Monday, March 6, 2017

Thyme to tell you that CREATIVE Minds are Seldom Tidy

Today I wanted to show you my latest project 
Creative Minds Are Seldom TIDY
Design by Judy Westegaard-Jenkins CDA

Lets step inside my STUDIO and get started!

My Palette

Aquamarine, Burgundy, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Carbon Black, Dioxazine Purple, Hansa Yellow, Medium Beige, Medium Red Rose, Prussian Blue Hue, Raw Sienna, Sapphire Blue, Teal Green, Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Green Light,Yellow Oxide

Carbon, Vintage, Legacy

I began by sanding all the pieces lightly.
I glued the bottom two pieces together.

I sealed all my pieces 

Once the sealer had dried I sanded again lightly and wiped the dust with a soft cloth.

I based the knobs using Sapphire Blue and the insert Carbon
I based the remaining pieces with Legacy .
I let these pieces dry for two hours.

Next I applied a coat of Vintage to all the Legacy-painted pieces.
I allowed all pieces to dry for two hours.

I distressed all pieces except the Carbon Black insert by sanding with a fine grit sand paper.
I sanded lightly in areas to reveal the underneath color.
I assembled my tissue box and glued it together. 
I used a large rubber band as seen in the above picture until the glue had set.

The background technique is called roughing.

I rouged the background by spritzing each panel with water. I used small amounts of paint + water (1:1) to rouge the colors in transparently.

Aquamarine + Burnt Umber (3:1), Dioxazine Purple, Medium Red Rose, Sapphire Blue, Teal Green, and Yellow Green Light + Hansa Yellow + Burnt Umber (1:1:touch). I worked small areas at a time allowing the colors to run into each area. 

I mopped with my Duster Stippler Brush

I allowed my piece to dry really well before proceeding to the next step.

I used a medium size stencil brush and my palette knife to spatter my tissue box with Titanium White and Sapphire Blue. 
*** To spatter easily first dip your stencil brush in water, then lightly tap on paper towel to remove excess water, pour a nickel size portion of paint on your palette, circle your stencil brush on palette to pick up some paint. Spatter by pulling the bristles of your stencil brush towards you using your palette knife. I always do a "practice spatter" on a piece of old paper first to see how heavy or light my spatter is and adjust accordingly. ***

Let the spattered paint dry well before proceeding to the next step!

I made the paint drips by once again spritzing the sides of my box. Do this one side at a time! I used a #3 Round brush to put drips of thinned paint + water at the tops of the sides. I coaxed the drips down the sides letting them end randomly.

I used a General Chalk White Pencil to fill in the letters on the insert panel.

I clean up any smudges or smears from the calk pencil with a Point Blend Brush dipped in water.

I am now starting to paint the watercolor tray on one of the sides.

I'm adding the paint colors to the pans on the watercolor tray.

I'm adding the "spilled paint" to the tray. 
I did this by first coating the tray with Extender then I added small amounts of colors thinned with water.

The front and one side are done!

Another close up of the water color tray side.

I am now starting to paint the palette on the back side.

View of watercolor tray and palette

I am now starting to work on the paint bottle.

I am starting to add some shading and high lights to the paint bottle.

I'm adding the label and dripping paint to the bottle.

Of course can see that I'm NEVER TIDY when I paint!

I'm working on the palette knife now.

Close up of the paint bottle and palette knife.

The chalk pencil is used to also strengthen some of the highlights 
in addition to the lettering on the insert.

You MUST use a spray fixative to set the chalk pencil BEFORE you varnish to avoid smearing!

Give each side a couple light coats of spray fixative.....let dry completely between coats and before you start to varnish!

Now lets varnish!

I brushed on two coats of Americana Dura Clear Matte Varnish to my finished piece.

Paint bottle and palette knife

Palette and brush

I glued a "used brush" to the cover

Watercolor tray.

My finished project!

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

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

I hope you have enjoyed watching me paint my Creative Minds Tissue Box!

Happy Painting!



Keep those brushes flying!
Lynn Barbadora @ Painting Thyme Needfuls

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