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Friday, November 1, 2013

Large Chalk Owl

Some time ago, I made an exchange. A cloth doll for an old beat up Owl from the 50ties. It is made out of chalk or some substance like it. 
Even tho he was so pitiful, I loved him at first sight. He is huge! I decided he had potential. He had traveled all over the USA, New York was his last stay. He had been knocked around quite a bit. I fixed the very large hole under his wing, rebuilt his feathers on that same wing. Patched all his bruises and cracks and formed him some new ears

I then sealed him up with that Decoart Americana, Multi- Purpose Sealer and started to give him a new set of clothes and bright eyes. 
And then there was this pitiful little yard dog with his bone that I got from the neighbor’s garage sale, had to have him too. I rebuilt his tail and patched his cracks. He will get the same treatment as the Owl but his bone will be polka dots

I did a coat of Multi-Surface Sealer (Decoart) on the Owl, he looks so shinny now and his eyes got all clear. I then mixed the Sealer and some dark Primer and did the dog. Doesn't he look so sad? He is a dirty grey and black now lol.

 I put all sorts of tints and glazes on him and then painted the front of him Yellow. I just played with lots of color. Yellows, oranges, Burnt Sienna, purple, reds, on his back and wings and lots of White for high lights on his breast feathers.

I covered his breast with a coat of Extender, wiped it down and ladled the Burnt Umber that I had mixed with extender on him. Wiped him down and wiped out the high lights. I decided to then add some black under the feathers, which I also did to the eyes to make them recede.
Wiped that down and then added white to high light.
Here he is all varnished and the little yard dog with his red bone with polka dots

For those who have some statuary lying around and need fixing and painting. I used plummers putty for the fixing up and then I used the Decoart Traditions paint and Mediums. I couldn’t have gotten the effect I got with any other paint as these went on like oils and blended together without any lines etc. I had fun doing this

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Pumpkin Floor Mats

Taking a break from Gourds but not for long lol.
I just finished painting six green pumpkin floor mats and they have been delivered already. The mats are vinyl samples and just perfect for this. I did all my base coats using the Decoart Americana line of bottled acrylics. The pumpkins got a couple coats of any yellow. Then I switched to the Decoart Traditions line to finish the pumpkins. I was aiming for simple and bright. I love that paint, it just does what you want it to do.
You can get the paint here.
You  can visit the Decoart website and watch videos and get information about all their products. If you can't find the paint or products in the store you can order directly from them.
For the leaves, I cut out some shapes in that compressed foam, called miracle sponges and flung it in water to plump up and then did the touch and press leaves. I just put some greens and yellow in a veggie tray and pressed the form all over it and then pressed on the mat. I got several pressings out of one dip as you don’t want them all to be the same.
These sponges are great, I have used them for years, you can get them here.
I did some line work, let them cure overnight and applied three coat of varnish


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Painting Gourds, The Red Gourd

The Red Gourd is finished.

It's the same procedure as the previous Gourd. The only difference is the back leaves underneath and the black pull out out leaves.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Painting Gourds, The Red Gourd

To continue with The Painting Gourd Series, here is the Red Gourd. Supplies used are the DecoAmericana Paint line and the DecoArt Traditons line.

I sketched on some strawberries and some grapes so far and based them in with the DA line of acrylics. I then switched over to the Traditions line.

The grapes are blue, pink, green and purple. These are going to be painted on a bed of black leaves.

Here you see the fruit with a coat of white to make the colors bright.

Here is the first shading and highlight. I think this Gourd will have a lot of tiny flowers added to it, those are fun to do.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Painting Gourds, Third Stage

Stage 3: The Pears and  were coated with extender and then shaded with Red Violet and highlighted with Hansa Yellow Lt. More White added and highlighted a second time. The same for the Cherries and Strawberries. Plums and grapes were shaded with Red Violet and highlighted with Aquamarine and more white.

Leaves: I used two greens. Pine Green and Yellow Green Lt and white. I used my round brush for the leaves. I did some curly cues with the #2 liner brush and stippled some fru fru here and there (load the brush with some green, dip in white and stipple here and there).

I dried the Gourd with the hair dryer and put a coat of glazing medium all over it (dilute the medium with a little water.) When dry, I will added some final highlights and tints here and there. Remember, each highlight gets smaller and smaller, leaving the previous highlights showing.
This is the results of all the above.

The fruit is nice and bright. The last stage is the antiquing. First I sealed the Gourd with the Multi Surface Sealer and let that dry overnight. Next, I mixed some Burnt Umber, added just a little Red Violet and black. The color should be mainly a reddish brown. .
I coated the Gourd with Extender, wiped it down with a cotton cloth and brushed the antiquing color all over the top, then it was wiped down, making sure to change the cloth around to a clean spot. Then the highlights were wiped out. On the bottom of the Gourd, I antiqued it in sections. Below you can see how the fruit has a mellow look now.

I will let that cure for a couple of days and maybe dry with the hair dryer and then give it a couple coats of varnish.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Painting Gourd, Second Stage


Second stage: I added some glazing medium to Sapphire Blue and a little water and pulled a wash over the plums and grapes. When this was dry, I pulled some extender over them and highlighted the plums and grapes with aquamarine+white and shaded with Burgundy. The shading and highlighting is not side loaded but instead is patted on and blended with the #6 filbert brush. I used my finger to pat here and there and it’s amazing how well the paint behaves, just like oils.

The Strawberries and cherries use the same technique. Highlight with Vermillion and then Hansa Yellow Light and shade with Burgundy.

I did the all the above at least twice. I will now add the leaves and some fru,fru, Glaze the whole Gourd, dry and add the final highlights and tints.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Painting Gourds Continued

Painting Gourds continued. Ok here is what I did so far. First I drew a shape following line around the bowl, with lines branching off the main line. These lines are actually the branches for the fruits and leaves.


I then sketched some shapes of pears, grapes, plums, strawberries and cherries with a chalk pencil on the gourd. I am just filling it up to get back in shape with my painting.


I base-coated the shapes in Yellow Oxide for the pears, Napthal Red Light for the Cherries, Strawberries, and a mix of Dioxazine Purple and Light Violet (medium color) for the grapes and plums

Use the darker violet, the pic shows a lighter color on the Gourd,  but I have since gone over it with the darker violet.

I gave the fruit three coats. I will add the leaves and fru-fru when I finish the fruit.

Since I don’t’ know what colors I will be using in advance. I just pick it at the time when I need it, so just watch as I paint the Gourd and then you can get what you need. Cherries are just circles, Strawberries are like a heart shape with the point round off, plums are ovals and pears are a small and large circle with a connecting curve. I also have a couple lumpy pears lol
Remember it will ugly before it gets pretty lol.

To be continued