Bunny with Flower – Patio Paint

I love living in the Pacific Northwest because we truly get to experience the seasons…although our winter has been fairly mild here, these brisk cold sunny days have me thinking ahead for spring. We all know that spring will be here in a blink of an eye!

The launch of our spring resin has me thinking about additions to my garden, and our Bunny with Flower (#80841) would be perfect! He is large enough that he would look cute nestled among my Hydrangeas this spring and summer. I really wanted him to be durable, and decide to give him his color with DecoArt Patio Paint…and I do love how he turned out.

Here is how he came to life:

DecoArt Patio Paint:
Grey Skies
Fern Green
Carnation Pink
Cloud White
Wrought Iron Black
Azalea
Sprout Green
Sweet Pea
Very Berry
Marigold
Pinecone Brown
Clear Coat

Additional Supplies:
Papillon Highlighter Brushes
Triple Thick Gloss Glaze Spray
Miscellaneous Brush Sizes

I first gave the bunny two coats of the Patio Paint Clear Coat…making sure to let it dry completely between coats. This is just to give the resin a little extra durability in the weather. Next paint the entire bunny Grey Skies, you may want to do two coats for the best coverage. The stem and leaf are painted Fern Green. Flower petals are Azalea, Center is Marigold.

Using Cloud White and a large Highlighter Brush, brush on highlights in raised areas of the head, arms, legs, and body. When dry, use a Highlighter Brush and Wrought Iron Black to add shadows under the neck, around the head by the ears, in between the toes, around the arms and under where the flower and leaves touch the body, and lightly hit here and there around the entire body. Make sure to scrub out most of the paint with your brush before adding the shadows…you can build your shadows to make them darker, so start out light. With a medium to small Highlighter Brush and Carnation Pink, blush the inside of each ear, cheeks and upper lips. The nose and tongue are both painted with Carnation Pink. Outline the groove of the eye with Wrought Iron Black.

Again using your Highlighter Brush, scrub Sprout Green on the stem where the flower and leaves overlap and down the vein lines of the leaves. Highlight the leaves and stem with Sweet Pea and then again with a touch of Azalea.

Scrub Very Berry using your Highlighter Brush again at the base of the petals where they meet the center, and on the back petals where they overlap. Give the tips of the petals a little highlight with Carnation Pink. The center of the flower is shaded with Pinecone Brown and lightly highlighted with Cloud White.

Once dry, finish with two coats of Clear Coat…make sure to let it dry completely. Once the Clear Coat is dry, I like to finish with a coat of two of Triple Thick Gloss Glaze Spray just for that extra durability since this little guy will be outside in the weather.

Happy Painting!

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Valentine Signs

I love creating signs for a fun Valentine display at home. I created 4 quick and easy Valentine signs that painters or crafters of any level can do using their own hand writing and just a few stencils.

Let’s start with the “Be Mine” Sign:
What you will need:
DecoArt Americana:
Peony Pink
Berry Red
Snow White

Additional Supplies:
Narrow Table Top Sign
Quilt Block Stars & Hearts Stencil
Alpha Stencil 101 – set of 2
Alpha Stencil 103
Darice Fine Line Paint Pen Set
Sanding Pads

Sand the front and back of your table top sign. Wipe off dust. Paint all sides with Peony Pink, let dry and sand again. Wipe off dust, and paint a second coat of Peony Pink.

Plan the placement of your letters with your stencil, I laid the stencil down and lightly traced with a pencil to make sure I had the placement the way I wanted it. Then, with Snow White, stencil your letters in place…I started with the word “Mine” using the Alpha Stencil 101. Next I did the word “Be” using Snow White and Alpha Stencil 103. Make sure to let your letters dry before laying the stencil down again to do your next letter, you don’t want to smear your paint. The heart was stenciled with Berry Red and the heart on the Quilt Block Stars & Heart Stencil. Using the White Fine Line Paint Pen, draw scallops around the outside edge of the sign…you can skip this part if you don’t want it, or you could even do some stitch marks…the decision is yours. Outline the hear with Snow White.

