Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Thyme to show you Fisher of Men

Today I wanted to show you a project 
Fisher of Men

This project can be found in 
Lynne Andrews 
new book

The whale plaque measures 22 1/2" long X 7 1/2" wide

My Palette

Antique Gold, Antique Green, Antique White, Blue Mist, Burnt Umber, Buttermilk, Cool White, deep Midnight Blue, French Grey Blue, Grey Storm, Lamp Black, Plantation Pine, Rockwood Red, Slate Grey, Spiced Pumpkin, Yellow Ochre


I began by lightly sanding the whale.
Next I applied 
I began by base coating with the first coat of Lamp Black. Let dry.
I sanded again and then base coated with a second coat of Lamp Black.

Next I transferred the OVAL shape only on to the whale.

I used Lynne Andrews new Floaters to paint this project.
I really loved painting with them!

I mop between washes with a Jack Richeson Sash Brush ( Pictured above)

I used a #14 floater to wash the OVAL with Antique White.
Next I transferred the design to the oval.

I began at the top and used a #8 floater to wash in the sky with Deep Midnight Blue.
I used the sash brush to blend and soften between washes. 

I then dried and repeated wash.
I washed the ocean in French Grey Blue.
The grassy areas are washed in Plantation Pine with a #4 floater.
When dry I did a wash of Antique Green on the top of the grass.
Always use mop to soften and blend.

I dry brushed the clouds in with a #6 stippler in Cool White.
When dry I did a wash of Cool White over the clouds. I mopped and blended well.
I then started to work on the buildings.

The buildings are named left to right
Fresh Fish, Dining and Tavern.

The chimney rocks are a mix of Black, Cool White, Burnt Umber and Slate Grey.

The ship is washed in Burnt Umber.
I mopped to blend and soften wash.

I added additional washes of Burnt Umber to the ship to get desired depth of color.
The floats on top of ship are Lamp Black. I used Cool White to highlight.

Next I painted the sails on the ship.
The sails were first washed with Buttermilk then mopped.
Dry completely.

Once the sails were dry I did a wash of Cool White.
I mopped to soften and blend.
I shaded the folds on the sails with Burnt Umber.
I floated around the masts with a combination of Burnt Umber and Lamp Black.

I painted in the mast posts with Lamp Black.

Close up view.

I transferred the posts behind the buildings lightly.

I used a Rotring Tech Pen 0.1 for all the line work.

Close up showing posts behind buildings added.

I added  shading and highlighting to all the buildings.
I  added the shingles to the house and roof with the Rotring Pen.

I am now painting the signs on each of the buildings.

I sprayed Krylon Workable Fixative on my piece so that the pen would not smear.

I transferred the remaining outside design to the surface using white transfer paper.
All elements on the black background with the exception of the banner got a Buttermilk wash.
The banner was washed with Antique White. I used the mop to soften and blend.

I am working on the pelican.

Continuing to work on the back ground design.

I have added the rope, anchor and sea gull.

Close up of left side.

I used a ruler and the Roetring Pen to add the rigging to the posts behind buildings.

I transferred the lettering to the banner.

Working on the lettering.

I have now added the rigging on the ship.

I again sprayed any areas where I used the pen with Krylon Fixative to prevent smudges.

I have painted the pelican on the right side and added the lettering.

Almost done!

Close up view of right side.

Close up view of left side.

I applied several coats of DecoArt Matte Sealer to my piece when completed.

I attached (2) 1/2" screw eyes to the top of the piece and added a 16" piece of roping to hang.

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

Thank you DecoArt!

" And Jesus walking by the sea of Galilee saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net for they were fishermen. "Come follow me and I will make you fishers of me."  Mathew 4: 18-20

I hope you have enjoyed watching me paint
Fisher of Men

Happy Painting!


Monday, February 18, 2019

Thyme to show you a Warm and Wooly Mitten Box

Today I wanted to show you a project 
Warm and Wooly Mitten Box
Design by Cynthia Erekson

We have not had much snow this winter on Cape Cod
we did get a few inches of the "white stuff" last night. 
So I guess I completed this project just in time to store my mittens and keep them handy.

