

I love that Dylan did this,  I love that it looks so fun, and I love that the Tiki Man is going to scare away all of the feral teenagers. (Sorry Myself, I just had to throw it in there.)

Simple Outdoor Summer Tiki Art @ VintageRevivals

Hope you guys have an amazing Memorial Day!

Love Your Guts


  • Jenna @ O Hi, O Love 27.05.2013 at 12:27

    Love that artwork! How fun! And I love your little boston laying perfectly in the photo. :)

  • Rebekah 27.05.2013 at 12:40

    Oh, I love this post! He’s adorable … in a bad ju-ju sort of way? ; )

  • This Sarah Loves 27.05.2013 at 13:34

    Nice! I love how it turned out. Props to Dylan and her artistry! And your puppy is just too freakin’ cute too.

  • Ksenia 27.05.2013 at 14:16

    How do you even come up with such ideas? Your creativity is amazing!

  • Cindy * Daisies and Crazies 27.05.2013 at 16:53

    Mandi, I love you so hard.

  • Jessica 27.05.2013 at 18:27

    I confess that normally I hate typographic art, but I actually love this version… plus I always love getting the kids involved

  • Jessica 27.05.2013 at 18:27

    I confess that normally I hate typographic art, but I actually love this version… plus I always love getting the kids involved

  • Lindsey Marlor 27.05.2013 at 19:55

    love your whit!! :)

  • Gina Luker 27.05.2013 at 21:09

    It’s gorgeous, girl! Big props to Dyl – she’s such an artist in bloom :)

  • Gilit @ Shoes Off Please 27.05.2013 at 22:27

    I love it- basically for all the reasons you listed: Dylan’s artwork, scaring feral teenagers, and it looks awesome. Also people went a little to crazy town on the Craigslist post! If “myself” was still wondering, I say you’re fine.

  • Diane Streicher @ Diane Again 28.05.2013 at 09:09

    Hilarious. I love when you’re random.

  • Mari Paz López 28.05.2013 at 11:29

    Great composition for a summer house! congratulations!
    Podemos charlar juntas

  • Ginger Walls 28.05.2013 at 15:33

    Yea! I am so glad you posted this. No lie, I saw your other post and loved it so much I went out and got supplies to make my own. I was going to e-mail you about a tutorial so I could link back. I love everything about it. I can’t wait to get started on my own. Now i just need to figure out what quote I want to use.

  • Sarah or someone like her 28.05.2013 at 18:19

    Confession: I only felt ho-hum about this art until I read your post. Now I want my own feral teenager repelling tiki mask. And we don’t even have a feral teenager problem here.

  • craftythriftydecoratingwifemom 28.05.2013 at 23:40

    You are too funny, Miss Multiple Personalities, the ones we all have just don’t differentiate so well. Feral teenagers heisting your stuff? I remember that one well, and while my reply didn’t use that phrase, it would have been appropriate to the description. I just won the silhouette Pretty Handy Girl gave away, so I really appreciate the use of letters and paint. Dylan’s work is quite cool, IMHO.

  • Julia Konya 29.05.2013 at 13:24

    So fun! Love it Mandi!

  • Mindy Schaper 29.05.2013 at 21:46

    Too funny. I’ve been visiting a lot of museums lately (in the Netherlands now) and seeing a lot of these types of masks first-hand… authentic.

  • Mindy Schaper 29.05.2013 at 21:46

    Too funny. I’ve been visiting a lot of museums lately (in the Netherlands now) and seeing a lot of these types of masks first-hand… authentic.

  • TMykula 30.05.2013 at 17:22

    Oh Mandi, do share where you got the fabric for that fabulous pillow on the white chair. It is friggin’ fantastic! Love the whole look and your amazing, creative approach to life and home. I would love to spend just one day inside your head.

  • Megan Poletti 02.06.2013 at 16:50

    Oh my! I love the watercolors! I am so gonna do this on my porch. It is in need of a little somethin somethin.

    I also love your inner dialogue… Mine is very similar to that :)

  • Ali 14.06.2015 at 02:17

    I was so confused when I first saw this “Why are the words inside a pig???” Can you see it? On the left kind of looks like a nose and even little pointy ears? I think its just a coincidence, but it kind of made me giggle


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