Bizzy Bees Growth Chart
- DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Blue Haze, Blush Flesh, Bright Yellow, Burnt Sienna, Hauser Dark Green, Hauser Light Green, Hauser Medium Green, Lamp (Ebony) Black, Lemonade, Napa Red, Purple Cow, Snow (Titanium) White, Spa Blue, True Red, Yellow Green
- Brushes: Daler-Rowney Robert Simmons: Expression: Flat Shader, Series E60, #4, #8, #12, #16; Pointed Round, Series E85, #3; Liner, Series E51, #18/0, #0; Angle Shader, Series E57, 1/4”, 3/8”; Oval Mop, Series E52, 3/8”; Decorator Stencil Brush: Series 960, 1/8”
- DecoArt DuraClear Varnish, Matte
- Coordinating buttons, 3/4” with large holes, two
- Coordinating ribbon, 1/4”-wide, 18” length
- MDF or smooth plywood 8”x37”x1/4”
- Foam brush, 2”
- Yard stick
- 1. Sand wood as needed; wipe dust. If you plan to hang growth chart, drill two holes near top approximately 1-1/4” from side edges.
- 2. Use foam brush to base front and sides Spa Blue; paint back if desired. Dampen household sponge with water and double-load one end with Spa Blue and Snow White; swirl and pat color on top one-third of board. Quickly rinse sponge and reload with just Spa Blue; while top is still wet, start at middle and swirl upward to blend into white/blue mix. Pat and blend until there is a soft graduated color of lighter blue at top and blue in center.
- 3. Rinse sponge and reload with Spa Blue again. Swirl and pat on second coat from middle section down to bottom. Rinse sponge again and double-load with a little bit of Bright Yellow and Snow White. Swirl and pat along top area over lightest blue area (approximately top 5”).
- 4. Print out patterns.
- Grass Area
- 1. Transfer grass outline. Use #16 flat shader and Hauser Lt. Green to base bottom of board to fill in grass area. Repeat for solid coverage. For individual blades, stand brush on chisel edges and pull up. Double-load same brush with Hauser Med. Green and Bright Yellow and pull more grass blades on chisel edge throughout grass area avoiding turtle as much as possible. In same manner, doubleload brush with Hauser Lt. Green and Bright Yellow to add lighter grass blades throughout, avoiding turtle.
- Measurement Lines
- 1. Use pattern or yard stick and pencil to lightly add measurements in 1/2” increments along right side of board. Add “one foot” lines in appropriate increments. Transfer basic pattern details; reposition patterns as needed.
- 1. Base Snow White and shade Blue Haze. Use liner to paint wording Lamp Black; dot lettering and add hearts.
- 1. Base “T” and “B” Lamp Black. Use mix of Snow White + Lamp Black (2:1) to dry brush centers of each letter.
- Flowers and Vines
- 1. For purple wildflowers, double-load #12 flat shader with Purple Cow and Snow White; use chisel edge of brush and keep white towards top as you pull from stem.
- 2. For yellow flowers, double-load #8 shader with Bright Yellow and Snow White; with white toward outer edge paint tear drop shaped petals. Double-load stencil brush with Burnt Sienna and Bright Yellow to stipple flower centers. Use Hauser Dk. Green to paint stems.
- 3. Use thinned Hauser Med. Green to paint vines. Double-load #4 flat shader with Yellow Green and Hauser Med. Green to paint leaves; shade Hauser Dk. Green along bottom.
- 1. Use flat shader to undercoat yellow areas Snow White. Base face and yellow stripes Bright Yellow; tip into some Snow White for better coverage if desired. Shade yellow areas Burnt Sienna. Use Lamp Black to base head, arms, and stripes. Use Bright Yellow to highlight along top of head and along bottom of hands. Base wings Snow White and shade with mix of Snow White + Lamp Black (2:1).
- 2. Use stencil brush to dry brush cheeks Blush Flesh. Paint eyes Lamp Black; use thinned Lamp Black to paint eyelashes and mouth. Add Snow White highlight dots to eyes. Paint nose True Red. Use thinned Lamp Black to line antennae and to paint trail lines.
- 1. Use flat shader to undercoat red areas Snow White; base True Red and shade Napa Red. Use Lamp Black to base heads and feet. Dry brush cheeks Blush Flesh. Paint eyes Snow White, pupils Lamp Black and add Snow White highlight dots. Dot nose True Red and spots Lamp Black. Line antennae with thinned Lamp Black.
- 1. Use equal mix of Yellow Green + Hauser Lt. Green to base shell. Use equal mix of Lemonade + Yellow Green to base head, legs and tail. Base toenails Lamp Black and use mix of Snow White + Lamp Black (2:1) to shade.
- 2. For squares on shell, double-load #12 flat shader with Bright Yellow and Yellow Green; tip Bright Yellow into Snow White. Blend bristles back and forth on palette. Paint one square using horizontal strokes and next square using vertical strokes; alternate between horizontal and vertical strokes in each row of squares. Use Burnt Sienna to shade along top edge of shell and to base bottom rim. Use Hauser Dk. Green to shade head, mouth, cheek line, over shading along top of shell, between squares, above shell rim, legs, and tail.
- 3. Dry brush cheeks Blush Flesh. Paint eye Snow White, pupil Lamp Black, and add Snow White highlight dot. Paint eyelid Hauser Dk. Green. Use thinned Lamp Black to paint eyelashes and comma stroke nose.
- 1. Undercoat with equal mix of Lemonade + Yellow Green. Base Yellow Green and shade Hauser Dk. Green. Dry brush cheeks on largest frog Blush Flesh. Paint eyes Snow White, pupils Lamp Black, and add Snow White highlight dots. Paint eyelids Hauser Dk. Green. Line mouths with thinned Lamp Black.
- 1. Use Lamp Black to paint thick horizontal one-foot lines, half-inch lines, 6” numbers, 2’, 3’, 4’ and 5’ numbers; dot end of measurement lines and numbers.
- 2. Double-load #8 flat shader with Hauser Dk. Green and Yellow Green to pull some shorter grass blades in front of turtle’s legs.
- 3. Apply several varnish coats. Let dry.
- 4. Cut each end of ribbon to sharp points. Thread ribbon through holes of board from back to front. Then thread ribbon ends through button holes from back to front; continue to loop ribbon ends through holes ending at back of buttons leaving a 2” tail. Knot ribbon at back of button. (Omit buttons if desired and simply knot ribbon several times at front of board leaving 2” tails.)
- 5. When hanging board on wall, be sure to nail to stud or use anchor bolt to secure. Bottom horizontal line on board should measure two feet from floor.
- 1. Add individual ladybugs, bees, frogs, and turtle to other furniture pieces for a fun themed room.
by Susan Kelley