High Flyin' Stepping Stools
- Skywriter Stool: Plaid FolkArt: Acrylics: Apple Orchard, Black Cherry, Cayman Blue, Dove Gray, Engine Red, Green, Heartland Blue, Holly Leaf, Lemonade, School Bus Yellow, Wrought Iron; Artist's Pigments: Medium Yellow, Pure Orange, Titanium White
- Kite Flying Stool: Plaid FolkArt: Acrylics: Baby Pink, Cayman Blue, Fresh Foliage, Grass Green, Heartland Blue, Lavender, Magenta, School Bus Yellow; Artist's Pigments: Medium Yellow, Pure Orange, Titanium White
- Brushes: Royal & Langnickel: Aqualon: Round, Series 2250, #1, #3, #5; Liner, Series R2595, #10/0; Shader, Series R2150, #2, #4, #6, #8, #12; Soft Grip: Fitch Deerfoot, Series, SG393, 3/8"; Basecoat, Varnish & Stain Brushes: Background & Primer, Series 876, 2"
- Plaid FolkArt: Gesso; Waterbase Varnish, Satin
- Simply Built Storage System Stepping Stool (13.4x13.5x13.5) from AC Moore or stool of choice
- Black Pigma Micron Pen, .02
- 1. Sand front, top and sides of stool parts lightly with fine grit sandpaper for tooth. Wipe dust. Apply one to two coats Gesso. Use 2" brush and mix of Cayman Blue + Titanium White (3:1) to base each part; use long horizontal strokes leaving light streaks showing here and there to resemble wispy clouds. Follow manufacturer's directions to assemble stool. Use pencil to free-hand child's name in cursive onto tracing paper using photo and pattern as guide. (Note: Kite tail may need to be reworked to flow with child's name.) Transfer name onto top of stool.
- 2. Print out patterns; transfer basic pattern lines. (Transfer details as needed.) For large plane on sides of Skywriter Stool, reverse pattern for other side, and so front propeller of planes are facing forward on each side. For three kites on sides of Kite Flying Stool, reverse pattern for other side so smallest kites are facing forward on each side.
- 3. Use Gesso and appropriate sized shaders to undercoat fuselages, wings, tails, and wheel hubs of Skywriter stool and to undercoat kites, bows, and ribbons of Kite Flying stool.
- 1. Use fitch deerfoot to stipple Titanium White. Reload Titanium White on brush and small amount of Heartland Blue on toe; tap on palette until colors are slightly blended, then stipple shading. Wipe brush on dry paper towel and load toe with Titanium White; stipple selective highlights here and there.
- 2. For Kite Flying stool, use #4 shader and touch of Titanium White to dry brush wispy streaks under kites and tails.
- 3. For Skywriter stool, use #8 shader and touch of Titanium White to dry brush light wispy motion streaks behind planes.
- Planes - Artist's Tips
- 1. Engine Red, Green, and Medium Yellow basecoat colors are somewhat transparent which makes for a streaky uneven basecoat. Add a touch of Titanium White to undercoat for more opaqueness, dry, and apply second coat of pure color. Use appropriate sized shaders to basecoat, float, and dry brush planes. (Note: Underlined instructions are same for all planes.)
- 2. Refer to Painting Chart. (see photos)
- 1. Exhaust Puffs: Paint in same manner as clouds.
- 2. Green Plane (bottom front riser): Use Green to base fuselage, wings, and tail leaving circle detail on tail unpainted; shade Holly Leaf and highlight Apple Orchard. Transfer wing stripes or use pattern as guide to freehand. Use Engine Red to base wide body stripe, circle on tail, and wheel hubs; shade each Black Cherry. Use Wrought Iron to base cockpit, nose cone, and tires, and use Dove Gray to base propeller nut (Fig. 1). Transfer checkered pattern on body stripe and pinstripes on wings (Fig. 2). Paint wing pinstripes Med. Yellow. Use #2 shader and slightly thinned Wrought Iron to paint checks on body stripe. Use liner and thinned Wrought Iron to paint wing and wheel supports, wheel axles, to outline wing stripes and to add detailing to circle on tail. Use sheer Wrought Iron to shade propeller nut. Use #2 shader and Titanium White to dry brush highlights on tires and nose cone (Fig. 3). Double-load #3 round with Dove Gray and Wrought Iron; stroke propeller blades. Use #6 shader and touch of Titanium White to dry brush highlights on fuselage, wings, and tail. Use #5 round and Titanium White to dry brush propeller's motion (Fig. 4).
