Jingle Bugs and Frog
- DecoArt: Americana Acrylics: Antique Gold, Antique Rose, Burnt Sienna, Crimson Tide, Deep Burgundy, French Vanilla, Graphite, Hauser Light Green, Lamp (Ebony) Black, Moon Yellow, Plantation Pine, Slate Grey, Soft Black, Warm White; Dazzling Metallics: Festive Green
- Brushes: Loew-Cornell: La Corneille Golden Taklon—Acrylic Handle: Shader, Series 7300C, #2, #8; La Corneille Golden Taklon: Liner, Series 7350, #18/0; Angular Shader, Series 7400, 1/8”, 1/4”, 3/8”; Deerfoot Stippler, Series 7850, 1/8”, 1/2”; Filbert, Series 7500, #4; Wash/Glaze, Series, 7550, 3/4”
- Cupboard Distributing: Cheek Chalk, Ruby Red; Glass Beads: Yellow (01-B813), two; Red Heart (01-B814), two
- Coordinating sheer ribbon for each character, 1”-wide, 12” length
- Craft wire, 19-gauge, 8” length
- Inexpensive false eyelashes (for frog)
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Sealer/Finisher, Matte; Americana Wood Sealer; DuraClear Varnish, Gloss
- Loew-Cornell Berry Maker, Large
- Wood Jingle Bells (#31-L0105, 3-3/4”x2-3/4”, three) and Ball Knobs (01-K516, 3/4”, two) from Cupboard Distributing
- 1. Seal all wood items with wood sealer. Let dry, sand, and wipe dust. Print out pattern; transfer basic details onto each jingle bell.
- Bumble Bee
- 1. Double-load 1/2” deerfoot stippler with Moon Yellow and French Vanilla; pounce onto body, avoiding face area, twisting and turning brush for color variation. Use 3/8” angular shader and Antique Gold to shade behind face and around top of bell.
- 2. For stripes, load 1/2” deerfoot stippler with Graphite and tap around bell. Use 3/8” angular shader and Antique Gold to shade below each stripe. Load toe of 1/8” deerfoot stippler with Slate Grey and tap along top of stripes. Reload same brush with Lamp Black and tap along bottom of each stripe.
- 3. Base face Graphite. Use Lamp Black to shade around edges; load toe of 1/8” deerfoot stippler and tap around face edges for “fuzzy” appearance. Reload same brush with Slate Grey and highlight along top and about half way down sides of face.
- 4. For eyes, use 1/4” angular shader and Lamp Black to float down sides and along bottom. Use filbert to paint whites of eyes Warm White. Paint iris Soft Black and pupils Lamp Black. With 1/8” angular shader, float Slate Grey lightly along bottom right of each iris. Use same brush to float Soft Black across top of eyes and below eyelids; shade Storm Grey along sides of eyelid. Use thinned Lamp Black to paint thin line along bottom of eyelid and to paint thin wispy eyelashes. Thin Storm Grey to add a few more eyelashes to make them pop. Add tiny Warm White highlight dot to upper left of each pupil.
- 5. For eyebrows, use liner and thinned Lamp Black. Use 1/8” angular shader to shade Lamp Black below eyebrows and to highlight Grey Sky above. Use handle end of brush to dot nose Storm Grey. Use 1/8” angular shader to shade Lamp Black along bottom of nose. Load berry maker with Soft Black, center over nose, press down, and twist (this will automatically shade nose by smooshing paint from center and leaving edges darker). Add tiny Warm White highlight dot to upper left of nose.
- 6. Use 18/0 liner and thinned Lamp Black to paint mouth; use 1/8” angular shader to highlight Storm Grey along top and 1/4” angular shader to shade Lamp Black along bottom.
- 7. Use 1/4” angular shader to float Storm Grey along inside of cheeks. Use same brush to shade Lamp Black along front edges of cheeks over edges of mouth. Use cotton swab to blush Ruby Red chalk on cheeks. Dot three tiny Warm White highlight dots on each cheek.
- 8. Base top hanger Soft Black; shade Lamp Black along bottom and Slate Grey around top.
- 1. Use wash/glaze to base body Antique Rose. Double-load 1/2” deerfoot stippler with Antique Rose and Crimson Tide; pounce onto surface in same manner as bee’s body. Use 3/8” angular shader to shade Deep Burgundy around top of bell and holes.
- 2. Paint face in same manner and colors as Bumble Bee. Use 3/8” angular shader to shade Deep Burgundy around face. For spots, load berry maker with Lamp Black; randomly press down and twist. Paint top of hanger in same manner as Bumble Bee.
- 1. Use wash/glaze to base body Hauser Lt. Green. Let dry thoroughly. Dampen body with water; while wet, lightly load sea sponge with Plantation Pine and sponge surface keeping area around mouth and eyes softer. Use 1/4” angular shader to shade Plantation Pine around top and around openings of bell.
- 2. Use #8 shader to base white of eyes on ball knobs Warm White. Use #2 shader to base iris’ Antique Gold; use 1/8” angular shader to shade Burnt Sienna along outer edges. Thin Burnt Sienna to paint tiny iris lines. Use filbert to paint pupils Soft Black. Use 1/8” angular shader to shade Lamp Black along edges. Float a little Moon Yellow on lower right of each eye. Paint eyelids Hauser Lt. Green. Dampen and sponge eyelid in same manner as body. Use 1/4” angular shader to float Soft Black along top of eyes below eyelids. Use same brush to highlight top of eyelid Festive Green Metallic. Add tiny Warm White highlight dot to upper left of each pupil.
- 3. For mouth, use liner and thinned Lamp Black. Base tongue Antique Rose; use 1/8” angular shader to shade Crimson Tide along mouth and around bottom of tongue. Use equal mix of Antique Rose and Warm White to highlight top of tongue. Use 1/4” angular shader to shade Plantation Pine on body along bottom of tongue and mouth. Use same brush to highlight Festive Green Metallic along top of mouth.
- 4. Use liner and thinned Plantation Pine to paint nostrils; use stylus to dot freckles Plantation Pine.
- 1. Spray pieces with several coats sealer. Brush frog’s eyeballs (omitting lids) with gloss varnish. Glue eyeballs to frog’s head. Attach a few eyelashes to corners of frog’s eyelids.
- 2. Using pattern as guide, drill small holes in bumble bee and ladybug for antennae. Cut four 2” lengths from wire. Glue antennae into holes; trim to desired length. Glue appropriate beads to antennae ends. Bend wire to form soft arches. Tie decorative ribbons onto each bell.
by Chris Haughey