Farm Animal Canvases
- DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Antique White, Baby Pink, Country Red, Flesh Tone, Honey Brown, Lamp (Ebony) Black, Marigold, Melon, Milk Chocolate, Slate Grey, Snow (Titanium) White, True Ochre
- Brushes: Royal & Langnickel Aqualon: Glaze Wash, Series R2700, 3/4"; Shader, Series R2150, #4, #6, #8; Round, Series R2250, #2; Script Liner, Series R2585, #1
- Artist canvases: 8"x10", two; 8"x16", two
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Sealer/Finisher, Matte
- Optional: Terry-cloth towel scrap
- 1. Working one canvas at a time, squeeze a fair amount of True Ochre and a dime size blob of Antique White directly onto canvas. Use old sponge or terry-cloth towel scrap to work paint into canvas; while wet, use damp paper towel to blot canvas, removing some paint. When dry, use dirty sponge or cloth to randomly dab small amount of Antique White over canvas; repeat with Snow White. Use glaze wash brush and Milk Chocolate to shade along outside edges of canvas.
- 2. Arrange canvases according to photo. Print out patterns; transfer basic pattern lines onto surfaces. (Transfer details as needed.)
- 3. Use #8 shader to shade Honey Brown behind each element; use Milk Chocolate to deepen shading along left and lower sides of each element.
- 1. Use #8 shader to base hen and cow Snow White. Use #4 shader to base hen's waddle and comb Country Red; highlight Marigold. Base pig Flesh Tone.
- 2. Use #6 shader and equal mix of Slate Grey + water to wash white areas of cow and hen; blot with damp paper towel to create depth. In same manner, use #6 shader and equal mix of Baby Pink + water to wash over pig and blot with damp paper towel; repeat with equal mix of Snow White + water.
- 3. Use #8 shader to base cow's muzzle Melon. Use same brush and Slate Grey to paint spot; wash over center of left ear. While wet, use damp paper towel to remove some paint from spot. Use #6 shader and Honey Brown to shade behind cow's spot and muzzle, along left side of head, and on left ear along left side and bottom. Use Milk Chocolate to deepen shading along left and lower sides of each element. Use Snow White to add diagonal lines on spot.
- 4. Use #6 shader and Honey Brown to shade behind hen's front wing, under neck, on back wing along head and body and along left side and bottom, along top and left side of head, and lightly along tail feather edges. Use Milk Chocolate to deepen shading along left and lower sides of each element. Use round brush to base beak Marigold. Use paintbrush handle to add random Country Red dots; dot eye Lamp Black.
- 5. Use #6 shader and Melon to shade behind pig's muzzle and ears, and along edges of face; repeat with Honey Brown. Deepen shading along left and lower sides with Milk Chocolate.
- 1. Use new pencil eraser and Lamp Black to dot eyes on pig and cow; use round brush and Slate Grey to outline nostrils. Use #4 shader and Honey Brown to shade behind nostrils and eyes.
by Meggan Maravich