These mache letters will look great on your mantel or bookshelf this Fourth of July and they were so much fun to paint! A great project for the beginning painter or for the Americana enthusiast.
These letters allow for a little creative freedom when deciding where to do the stripes and what will be your blue fields. I pretty much just eyeballed it, but used a ruler to help me keep most lines straight when they needed to be. Other than that, just relax and have fun, these are supposed to be a little whimsical or rustic.
You just need a few supplies: 12″ Mache Letters – A (#40153), U (#40173), and S (#40171); Falling Stars Background Stencil (#71899); Identi Pen Black (#70830); DecoArt Americana paint colors in Williamsburg Blue (#13040), Deep Midnight Blue (#13166), Winter Blue (#13190), Rookwood Red (#13097), Black Plum (#13172), Light Buttermilk (#13164), Antique White (#13058), Snow White (#13001), and Neons Fiery Red (#18000).
I painted the sides and back of each letter with Deep Midnight Blue. For the design, paint the blue fields with Williamsburg Blue, shade with Deep Midnight Blue, highlight with Winter Blue. Light stripes paint with Light Buttermilk, shade with Antique White, highlight with Snow White. Red stipes paint with Rookwood Red, shade with Black Plum, highlight with Fiery Red. Stars are stenciled with Light Buttermilk. Add dip dots to each corner of the star. When everything is dry, outline the stripes and some sections of the A for separation with the Identi Pen. Finish with your favorite varnish.
There you have it…some fun Americana letters to enjoy all summer long!