I attached (2) 1/2" screw eyes to the top of the piece and added a 16" piece of roping to hang.
Rosemary Reynolds and DecoArt
provided me with the paints to complete this project as part of their
Helping Artist and Blogger Outreach Programs
Thank you DecoArt!
" And Jesus walking by the sea of Galilee saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net for they were fishermen. "Come follow me and I will make you fishers of me." Mathew 4: 18-20
I brushed the "antique mixture" on to the box to tone the color down.
I transferred the oval design to the box and base coated it with Honey Brown.
Once that area had dried I used a horizontal motion and lightly sanded the area.
Next I painted the sheep.
I used a small detail brush to line the branches, leaves and other tiny details.
I added the lettering
WARM AND WOOLY MITTENS
to the side of the box lid.
"These sweet and peaceful sheep were inspired by a piece of Early American chalk ware. These 18th and 19th century figurines were molded from plaster of Paris and painted in a primitive style. It is thought that the designs were taken from decorative Staffordshire figures and other forms of pottery popular at the time. "
~ Cynthia Erekson
I covered the oval area and lightly spattered the box with Lamp Black
Pour a quarter size puddle of paint on your palette.
Dip your stencil brush in H20 and dab on paper towel.
Swirl your brush in the paint and use a palette knife to flick the bristles, pulling them toward you with your palette knife.
I used a lettering brush to do the checks around the oval center in Black Green.
For easy spacing, place one check at each end, one at top center and one at bottom center.
Place another check halfway between each of these checks. Continue to divide the available space in each section in 1/2 . The checks fit perfectly!
I applied several coats of Dura Clear Varnish to complete my project.
Rosemary Reynolds and DecoArt
provided me with the paints
products to complete this project as part of their
Country Red, Deep Burgundy, Foliage Green, Hauser Medium Green, Lamp Black Plantation Pine, Tangelo Orange, Warm White, Zinc, Blue harbor, Bright Salmon, Evergreen, Indian Turquoise, Raw Sienna, Snow White, Soft Black Spiced Pumpkin.
I decided on the Holly Snow Lady as my first project.
I did it Shara's Way & Jane's Way! You will need some 100mm plastic disk ornaments. These measure about 4" wide.
I began by first removing the top of the ornaments. I then poured Snow White paint into the ornament. I swirled the paint around until the inside of the ornament was covered. I then tipped the ornaments over to let the excess paint flow out. I used cups to hold each ornament.
I let my ornaments dry this way overnight.
It's now time to play with some QuickWood!
Some basics to remember when working with QuickWood
QuickWood is a 2 part resin. When mixed together you have about 20 minutes of open time before it begins to cure. It will full cure in 24 hours.
Only cut off as much as you need at a time.
Make sure it is thoroughly mixed together ( no swirls of color) or it will not cure.
Do not wear jewelry , especially rings when working with QW.
Apply Silicone Glove before starting and as needed when working with QW. It helps keep it from sticking to your hands!
Use DecoArt Extender to blend QW being careful not to use too much or it will make your QW gummy.
To help with the sculpting process the pattern includes a link to 7 brief videos.
You can watch a video , do the step and then move on to the next step.
This was very useful if you are new to sculpting with QW!
I began with sculpting my Holly Snow Lady Shara's Way first.
There is a little learning curve with playing with QW.....but it is fun and relaxing!
I followed Jane Allen's quick tutorials for each step which makes this project easy peasy!
I then made some Holly Snow Ladies Jane'sWay!
It was fun seeing my Holly Snow Ladies come to life with paint!
Aren't they adorable? I know you want to try some!
The feeling you're being watched!
After I had all my ornaments painted I added some BLING.
I prepared my surface using a sponge brush to apply 2 coats of Soft Black.
I used a "press and lift " motion with the sponge brush to coat the entire surface.
This will give your surface a slight texture.
Once you have applied 2 coats of paint you can go back with your sponge brush and
"refine" any areas that may have too much texture.
