Monday, December 4, 2017

It's Christmas TIME

so that means late nights in the 

Lets step in out of the cold to see what I have been painting!

I am painting a project 


Lynne Andrews

I used
  Sheila Landry's
 Large Time Piece Wood Kit
 for this project.

You can purchase the kit

My Palette

Antique Gold, Antique White, Burnt Umber, Buttermilk, Cool White, Country Red, Flesh tone, Lamp Black, Plantation Pine, Rookwood Red

Lets paint!

I had to enlarge my design and adjust it a bit to fit my surface.

Main elements of design transferred to surface.

The surface was base coated with 2 coats of Antique White.

I washed the border around the design with Antique Gold.

Santa's face is washed with Fleshtone.
I mopped the area to blend and dry.
I then
Burnt Umber up along the outside of nose
  up and over to form the eye area.

I use a variety of Lowell Cornell Ultra Round brushes for the "washes".

I use "duster stippler's " for mopping.

I added a touch of Lamp Black to imply each eye.
Next I added a dot using Cool White to the eyes.
I used Burnt Umber to float around his mustache.

I dragged some of the Burnt Umber float down onto Santa's beard.
I mop often to soften the floats.
I added a wash of Country Red to the cheeks.

I did a wash of Rookwood Red on the hat and shoulders.

I use a "Maxine Mop" and my Ultra Rounds for smaller areas.

After the Rookwood Red wash was dry I added a wash of Country Red over it.

I used a #6 scumbler to heavily stipple Buttermilk to the fur areas and pompom.
The stipple should extend slightly over the edges to appear "fuzzy".

I used a #2 Ultra Round to add some tiny white fur lines with Cool White.

I washed some Antique Gold here and there on the fur to add warmth.
I floated around the pompom and other areas with that need to stand out with Burnt Umber.

I love painting beards!

I use a Silver Micron Mini Brush.

I have a variety of Micron Mini brushes for fine detail work.

Working on the beard.

Close up of the beard. 
I also used my detail brush to pull some tiny fur hairs out on to the jacket.

I am now working on Santa's mustache.

Once the beard was completed I transferred the holly vine.

Painting the holly vine and berries.

Such a handsome jolly fellow!

The background is striped first with a double row of Plantation Pine.
I then added a single Rookwood stripe between the green stripes.

The "insert" piece is done for now.

I transferred the Roman Numerals to the outer edge and painted them Lamp Black.

Roman Numerals completed.

I will now add some antiquing to the outer edge for a vintage look.

I loaded my Stain It Brush with Burnt Umber
I wiped it on my paper towel until it was very dry.
I randomly brushed around the inner and outer edges of the surface.
You should not see "wet paint".
Be sure your brush is "DRY".

Moon Brushes are also good for dry brushing.

Inner and outer surfaces are antiqued.

I used a large stencil brush with my palette knife to spatter the outer ring with Lamp Black.

Inner surface and middle outer ring complete.

There is one more ring to complete!

I base coated this ring with Rookwood Red leaving a band of Buttermilk.

I added checks all around the inside of the ring with Lamp Black.

I used my Moon Brush to dry brush the outer area of the checks with Lamp Black.

I varnished all pieces with several coats of 

I used wood glue to carefully glue each section together.

I used a pocket watch chain to attach the fob.

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

Thank you DecoArt!

I hope you have enjoyed watching me paint


Happy Painting!


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thyme for a Colonial Christmas Claus

 I wanted to show you a project
Colonial Christmas Claus
 Cynthia Erekson

I love this piece. 
It makes a wonderful FALL decoration 
especially for the 
Thanksgiving Holiday

Lets step inside the STUDIO and get started!

My Palette

Wedgewood Blue, Bleached Sand, Lamp Black, Autumn Red, Avocado Dip, Traditional Burnt Sienna, Mustard Seed, Antique White, Dusty Rose, Graphite, Hauser Medium Green, Milk Chocolate, Canyon Orange, Sand, Shading Flesh, True Ochre, Foliage Green, Yellow Light, Tangerine

Ice Crystal, Tiger Orange

Let's Paint!

