Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Thyme to show you SPRING cleaning

I wanted to show you a project that I have completed 
Lynne Andrews
The design for this project can be found in Lynne's book
Abundantly Blessed.

I used a surface that I had for this project.

 Lets step inside my STUDIO and get started!

My Palette

Bright Yellow, Burnt Umber, Buttermilk, Cool White, Country Red, Lamp Black, Milk Chocolate, Mulberry, Olive Green, Plantation Pine, Slate Grey, Silver Sage Green, Yellow Ochre

Let's Paint!

I began by lightly sanding my wood.
I applied
with a brush

When dry I lightly sanded before applying 2 coats of Buttermilk.

Dry and lightly sand between coats.

I transferred my pattern to the surface 
graphite paper and my Sewline Tracer.

I washed
  Silver Sage Green
across the top of my surface 
walked the wash downward.

I used Lynne Andrews Floaters & Stipplers

I mopped using my Jack Richeson Sash Brush

The wash should be heavier at the top and gradually fade out towards the bottom.
Next I lightly dry brushed White clouds in the sky with my stippler.

Next I did a wash with Plantation Pine across the bottom ground.
Sometimes it is easier to flip your piece upside down and wash downward (like the sky).

Next I painted the birdhouse, roof and clay pots Buttermilk.
The birdhouse is the washed with Yellow Ochre and mopped. 
Roof is washed with Slate Grey. 
Post is washed with Burnt Umber.

The holes on the house are Burnt Umber.
Trim boards are highlighted Cool White.

I drew the shingles on the roof with my Rotring Tikky Graphic Pen 0.1
After using the pen you should heat set the permanent ink.

The clay pots are washed Milk Chocolate.
They are shaded with Burnt Umber and highlighted with Cool White.
I dotted on the tiny flowers in the background with the tip of my floater.
I used the tip of my finger to smudge them and give them a softer look.

Painting the birdies!

All the birdies are painted!

Close up view.

I am now going to paint the frame with a faux finish.

I began by squirting a puddle of Splendid Gold Dazzling Metallics in the center of my palette.

I then squirted 6 quarter size puddles of Traditions Glazing Medium onto my palette.
I then added 1 puddle of Easy Float
I mixed all 3 together with my palette knife.

I used a sponge brush to apply Buttermilk to the frame.
I applied the mixture to the frame using a press and lift motion with the sponge brush.

I used a wine bottle cork to do the faux finishing.
 I dug out a few pieces from one end of the cork.
I dipped the end of the cork into the mixed glazing medium.
I repeatedly stamped the cork around the frame.

Close up of faux finish frame.

Finished frame.

Rosemary Reynolds and DecoArt
 provided me with products to complete this project as part of their 
Helping Artist
Blogger Outreach Program

Thank you DecoArt!

I hope you have enjoyed watching me paint
sPrInG Cleaning!

Happy Painting!

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Thyme to show you a fun holiday project using DecoArt Traditions Paint.

My grandchildren recently visited to enjoy our annual

  Christmas Adventure Weekend

Let's step inside the STUDIO

My grandchildren love spending time in my
creating and painting.

We used some of the new
  DecoArt Traditions
paints in tubes for our project.

We prepared a canvas by base coating it 

We painted my grand daughter
Natalies foot 
Traditions Yellow Green Light

My daughter Julie stamping Natalie's foot on the canvas.

Next it was time to paint Nicoles hand with Raw Sienna.

Ready to stamp Nicoles hand on the canvas.

And now it was Nathan's turn

So much fun!

Let's add some RED dots......

My daughter Julie adding some finishing touches.

  MAGIC of Christmas

Rosemary Reynolds and DecoArt
provided me with the new 
Traditions Pain
to complete this project.

Thank you DecoArt we loved creating this project!

Happy Holidays



Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Thyme to show you a Fat Pilgrim

is tomorrow!
I couldn't wait to paint
 Lynne Andrew's 
new Fat Pilgrim design.

I apologize for getting so behind in my blogging!

Let's step inside the

I had several of these very 
large gourds 
in my stash just waiting for the right design to paint on it.
I knew it was the perfect surface to adapt Lynne's FAT Pilgrim design to.

I used my 
Prism Autograph Projector 
to size the line drawing to fit the gourd.
I had to adjust some of the elements of the design to "make it work".