This would include such areas as the face or any other area with fine details.
originally painted this design on a
Brides Oval Carry All Bentwood Box.
This design lends itself to so many surfaces the possibilities are endless!
You could easily paint each of The Pilgrims as separate portraits......which I had been thinking about!
(Until this surface came along!)
I used a
Scharff Stain- It Brush
to dry brush
over the entire surface.
I also like to use the Scharff Moon Brushes for dry brushing as well.
It just depends on the area I am covering which brush I choose.
I enlarged the design to fit my surface.
The pattern is transferred to the surface using a white graphite paper.
I began with the initial base coat using Light Buttermilk.
Because my surface was so large I had to fill in some area's with "extra's.
This is your chance to make your piece "unique" and add some of your own touches!
I paint and shade mostly using Ultra Round Brushes.
Their pointed tip make them perfect for getting in the smallest of spots.
I prefer to apply my color values using a series of washes until I reach the desired depth of color.
I mop between each wash then use my blow dryer to be sure it is dry before adding the next wash.
If you try to add another layer of color when your paint is still wet you are going to lift the paint!
I drew in my own large pumpkin that The Pilgrim is holding.
I base coated the pumpkin using Burnt Orange.
After I had the base coating and shading on the pumpkin done I dry brushed the highlights on.
To fill in the area below the large pumpkin I drew in 2 smaller pumpkins and painted them.
I just used some of the paints that I had on my palette to paint them.
I plan to hang this piece in my dining room where
I have a couple of primitive portraits that I have painted.
I decided to change the eyes of The Pilgrims to give them a little more realistic look yet I still wanted to maintain the over all whimsical look of Amy's design.
I began with the woman Pilgrim.
I began by first shading
aside the nose , under eyes, above lip, center of nose, bottom of chin and center of neck using Delane's Dark Flesh.
I then created eye sockets using Delane's Dark Flesh
I base coated the eyes with Light Buttermilk.
I painted the iris with Honey Brown.
The pupil is Lamp Black. I lined the top of the eye with Honey Brown.
I added a tiny highlight to the eye with Light Buttermilk.
I added the eyebrows with a tiny liner brush.
I have now added the "homespun lines to the female Pilgrims collar with Burnt Orange.
I added blush to her cheeks with a "float of Burnt Orange".
I deepened the shading with a touch of Country Red.
I first base coated her hair with Soft Black.
I then added the highlights to her hair with Honey Brown.
I have also added the stitching details to the collar and hat with Soft Black
I have added the initial base coats to the male Pilgrim and also the pie.
After base coating the pie and the additional pumpkins I knew that I would need to add some sort of filler in the area below them.
I dry brushed shading and highlights to define the female Pilgrims arms, under the collar and around the pie.
The pie dish was initially base coated with Sapphire.
I used a Scharff Texture -It brush to highlight the center of the pie plate with Light Buttermilk.
I then added a wash of Sapphire over the pie dish. I used Soft Black to shade both the pie crust and the dish. I added highlights to the crust with Light Buttermilk. I then added a wash over the crust with Honey Brown. I added some crumbs to the top of the pie with Light Buttermilk.
At this point I was wishing I had a fresh baked apple pie in my oven cooking so I could stop for a coffee break!
So now it is time to give the male Pilgrim a face!
But first I decided to add some bittersweet vines along the bottom of the design to fill in that area.
I painted the male Pilgrim's eyes and nose pretty much the same way as the females.
His beard and hair are undercoated with Lamp Black.
I then added the hair, mustache and beard over the Lamp Black using a liner brush and Graphite.
I then started adding some hairs using Neutral Grey and finally some using Slate Grey.
I painted his hair in the same manner.
I highlighted the hat and cape with some Neutral Grey then further highlighted it with Slate Grey.
I added the buckle on his hat with Bright Brass, and shaded it with Soft Black.
An Amy Mogish design would not be complete unless you added some bakers twine.
AND now it's thyme to paint a duck!
Close up of The Pilgrims and The Duck!
I changed the location of the sheep in the design and of course added more bakers twine and a crow.