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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.