Wednesday, September 21, 2016

It's thyme to Grin and Bear It!


It's really hard to believe that 
SUMMER
 is coming to an end!

The weather has been perfect
 here on 
Cape Cod


I've done lots of bike riding



kayaking


and
boating




But now
 it's thyme to step inside
 my STUDIO 
to see what I have been painting!


Today I wanted to show you a design
 by 
Cynthia Erekson 
that I have been working on
 called
 Grin and Bear It


My Palette

Lamp Black, Burnt Umber, Burnt Orange, Milk Chocolate, Spiced Pumpkin, Tangerine, Avocado, Camel, Antique Gold, Buttermilk, Persimmon



LETS PAINT!


I began my project by first sanding my surface
 and 
wiping off the dust



I then base coated the surface 
with
Lamp Black

After it was dry I added a second coat
 of 
Lamp Black 
to the paddle front 
using a "press and lift" motion
 with a 2" sponge brush



Repeatedly press the brush down and lift it straight up
This will create a bumpy , bubbly textured surface
You can "pat" the brush lightly over any areas that are too raised



I base coated the flag 
with
Antique Gold
The dowel 
is 
Milk Chocolate

I then measured up 2 3/4" and drew a line
I placed masking tape along this line


Next I traced the pattern 
and
 then transferred the 3 pumpkin sections
 and 
stem to my surface

I painted the 2 outer sections Burnt Orange
and
the center section Persimmon
I added shading to these sections


I then place a herringbone stencil 
over the 
left section
with the design in a vertical position

I used a stencil brush loaded
 with 
Spiced Pumpkin 
to unevenly pounce the design over the area


I then lifted the stencil 
and
 moved to the right section



I turned my stencil
 to a 
horizontal position 
to
 stencil this section


I used a honeycomb stencil for the middle section
I loaded my brush 
with 
Tangerine


I stenciled the center section
in the same manner as I did the outer sections



I used a 
loaded with
Persimmon 
to lightly 
"dry brush" 
unevenly over the stenciled areas


This causes the stenciled areas
to 
"disappear" somewhat
and
blend more with their background colors


I shaded between the pumpkin sections,
 below the stem and around edges with Burnt Sienna


I removed the tape and remeasured  5/16" down from the pumpkin
I taped this area off and pounced Avocado in that space

I used
  Silver Brush Ultra Mini Lettering brushes 
to paint the words
GRIN AND BEAR IT



Next I painted in the teeth





I painted a coat of Star Lite Varnish over the teeth


I applied 1 coat of Dura Clear Matte Varnish



I then spattered my surface
 with thinned
  Lamp Black 
paint

To do this I loaded a large stencil brush 
with my thinned paint

I then hold the brush over surface
 and
 repeatedly flick the bristles of the stencil brush 
using my palette knife, pulling towards me

I let this dry completely!


I then apply several additional coats of Dura Gloss Matte varnish

You can either use a brush 
or
 I like to use "blue shop towels" for the additional varnish coats


Next I took the zipper , opened it and spread Tacky Glue all around the edges


I then positioned the zipper over the mouth and pressed it in place

He is SPOOKtacular!



I then used brown and orange bakers twine
to wrap 
around the handle




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



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



Are you ready to see my completed project???






SUMMER
is
 GONE

so

GRIN AND BEAR IT!


I hope you have enjoyed watching me paint this project!

Happy Painting !

Lynn








Wednesday, September 7, 2016

It's thyme to work the Graveyard Shift


With 
FALL 
fast approaching 
I have started some
 seasonal decorating 
both 
inside and out



I love painting FALL projects!

I have been spending many happy hours
 in the 
STUDIO 
painting
You might say I've been working
 the 
Graveyard Shift

Step inside
 my
Studio
to see
 what I have been working on!



