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








6 comments:

  1. I am grinning...it doesn't bother me to see the seasons changing...I love seasons!

    I love the zipper! Thanks, chickie, for sharing! ♡

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I love the zipper too! Fall is my favorite time of the year until ... The leaves are gone! ❤️

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  3. Thanks for sharing Ms. Lynn! I love the zipper too! I love Fall, it's my favorite time of year until the last leaf falls! ❤️

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  4. LOVE him!!! Could you please share about using the blue shop towels for varnish..does that give a smoother coat?

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Lynn Barbadora @ Painting Thyme Needfuls

"Life is a great BIG canvas and you should throw all the paint you can on it!"
~ Danny Kaye