There should be no ridges on both the wood and the paper.
Work carefully so as not to rip the paper when it is wet.
Quickly position the paper on the wood .
Smooth from the center out to the edges.
Let dry overnight!
When dry trim any excess paper.
Using a circular motion
lightly sand the paper
at the top and bottom rounded corners
to soften the papers edges and make them blend with the wood.
I then applied a smooth coat of Decou-Page onto the paper,
extending this coat out beyond the papers edges to completely secure it to the wood.
Let dry completely!
I find over night works best!
Measure and tape 1/4" borders along the edges of the paper.
I used a small stencil brush
to pounce a solid border along
the top and bottom
of the scene
* Make sure you use a "low tack" tape so as not to tear your paper!
Transfer the main design on to the paddle.
Add details as needed.
I use Silver Micron Mini brushes for detail painting.
It took several coats of thinned paint to achieve opaque coverage on the decoupaged area.
Once the lettering was complete I used Raw Sienna to highlight the left sides of each letter.
I lined the vines and based the leaves using Hauser Medium Green plus Antique Green.
I darkened the bases and some part of each leaf using a wash of Black Green.
I randomly added washes of True Ochre and Burnt Sienna to the tips and centers of some leaves.
The ground area is done by adding soft "dry" paint
to the textured board
Stain - It brush.
I loaded my brush with Camel, then wiped off excess paint.
I used the chisel edge to first establish the hilltop.
Slide the brush side to side ,
then gently pull some of the color
lightly down the hill depositing soft color.
Once the hill was established
I turned the brush so the bristles were now vertical
wiped the dry brush across the ground.
I continued to layer different values of color.
Remember your brush should be DRY you should not see paint moving on your surface!
The paint on the brush should be so dry
that it is being deposited "on top" of the textured surface
you created with the base coat.
Working on the buildings.
Starting to paint the Pilgrim.
Adding detail to the Pilgrim.
I mostly use Lowell Cornell Ultra Rounds for painting and shading.
I always have a mop brush in hand to soften the shaded areas.
Adding the CROW and the weeds.
Adding the fence.
Continuing with the line work and small details.
I use a Texture-It Brush for the foliage.
Close up of the tree foliage.
I used a large stencil brush and a palette knife to spatter my piece.
I covered the pilgrims face and spattered first with Burnt Umber.
When dry I spattered again with Lamp Black.
*** To spatter easily, load the stencil brush with thinned paint. Hold the brush over the piece, with the bristles raised up, and repeatedly flick the bristles using the palette knife. Pull the knife towards you, across just some of the bristles closest to you. ***
After the spattered areas were dry I used my stylus to add the bittersweet berries.
Adding the highlights to the bittersweet berries
I added the remaining dots to the buttons, tress, berries on the weeds etc.
I used my Stain-It Brush loaded with Lamp Black to shade around the edges of the paddle.