- 3. Red Planes (top step and one side): Use Engine Red to base fuselage, wings, and tail leaving circle detail on tail unpainted; shade Black Cherry and dry brush touch of Titanium White highlights. Undercoat wing stripes Titanium White; base Green. Use Med. Yellow to base wide body stripe, circle on tail, and wheel hubs; shade each with mix of School Bus Yellow + tch. of Pure Orange. Refer to underlined instructions of Green Plane to paint remaining details.
- 4. Yellow Planes (second step and one side): Use Med. Yellow to base fuselage, wings, and tail leaving circle detail on tail unpainted; shade with mix of School Bus Yellow + tch. of Pure Orange then deepen shading with ultra sheer float of Pure Orange. Use Lemonade to highlight. Base wing stripes Engine Red. Use Green to base wide body stripe, circle on tail, and wheel hubs; shade each Holly Leaf. Refer to underlined instructions of Green Plane to paint remaining details.
- Kites - Artist's Tips
- 1. Kites, ribbons, and bows are washed with transparent color rather than based with opaque color. For kites, use appropriate sized shaders and water with touch of sheer color to wash each section. Work one color at a time allowing to dry before washing second color. Keep a wet edge while washing colors. Use round brushes to wash ribbons and bows.
- 1. Refer to Painting Chart. (see photos)
- 2. Green/Orange Kites (front of top step and middle kite on sides): Use Fresh Foliage to wash two opposite sections (Fig. 1); shade Fresh Foliage (Fig. 2). Wash remaining sections Pure Orange (Fig. 1); shade Pure Orange (Fig. 2). Use liner and Grass Green to add graphic detailing on orange sections (Fig. 2).
- 3. Purple/Yellow Kites (top of first step and large kite on sides): Use Lavender to wash two opposite sections; shade Lavender. Wash remaining sections Med. Yellow; shade with mix of School Bus Yellow + tch. of Pure Orange. Use liner and Lavender to paint graphic detailing on yellow sections.
- 4. Pink/Yellow Kites (top step and small kites on sides): Use ultra-sheer Magenta to wash two opposite sections; shade Magenta. Use Med. Yellow to wash remaining sections; shade with mix of School Bus Yellow + tch. of Pure Orange. Use liner and mix of Baby Pink + Magenta (1:1) to paint graphic detailing on yellow sections.
- 5. All Kites: Dry brush Titanium White highlight on front center of kites (Fig. 3).
- 6. Ribbons and Bows: For green ribbons and bows, wash Fresh Foliage (Fig. 1); shade Grass Green (Fig. 2). For orange ribbons and bows, wash Pure Orange; shade Pure Orange. For pink ribbons and bows wash ultra-sheer Magenta; shade Magenta. For yellow ribbons and bows; wash Med. Yellow; shade with mix of School Bus Yellow + tch. of Pure Orange. For purple ribbons and bows, wash Lavender; shade Lavender. Dry brush Titanium White highlights on each (Fig. 3).
- 7. Blue Birds: Use #3 round and a touch of Titanium White to undercoat belly; wash belly with sheer Magenta. Use sheer Heartland Blue wash remaining areas, one at a time; use #2 shader to shade Heartland Blue and dry brush Titanium White highlights. Use liner and Heartland Blue to add beak and eye, and tail and wing detailing. Add tiny Titanium White highlight dot to eye.
- 1. Use micron pen to add kite string between bows of Kite Flying stool.
- 2. Use 2" brush to apply several light varnish coats on each section.
- 1. Use these fabulous designs to paint a room sign, personalize a headboard, or to decorate a toy box. Why not even paint the walls or ceilings; just enlarge patterns as needed to accommodate the area. Your child is sure to love it!
by Linda Hollander