Saturday, August 13, 2016

Thyme for Tranquil Times.

I want to show you a
Memory Box
that I painted for our chapter
 Cape Cod Mayflower Decorative Painters

This box will be donated to a local 

Step inside my STUDIO and lets get started!

I used a design
Rebecca Trimble 
for this project.

The original design 
Tranquil Times Portside Clock
appeared in the 
August 2010 Issue 
Quick and Easy painting
I adapted the clock design to fit my surface.


Antique Green, Antique White, Asphaltum, Avocado, Light Avocado, Black Green, Black Plum, Blue Chiffon, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow, Camel, Cocoa, Driftwood, French Vanilla, Gingerbread, Hauser Medium Green, Light Buttermilk, Neutral Grey, Plantation Pine, Raw Sienna, Rookwood Red,  Snow ( Titanium) White, Soft Black, Soft Sage, Williamsburg Blue

Let's Paint

I began by base coating the top of the box with a mix 
Light Buttermilk (1:1)

I let the first coat dry completely then I based with a coat 
 Light Buttermilk

I use a foam applicator brush to apply the second coat.
Once I dip it in the paint I use a "press and lift" method to apply the paint.
This gives your surface a slight texture.

**** To do this use the FLAT side of the foam brush (not the chisel edge).
Repeatedly press the loaded brush down onto your surface , and then lift brush straight up without bending it. Continue to cover your surface in this manner. When complete you can go back over your surface with the same brush ( do no wash it) to refine the texture some.
This technique makes painting small detail easier.

I first painted in the sky
based coated in the water

I use
for base coating in small areas.
I have these in several sizes

I use Lowell Cornell Ultra Rounds quite often to shade with.
I "mop" with Maxine Mops
Brushes always come down to personal preference 
it is really important to buy the
BEST quality brushes you can afford!
Good brushes really do make a difference in your painting!

Here I have added some shading details to the hills in the distance.
I have painted the ship in the background.
I base coated the cliffs in the foreground with Cocoa.
I used a large #14 Lowell Cornell Ultra round brush for the shading on the cliffs.
This brush holds a LOT of water
can create some nice affects when shading along with your mop brush.

I do most of my highlighting 
using a 
I have these in several sizes and love the soft affect you can achieve with them!

After I base coated the tree trunks I added the foliage 
with a 

I cut my sponge into 
small wedges.
It adds a nice "airy" look.

I have started base coating the houses in the distance.

I have now started adding the details and shading to the small houses

I have painted the lighthouse

I randomly added the bricks to the lighthouse.

After base coating the house on the right I began to work on the stones

I have now begun to work on the foreground shrubs

I have now begun working on the foreground ship

I painted the bottom of the box Light Avocado

Ready for varnish!

I used 
finish my box

I apply the first coat of varnish with a brush.
I let that dry well before applying several more coats of varnish with a sponge.
Let each coat dry completely!

I applied 4 coats of varnish to the cover of the box

Completed Memory Box

 provided me with the paints to complete this project
as part of their

Helping Artist


Blogger Outreach Program

Thank you DecoArt for all the wonderful products to create with!

I hope that you have enjoyed watching me paint this Memory Box.

Happy Painting!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Thyme to tell you how to make a LONGITUDE and LATITUDE sign

Today I wanted to show you
 how to make
 longitude and latitude 

First a bit of Geography!

 an angle which ranges
0° at the Equator to 90°
 (North or South) at the poles.
 Lines of constant
or parallels, 
run east-west as circles parallel to the equator. 
 used together 
to specify 
precise location features 
on the 
surface of the Earth

I began by first finding out exactly where my town was!

West Barnstable
41.7064° N, 70.3740°W

I wanted 
  LARGE sign !

I cut a piece of board 39" long.

I printed out the longitude and latitude on my computer.
I then cut a stencil for it.

I began by first base coating my board 

I then brushed 
lightly in random areas on my board.

I let the One Step dry.

I then mixed two
together to get my desired color

The colors I used
  Legacy and Serene

I used a chip brush 
 applied the paint so that some
 of the 
showed thru .

I brushed it on so that it appeared STREAKY!

After applying the blue paint the ONE Step Crackle began working!

Tiny little cracks began appearing in the paint!

Because I hand cut the stencils they weren't "perfect" which was more the look I wanted .
I wanted the sign to look hand painted.

I sanded the letters randomly to distress them.

I used an awl and hammer to further distress the sign

Next I spattered the sign.

Dip a large stencil brush in water. Next dip your brush in thinned paint. Circle your brush on the palette to work paint up into the bristles. Hold the brush over your piece . Repeatedly flick some of the bristles, pulling them towards you with the palette knife.

Let dry completely!

I then lightly sprayed 

I used a soft clean cloth to rub on some 
for a further "aged look".

I finished my sign by spraying it with a couple coats 

DecoArt provided me with the paints and products for this project as part of their
Helping Artist and Blogger Outreach Programs.
Thank you DecoArt!

