Where’s Waldo? (Bee with Flower Basket)

Where's Waldo Resin Figure

Our new spring resin is so cute I had to paint one of them ASAP! I chose to paint the adorable Bee with Flower Basket. I wanted to do a spin on the bee theme, so I chose to do a character known for wearing stripes from the book series Where’s Waldo? I had fun with this even though the end result wasn’t quite what I pictured. I think it looks more like Peter Griffin from Family guy than Waldo haha.

 

I used:

Bee with Flower Basket #80842

Round size 3/0 #20156

Filbert size 8 #20119

Americana Acrylic–Dark Chocolate #13065

Americana Acrylic–Espresso #13261

Americana Acrylic–Lamp (Ebony) Black #13067

Americana Acrylic–Natural Buff #13547

Americana Acrylic–Ocean Blue #13260

Americana Acrylic–Red Alert #13536

Americana Acrylic–White Wash #13002

Identi Pen Black #70830

Fine Sharpie (the black pen from set #70136 will also work)

 

First, I painted three coats of White Wash on the ground, head, wings, torso, and arms/hands. For the larger areas I used a Filbert size 8 brush and the smaller areas I used a Round size 3/0 brush (I used this same process of brush size for the entire paint job). Next, I painted the hands and face with Natural Buff, and the eyes with White Wash. I used Dark Chocolate for the bangs and basket. These were outlined with pen later on once everything dried.

Next, I used Espresso on the spade and boots. For the shirt and hat I used Red Alert to make stripes and then Ocean Blue to paint the jeans and flowers. After making sure that everything was dry I used an Identi Pen to draw the black lines, and filled in some of the harder to reach spots with a fine point sharpie. This was to give it a more cartoon-like appearance. In the end it does look cartoon-like, just not the cartoon I wanted haha.

 

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Welcome (Winter)

Sign that says Welcome Winter

This is a quick and easy project to celebrate winter. I wanted to make a sign for my home that said something to guests, so I chose a simple “Welcome” just for that. For this craft project you only need a few supplies and a little time!

 

These are the materials that I used:

 

I started my project by coating the sign with a mix of Winter Blue and Titanium White to make a light blue color. Then I placed the stencil and used Deerfoot brushes to dab on the design using Titanium White paint. I have to admit that this was my first time using a brush to apply a stencil (I used spray paint previously) and you can tell! I started on the left side with the ‘W’ and I was too heavy handed with the paint. It ended up splotching and didn’t give the clean look that I was going for. I had to think for a few minutes about what to do after that. A great piece of advice I’ve gotten for art projects before is that “if you make a mistake, do it again”. So with that in mind, I thought my mistake kind of looked like snow, and so I decided to cover the rest of the design in snow too. I used the same Deerfoot brushes to add on the white snow in patches and concentrated at the bottom of the sign to make it look like snow was building up. Overall this project was quick (thanks to using a stencil) and fun to problem solve!

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Paint Pouring!

One of our customer service reps, tried paint pouring for the first time…here is what she said:

This pouring experience was fun and addicting.

The materials we used were gloves, acrylic paint, pouring medium, a 6’’x 6’’ and 8″ x 6″ wood pallet box and a topcoat. We started with putting a ¼ cup of pouring medium into a plastic cup then adding various colors of acrylic paints in there along with it. Gently and slowly spinning the cup at a fifteen degree angle you will notice the colors twisting and mixing with one another.  Our best advice is to eyeball it and spin the cup until you are satisfied with your color mixture.  Once you are ready to pour your mixture on to your chosen surface, you can choose a technique for pouring.  We were able to try two pouring techniques.

The first being is to simply pour the paint on to your canvas and proceed to tilt and move your canvas until it is fully covered.  The other is to quickly but carefully place the cup upside down on your canvas and slowly lift the now empty cup away from the initial spot.  After your beautiful blob of mixture has spread out on your canvas you are able to pick it up and tilt it in multiple directions until the canvas is fully covered.  Once you are happy with your new creation you can let it dry for twenty-four hours.

Last but not least, add your topcoat in the same fashion that you did with your paint.  Once your surface has been coated to your liking, place it on a drying rack.  We highly recommend doing this fun project with a friend as a pair of extra hands can come in handy because this can get messy.

 

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