Teddy Bear Hugs
- DecoArt Traditions Artist Acrylics: Burnt Sienna, Carbon Black, Cerulean Blue, Chrome Green-Hue, Naphthol Red, Phthalo Green Blue, Pine Green, Quinacridone Gold, Raw Sienna, Raw Umber, Titanium White, Yellow Oxide
- Brushes: FM Dynasty: Black Gold, Series 206: Shader, #4, #6, #10, #14; Flat Wash, 3/4"; Chisel Blender, #10; Round, #1; Script, #20/0; Fan, #4; Filbert, #8; Tooth, 1/4"; Oval Wash, 3/4"; Decorator Collection: Mini Mop, Series 400, 3/8", 1/2"; Round Dry Brush, Series 100, #8
- DecoArt: Acrylic Gesso; DuraClear Varnish, Satin
- Tin bucket, 8"x6-3/4"x4-1/2"
- Artist's Tips
- 1. All dry brushing is done using round dry brush or chisel blender. Use #10 or #14 shaders or flat wash to float colors; soften floats with mop brush, gently pouncing over water's edge. Use script liners to do all line work; thin paint to inky consistency and blot tip on paper towel to "sharpen" point. To rake, fully load tooth (rake) brush with thinned paint. Flick tips of bristles on hard surface such as palette edge to remove immediate paint build up and to open bristles. For ease in painting, turn surface to stroke towards yourself; rest wrist on table, hold brush straight up at base of area, and flick brush towards yourself pivoting tip of handle away from you, and allowing bristles to taper off naturally.
- 1. Use painter's tape to tape off design area at front of bucket, 3/4" from side seams or measure 8" across top and 5" across bottom of bucket. Burnish edges to prevent seepage. Use fine grit sanding sponge to sand area removing sheen. Wipe with rubbing alcohol. Use wedge/cosmetic sponge or petifour to apply Gesso. Use dry wedge/cosmetic sponge or petifour and Very Dark Green Mix (see "Color Mixes" below) to base background area. (Note: To remove bubbles, softly blow over them.) Let dry. Use fine grit sandpaper to sand smooth. Repeat for opaque coverage.
- 2. Print out pattern; transfer basic pattern lines.
- Color Mixes
- 1. Very Dark Green = Carbon Black + Phthalo Green Blue + Pine Green (2:1:1)
- 2. Medium Green = Raw Sienna + Pine Green + Chrome Green-Hue (2:2:1)
- 3. Medium Brown = Burnt Sienna + Raw Sienna (1:1)
- 4. Dark Red = Naphthol Red + Raw Umber (1:1)
- 5. Light Pink = Naphthol Red + Titanium White (1:1)
- 1. Base bear with Medium Brown Mix. Base all leaves with Medium Green Mix. Undercoat poinsettia petals with Light Pink Mix; base Naphthol Red. Transfer details.
- Painting Steps
- 1. Refer to Painting Chart. (see photos)
- 1. Shade Raw Umber. Rake fur on entire bear with brush mix of Medium Brown Mix, a touch of Yellow Oxide, and Titanium White. Lighten mix with more Titanium White; brighten fur on left side of bear and a touch on right side. (Note: If desired, brighten areas again adding more Titanium White to mix and covering less area using fewer strokes.) Wash entire body Quinacridone Gold. Rake left side again with lighter mix.
- Facial Features
- 1. Float narrow Raw Umber around each element. Base eyes Titanium White, iris Pine Green, and pupil Carbon Black. Use brush mix of Cerulean Blue and Titanium White to float along right side of entire eye. Add thin Titanium White highlight lines on left sides. Use Carbon Black to outline eyes and add eyelashes.
- 2. Base nose Carbon Black. Use brush mix of Cerulean Blue and Titanium White to highlight top of nose. Add Titanium White highlight shine line.
- 3. For mouth, undercoat lip with Light Pink Mix; base Naphthol Red. Shade corners with Dark Red Mix. Add a tiny Titanium White highlight shine line. Line mouth and outline lip Carbon Black. Paint hair band in same manner as lip.
- 1. Shade with Very Dark Green Mix; repeat. Dry brush highlights with Light Green Mix. Float wishy-wash Titanium White highlights. Use Dark Red Mix to float tinges here and there along odd edges. Add vein lines with brush mix of Medium Green Mix and Titanium White; brighten with more Titanium White.
- Poinsettia Petals
- 1. Shade with Dark Red Mix; deepen with brush mix of Dark Red Mix and Raw Umber. Dry brush highlights with Light Pink Mix; brighten with a touch of Titanium White.
- 1. Spatter entire design area with Titanium White; use liner to add a few detailed snowflakes.
- 2. Apply two to three varnish coats. Carefully remove tape.
by Sue Beckerton