The next three signs use the same wood set…Large Blocks Set of 4

“Love” Sign:
What you will need:
DecoArt Americana:
Berry Red
Snow White

Additional Supplies:
Alpha Stencil 101 – set of 2
Sanding Pads

Sand all sides and wipe off dust. Paint the entire wood piece Berry Red. Let dry and sand again. Paint a second coat of Berry Red and let dry. Using the Alpha Stencil 101 and Snow White, stencil the letters into place making sure to let the paint dry before laying the stencil down again. Have fun with this one, you can stencil the letters any way that you want.

“Happy Valentine’s Day” Sign:
What you will need:
DecoArt Americana:
Berry Red
Snow White

Additional Supplies:
Darice Fine Line Paint Pen Set
Sanding Pads

For this sign, you will use the two smallest wood blocks from the set. Sand both and wipe off dust. Paint the small block Snow White, the larger block Berry Red. Let dry, sand again, and paint a second coat on both blocks. I chose to use my own hand lettering for this project. I played with two types of writing so that the blocks would stand out. On the Snow White block paint your lettering with Berry Red. On the Berry Red block, I chose to trace over my letters using the White Fine Line Painting Pen, you can choose to us a liner brush and Snow White if you would like.

“Love, Luv, Love” Sign:

What you will need:
DecoArt Americana:
Peony Pink
Snow White

Additional Supplies:
Curly Words Stencil
Sanding Pads

Sand the last block and wipe off dust. Paint all sides with Peony Pink. Let dry, and lightly sand again and wipe off dust. Paint a second coat of Peony Pink. With Snow White and the Curly Words Stencil, stencil the first “Love” onto the block, let dry and continue…making sure to leave enough space between your words. Using the end of your paint brush, add a dot of Snow White in between each word. Let dry.

When all the signs are dry, finish with your favorite varnish. I like to use Americana Acrylic Sealer Finisher Matte Spray.

Happy Painting and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine Canvases

I love painting for the seasons and special holidays, and I love painting for Valentine’s Day…maybe because my favorite color is red! Our new 6″ x 6″ Canvases (#40206) are great for a variety of projects and were the perfect size when combined with our FolkArt Layering Stencils – Heart (#71928). These are fun and easy to paint and will look great sitting on your mantel or hanging on your wall for fun and festive accent pictures.

Here is how to paint theses quick and easy canvas designs:

Supplies:
2 – 6″ x 6″ Canvases
FolkArt Layering Stencils – Heart
Stencil Brush Set of 4
Glaze Wash Brush 1″
Darice Fine Line Paint Pen Set

DecoArt Americana Paint:
Cherry Red
Bubblegum Pink
Light Buttermilk

Paint one canvas completely with Cherry Red, this may take several coats, allow to dry in between coats. When dry, center the stencil with the checks down first and then lay the stencil for the heart on top of that…this will allow you to have the checked heart shape only. With your stencil brush and Light Buttermilk, lightly tap over the area. When you are done, carefully lift the stencils off the canvas and let dry. When dry, use the White Paint Pen and add stitch lines around the outside edge of the canvas.

For the second canvas, put our a puddle of paint of Cherry Red and Bubblegum Pink. In the stencil pack, take the individual heart shape and center it in the middle of your canvas. With the end of the handle for your Glaze Wash Brush, dip into Cherry Red paint and add dots here and there all around the the canvas, then wipe the handle clean and repeat with Bubblegum Pink. I chose to also, dip into the Bubblegum Pink and Cherry Red for a double load and tapped to fill in additional spaces. You can overlap dots if you would like…your goal is to have the center remain clean and the dots create the look of the heart outline. If some paint does get under the stencil, you can easily cover it up with some white paint.

Spray with your favorite varnish.

 

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