I hope you have enjoyed this sign tutorial!

Happy Painting!

Friday, June 10, 2016

It's thyme for Captain Jack to take his seat in the dining room

Aunt Sophie
was a
 18" x 23" primitive portrait
 that I painted.
After I finished painting
  Aunt Sophie
I started the companion portrait 
Captain Jack.

Both designs 
are by 
Cynthia Erekson

You can view the progress photos
Aunt Sophie

The warmer weather brings with it LOTS of thyme spent in the gardens
therefore not as much thyme in my STUDIO

I finished painting Captain Jack several weeks ago
I had just not gotten around to painting the frame for him.
Lets step inside my STUDIO and check the progress.

My desk is cleared so with coffee in hand I can now BLOG about Captain Jack!

My Palette

Gingerbread, Brandywine, olde gold, Milk Chocolate, Mocha, Shading Flesh, Dove Gray, Neutral Gray, Lamp Black , Graphite, Khaki Tan , Burnt Umber, Antique White, Raw Umber, Emperor's Gold, Light Cinnamon

Let's prep the surface!

I cut a 18" x 23" piece of masonite board for my surface. 
I used a sponge brush to smooth on one coat

I let the first coat of GESSO dry completely before sanding lightly.
I then applied a second coat of GESSO.
After the second coat had dried completely I lightly sanded the surface again.

GESSO is a ready mix acrylic primer for many painting surfaces!

The surface is now properly prepped so now it's thyme to PAINT!

I began by painting the panel with two coats of a 1:1 mix 
Gingerbread and Brandywine.

I sanded lightly between each coat.

I then thinned
with some water.

I used a slip slap motion and a 2" bristle brush
quickly cover my surface.

I then used a scrunched up piece of an old cotton shirt
"rag off" the thinned stain.

I pressed lightly into the stain all over my surface
 which left a mottled look 
no visible brush strokes.
Work quickly!

I let my surface dry completely 
proceeding to the next step. 

When the surface was completely dry 
I spattered it
Lamp Black.


 Dip the bristle tips
 of a large stencil brush into water
mix in a dime size puddle of the Lamp Black paint.
Hold the brush over your surface 
pull a few bristles toward you 
with a palette knife
using some pressure.
Occasionally turn the brush in your hand to access fresh paint.
Reload brush when necessary.

I then traced the pattern
transferred the MAIN design onto my surface 
excluding the details

I made some changes to the original design
 Captain Jack.
These changes can be seen in the face and hair.

I began by painting the chair using 2 coats of Olde Gold.
I then shaded using Raw Umber.

The hands and face are base coated using 2 coats of Mocha.
The hair is base coated with Burnt Umber and shaded with Lamp Black.

Close up view of face

Starting to paint the eyes

I have added some shading around the eye sockets and along side the nose.

I have also started to add some highlights to the hair.

I am continuing to add subtle highlights to the face.

I did this with several thin washes of color combined with using a mop brush to soften

I have now painted the shirt, ascot and pin

I have now added the shirt buttons.
I base coated the suit with Graphite.
I use a
 3/4" DecoArt
for most base coats

I shaded the suit by painting several thin washes of Lamp Black paint. 
I used my mop brush to soften as I went along.
I used the
to further deepen and soften 
the shading 
on the suit coat.
I love the dome blenders!

Be patient with your shading and highlighting!
Don't expect to achieve it in one coat!

I have now added the buttons to the suit coat using Emperor's Gold.

I have now started to work on the 
leaf detail 
on the back of the chair.

I used a ultra round brush and a mop brush to shade the leaves. 
I used an ultra mini liner for the fine details.

Investing in good quality brushes, tools and paints makes 
all the difference in the outcome of your finished piece.

I brushed on one coat 
on my completed piece.

Let dry completely!

I then applied a sparse coat 
  Antiquing Medium

The antiquing medium used to "mellow" 
 tint the colors in your painting. 
It is not used as a varnish 
so it is not important that it covers evenly.
I let it dry after the first coat
 then added more unevenly on the 
shirt and the chair to add a "stained look".

Now lets paint the frame

I first sanded then sealed my frame 

I then base coated the frame with 2 coats of Antique Gold

Next I painted

I apply this unevenly, some places heavier than others.

Let dry!

When dry I painted over the crackle medium
Lamp Black

The inside of the frame is painted
Emperor's Gold
Lightly spatter 
Lamp Black.

I then measured to find the center 
each side of the frame.

I then pounced Emperor's Gold 
into the
 flower/stroke work stencil

Captain Jack

provided me with the paints to complete this project as part of their
Helping Artist
Blogger Outreach Programs

Thank you DecoArt!

You can view my DecoArt Profile

And so
Captain Jack
has taken his seat in the dining room next to Aunt Sophie!

I hope you have enjoyed watching me paint these primitive portraits!

Happy Painting!