I began by first sanding my surface and removing the dust with a damp cloth.

 Often with a large surface such as this
 I combine
 Multi Purpose Sealer (1) : (1) with my base coat color
which is
  Wedgewood Blue

I combined 
  Wedgewood Blue and Multi Purpose Sealer
on my palette 
with a 
palette knife.

I applied with a  American Decor Flat Brush

Once my base coat was dry I transferred the main elements of the design to my surface.

I base coated the face with Dusty Rose

I shaded the face with a mix of Dusty Rose plus Shading Flesh.

Working on the eyes.

I added the color on the cheeks by floating with Autumn Red mixed with a touch of Dusty Rose
I base coated the beard with Antique White.

I loaded a stencil brush with Sand.
I tapped the brush over the beard for texture.

I keep my line drawings and color photos handy for reference.

I left the Antique White edges on the beard.

I am now working on the hat.

When complete this Santa measures 11" x 26" with the base.

 I used Graphite to shade the inner edges of the arms.
The urn is base coated with Bleached Sand.
The mittens are base coated with True Ochre.

I have transferred the detail lines to the urn.

Shading the urn with Graphite.

I use Lowell Cornell Ultra Round brushes 
adding multiple washes of color and then shading.

Depending on the size of the area I am working on I either
 use a 
Duster Stippler or Maxine Mop to blend my floats.

I'm dry brushing in the highlights on the mittens and urn
using a
  Stain - It brush
which is shaped like a filbert brush.

I also use Moon Brushes for dry brushing.

I "aged" random areas of the urn by dabbing on washes of True Ochre plus Milk Chocolate.

Close -up.

I used a small stencil brush to pounce Ice Crystal onto the lightest areas of the urn.

I darkened the shading to define the inner arms 
so that it will show up once 
I add the oranges and holly leaves.

I dry brushed highlights on the mittens using Mustard Seed then Yellow Light.

I re- defined any missing holly leaves and oranges with my graphite paper.

I base coated the holly leaves with Hauser Medium Green.

I used Foliage Green, then Avocado Dip to highlight the holly leaves.

I brightened some holly tips with Yellow Light.

I painted the entire "pile" of oranges first with Traditional Burnt Sienna.
I let that dry well.

I painted the foreground oranges with Canyon Orange.
I feathered out the color as I neared the edge of the urn.

I left some of the Traditional Burnt Sienna to appear as shading between the oranges.

I added highlights to the background oranges using Canyon Orange.
I added additional highlights of Tangerine to all the oranges.

I then added a bit of Yellow Light highlights to the foreground fruit.

I pressed masking tape along the outer edges of the robe.
I painted the robe Lamp Black.
The trim is painted with Traditional Burnt Sienna.

Working on the beard and mustache.

I use Silver Micron Mini brushes for detail work.

I am now adding the leaf veins using Lamp Black.
The sticks are Milk Chocolate.

I added the cloves on the oranges with my stylus and Milk Chocolate.

I added the Autumn Red berries with a brush handle.

Almost done!

Now to finish detail at the bottom of the robe.

Buttons and cross hatching added to the robe.

I used a sponge brush to pounce paint on the wood oranges.

I applied the paint heavily to add texture. 
Let dry well between each coat.

I painted the wood oranges the same way the ones were painted on the Santa surface.

I continued to mix colors and pounce on layers of paint.
I let the oranges dry well before additional coats of paint.

I added final highlights of color with Tiger Orange.

Once everything was dry I applied several coats
to the Santa

I sprayed the wood oranges 

Close-up of Santa's face.

Rosemary Reynolds and DecoArt
provided the paints to complete this project as part of their 
Helping Artist and Blogger Out Reach Programs

Thank you DecoArt!

I hope your have enjoyed watching me paint

Colonial Christmas Claus

Happy Painting!