The project I am going to show you today is 
called
Graveyard Shift

Design 
by
Cynthia Erekson


My Palette


Lamp Black, Graphite, Milk Chocolate, Plantation Pine, Avocado, Citron Green, Buttermilk, True Ochre, Yellow Light, Burnt Orange, Tangelo Orange, Tangerine, Antique White, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Camel, Cadmium Yellow, Honey Brown, Cool White


I started this project by first working on the
frame

It took MANY layers to achieve
 the 
worn look


I began by base coating the entire piece 
front back and edges 
using 
Lamp Black
Let dry!


I then added a 
second textured coat
of 
Lamp Black
 to the 
inner and outer frame
To do this
  heavily load
the
  flat side 
of a 2" sponge brush 
with
Lamp Black

Repeatedly press the brush 
straight down on the surface
 and
 lift the brush straight up

Load your brush often!

When complete pat your wet surface lightly
 with the flat side of the dirty brush
 to flatten any texture that is too course.
Let dry!


Next on my palette I mixed
  Burnt Orange 
and 
1:1 using a palette knife





I "buttered" the inner frame with this mix
working on a small area at a time

Let dry completely!


After I was sure
 the
textured area
had dried completely
 I painted over 
the 
orange textured area 
with
 thinned Lamp Black paint


Thinned Lamp Black paint


Close -up 
of
thinned Lamp Black paint
over the 
Burnt Orange textured surface


I let this dry!


I used a Stain-It brush 
to 
"dry brush"
a few random patches 
of 
Burnt Orange
over the
Lamp Black







I love the look!


I used an awl and rasp to create scratches, holes and dents in the outer frame.


I used the Stain-It brush 
to "dry brush" 
Honey Brown 
onto the outer edges 
of 
the frame


I then added 
Cadmium Yellow
to the dirty brush 
and
 brightened the centers 
of 
each side of the frame



Cynthia Erekson 
included in the pattern packet a copy of 2 old receipts

One was
 a 
GRAVESTONE receipt 
and the other was
 an old journal entry 
titled
"Anatomy of the Human Bone"

How
SPOOKtacular 
is that?




I trimmed the journal entry and old receipt to fit the inner frame




I used a 1" wash brush 
to quickly spread a layer
 of 

inside the frame opening



I did one side at a time working quickly
and
 using an old credit card as a "squeegee'' 
to smooth and remove any bubbles


I then "painted" several coats
 of 
 over the paper using a 1" wash brush

It will appear white and opaque but it will dry clear


Let dry completely between each coat. 


Trace pattern and transfer the horizon line


I used the chisel edge 
of 
my moon brush
loaded with 
Milk Chocolate 
to establish the 
horizon line.
I kept my brush in a horizontal position to do this.

I then laid the brush in a vertical position to streak on the ground color.


I used my Ultra Rounds in various sizes
 and
 my 
to paint
 most of the figures.

I have painted the witch.


I have now started to paint the pumpkins and tree trunks


I'm painting the remaining pumpkins and tree trunks



I have now painted
 the 
squash/pumpkin man
the 
cobweb , spider, hanging candy corn 
and
  flag




I have now painted 
the
  pirate/pumpkin man 


I love the colors in this project!



I have now painted
 the 
saltbox house 
and
 some of
 the 
gravestones.


I am now adding some shading , highlighting and details



I have now added the foliage to the trees



Lots of tiny details to add!


I'm now ready 
to 
varnish!




I used several coats of 
for my project


I apply my first coat of varnish 
with a brush 
and 
the remaining coats with a sponge

I also cut the sponges into wedges to do the tree foliage



After the first brushed coat of varnish was dry
 I spattered my project with thinned Lamp Black paint.

SPATTER

*To easily spatter dip a large stencil brush in water.  Pour a dime size circle of Lamp Black paint on your palette. Circle your DAMP stencil brush in the paint. Use a palette knife to gently flick the bristles of your brush....pulling them towards you. Because you have already coated your project with ONE coat of varnish you can easily remove with a q-tip any "spatters" that you don't like.

This method gives you good control of your spattering!


I have added several more coats 
of




My completed project!

The Graveyard Shift




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

Helping Artist
and
Blogger Outreach Programs

Thank you DecoArt!!!






I hope that you have enjoyed watching me paint this project!











Happy Painting!

Lynn