This design can be found in the February 2011 Issue of Paint Works

This box measures about 15 1/2" X 6 1/2" X 7"

Lets step inside my STUDIO and get started

My Palette

Antique Maroon, Antique Teal, Antique White, Autumn Red, Black Green, Brandy Wine, Buttermilk, Calico Red, Colonial Green, Dark Chocolate, Honey Brown, Lamp Black, Light Buttermilk, Milk Chocolate, Warm White
Lets Paint!

I began by applying Multi Purpose Sealer to all outside surfaces of the box.

I used a large American Decor Brush to apply sealer.
I let the sealer dry then lightly sanded my surface. 
Wipe any dust.

I base coated the outside of the box with 2 coats of Autumn Red.
I base coated the bottom of the box with Lamp Black.
The knob is first base coated with Antique Teal and then Lamp Black.
On the top of the box I measured and drew a line 1 1/2" from all edges to create a wide border.

I randomly dry brushed Calico Red onto the top border and sides of the box.
This brighter color adds more depth to the wood graining that we will be doing.

I painted a coat of Antique Teal over the Autumn Red 
center rectangle on the box cover and lid sides.

Wood Graining Glaze
Mix a glaze with a quarter size puddle of Black Green, 3 drops of Lamp Black, 6 quarter size puddles of Glaze Medium, 1 drop of Black Green and 3 good squirts of Extender.

Press the glaze on with the broad flat side of a sponge brush.

The glaze should just cover the base coat and look slightly bubbly.
I worked quickly with my palette knife held in a vertical position
I used a press and lift motion repeatedly in the glaze all along sides of box lid. 

Lid Center Rectangle
I used the sponge brush to press glaze onto the center rectangle of the lid.
I then pulled my graining tool quickly thru the glaze.
I wiped my tool on a paper towel and once again pulled the tool thru the glaze. 

Lid Outer Border
I pressed the glaze onto the entire outer border.
I again used my palette knife in a press and lift motion all along the outside border.
I moved quickly around the lid and angled the knife at the corners.

Let dry completely before proceeding!

Close up of the cover grain work.

The sides of the box are wood grained as well in much the same manner.

I measured and taped off a 1/2" border around the top of the box.
I used a small stencil brush to "dry brush" on the boarder with Lamp Black.

I measured and applied a 1/2" wide Lamp Black border 
around the lid top as well as the top and bottom edges of the box.

Side view.

I also measured and taped off the 1/8" border on lid rectangle. 
I again used a small stencil brush to dry brush this border with Honey Brown.

I painted the inside of the box Lamp Black.

I used a small stencil brush  to dry brush Lamp Black along the edges of the box lid.

I used an awl to punch random sections of the box creating groupings of wormholes.

I also used a rasp to remove some paint from the corners and edges of the box to distress them.

In order to mellow the color of the box some 
I mixed Honey Brown with some Staining Antiquing Medium.

I brushed the "antique mixture" on to the box to tone the color down.

I transferred the oval design to the box and base coated it with Honey Brown.
Once that area had dried I used a horizontal motion and lightly sanded the area.

Next I painted the sheep.

I used a small detail brush to line the branches, leaves and other tiny details.

I added the lettering 
 the date
to the side of the box lid.

"These sweet and peaceful sheep were inspired by a piece of Early American chalk ware. These 18th and 19th century figurines were molded from plaster of Paris and painted in a primitive style. It is thought that the designs were taken from decorative Staffordshire figures and other forms of pottery  popular at the time. " 
~ Cynthia Erekson

I covered the oval area and lightly spattered the box with Lamp Black

Pour a quarter size puddle of paint on your palette. 
Dip your stencil brush in H20 and dab on paper towel. 
Swirl your brush in the paint and use a palette knife to flick the bristles, pulling them toward you with your palette knife.

I used a lettering brush to do the checks around the oval center in Black Green.
For easy spacing, place one check at each end, one at top center and one at bottom center.
Place another check halfway between each of these checks. Continue to divide the available space in each section in 1/2 . The checks fit perfectly!

I applied several coats of Dura Clear Varnish to complete my project.

Rosemary Reynolds and DecoArt
provided me with the paints
products to complete this project as part of their 

Helping Artist
Blogger Outreach Programs

Thank you DecoArt!

I hope you have enjoyed watching me paint my
Warm and Wooly Mitten Box

Happy Painting!


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