My Palette

DecoArt Americana Acrylics

Antique Gold, Antique White, Burnt Orange, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Buttermilk, Country Red, Graphite, Lamp Black, Marigold, Milk Chocolate, Slate Grey, Titanium Snow White,   Warm Beige
Dazzling Metallics Glorious Gold

Lets Paint

I began by washing the entire gourd with 2 coats of Buttermilk.
Next I washed the face with Warm Beige.
I washed the hair, beard and mustache with Slate Grey.
I then added the facial features.

I use Lynne Andrews new floaters and stipplers
I use Jack Richeson Dome Sash Brushes for mopping.

To refresh your memory this is what the gourd looked like prior to painting the facial details.
After I had painted the facial features and had the beard base coated 
I realized I needed some type of "brim" for the hat to make my gourd look more like a Pilgrim.

I decided to use QuickWood to make the hat brim.

Quick Wood
is a 2 part resin and once kneaded together you have about 20 minutes of open time before it begins to cure. 
It fully cures in 24 hours.

With that being said I needed all 20 minutes to get the brim made and attached!

 I first flattened out the piece of QuickWood I had cut.
I used a water glass to cut a small circle which was about 6" wide. 
I then used a smaller glass to cut out an inner circle.
This is where it got REAL TRICKY!
I put the "brim" over the top of the gourd.
Because the QUICKWOOD was still in the pliable state it started to STRETCH!
I could have used and extra pair of hands at this point!
I ended  cutting about a 1" piece of QuickWood. 
I formed several pea size balls.
I used the pea size balls to support under the brim while I was smoothing and attaching the brim from above.
By this point the QuickWood was really starting to set so I REALLY had to work fast!
I finally managed to get it on and remove the tiny balls under the rim that I had used for support.

Here is my PILGRIM with his hat which I painted Lamp Black.
I then transferred the remaining details to the gourd with graphite.

The Pilgrims coat was washed with Burnt Umber.
I painted right over the arms, turkey and banner.

I used a #14 floater to do the first wash of Burnt Umber.
I then used my 1" domed sash brush to lightly stipple the wash as I went along.
This technique is used to blend and soften your wash.

It is important to dry completely between each wash so that you do not lift the paint.

Do as many washes as needed to achieve the depth of color you want.
The more soft layers of washes you apply, the more blended and softer the coat will look.

The Pilgrims collar is washed White.

I shaded between the collar top and beard with a mix of Burnt Umber and Graphite  ( 1:1)
I completed the beard by using the tip of a #2 floater loaded with White.
I pulled the hairs out around face, mustache and beard.
I then switched to a #4 floater for some thicker strands.

Completed beard.

I painted a heavy Buttermilk wash on the turkey, cuffs, hands and banner .

The turkey is a wash of Milk Chocolate.
Shading around the wing and top of head is Burnt Sienna.
Snood ( fleshy stuff under beak) is Country Red.
Beak is Marigold.

I then wet the areas of the turkey where you see the spots.
I then picked up some Burnt Umber on the tip of a #4 floater.
I dotted the paint on the WET areas.
You will start to see the paint bleed out.
You can use your finger or a mop to smudge the spots.

The legs are painted with Marigold.
When dry add Burnt Orange stripes.

The banner is washed with Antique White.
I then transferred the scripture verse.

Lettering is done with a
 Roaring Tikky Graphic Pen 0.1

Be sure to spray your lettering with Krylon Fixative so your lettering does not smudge when you varnish.

Close up of finished Pilgrim face.

Finished Fat Pilgrim

He looks wonderful displayed in an old wood bowl with some bittersweet added.

The scripture verse reads 
" I will praise God's name in song and glorify him  with Thanksgiving "

I also painted the surface that Lynne Andrews designed for the 
Fat Pilgrim project.
This surface measures 12 1/4" x 7"

This surface was painted in the same way that I painted the gourd,
 with the exception that his britches and shoes were added.

Close up of face.

Here you can see the Pilgrims britches and shoes.

I applied several coats of DuraGloss Soft Touch Varnish to each piece when completed.

I attached my Fat Pilgrim to a grapevine wreath.

Completed Fat Pilgrim Wreath.

Rosemary Reynolds and DecoArt 
provided me with the paints to complete these projects.

Thank you DecoArt!

I hope you have enjoyed watching me paint this
FAT Pilgrim
project two different ways!

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!


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