Paintbrush Meets Passion
- Liquitex Heavy Body Artist Acrylics: Brilliant Yellow Green, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Red Medium, Chromium Oxide Green, Hooker's Green Hue Permanent, Ivory Black, Medium Magenta, Raw Sienna, Titanium White, Unbleached Titanium
- Brushes: FM Dynasty Eye of the Tiger: Angle, PB-620A, 1/4", 3/8", 1/2"; Shader, PB-610S, #2, #4, #6, #8; Short Liner, PB-630SL, #15/0, #1; Round, PB-615R, #2; Oval Mop, PB-640OM, 3/4"
- Old metal hinged socket box
(12"x5-1/2"x1") free of grease and
grime OR wood box of choice
- Krylon: Grey Primer; Indoor/Outdoor
Flat Black; Crystal Clear Satin
- "So Gentle Brush" Water Basin*
- Brenda Harris Clear Blend Acrylic
- Darice Black Foamie Sheets, 2mm
thick, two sheets: 9"x12"
- Eclectic E-6000 Adhesive
- Wet palette
- 1. Note: When using spray primers and paints they MUST be the same brand.
- 2. Wash entire metal box thoroughly using scouring sponge if necessary. Dry thoroughly. Sand rough areas with heavy brown paper bag; wipe dust. Use soft lint-free cloth and rubbing alcohol to wipe entire box. Apply one to two coats grey primer over entire box. Use same piece of paper bag to lightly sand again; wipe dust. Apply one to two coats Flat Black over entire surface.
- 3. Print out patterns.
- 1. Soak brushes in brush basin with tepid water for approximately 5 minutes. This softens and opens bristles allowing them to accept a greater amount of color.
- 2. To practice painting roses without
pattern, lay clear protector sheet over worksheet using largest angle brush and step-by-step guide. (Note: Enlarge worksheet 200%.) If desired, use white graphite pencil to very lightly draw outline of roses and bud as "size guide".
- 3. Use moderate pressure to paint petals, the lighter the better. When painting outside of petals, hold brush at top one-third of handle allowing more range of motion.
- 4. Use appropriate size brush for areas
unless otherwise instructed.
- 1. Using 3/8" or 1/2" angle brush, load toe
with Hooker's Green Hue Permanent and heel with Ivory Black; slip-slap faint background foliage on lid in areas where roses will be painted. Reload as needed. Leave edges spiky and irregular. Repeat for inside box lid
where single rose will be painted.
Holding Brush Tip
- 1. When you are painting, the left hand
corner of your brush is like a pencil
and "draws" the shape; the right
corner has no choice but to follow. So be sure to watch the right hand side of your brush.
- 1. Transfer basic flower and leaf pattern
lines if desired. Add Titanium White,
Med. Magenta, Cadmium Red Med., and Raw Sienna to palette. Use palette knife to mix Med. Magenta + Cadmium Red Med. (1:1) + tch. of Titanium White for a dark pink mix. Using 3/8" or 1/2" angle brush, load toe of brush with Titanium White and heel with dark pink mix; blend
well on palette. (Note: If moisture is
needed, gently touch chisel edge of brush in water or clear medium and blend again.) Using worksheet as
guide, begin painting petals; add a bit of Raw Sienna to heel of brush every other load to vary colors of pink. (Note: Do not clean brush between loads; if you begin to loose "doubleload" effect, wipe brush on paper towel and reload.)
- 2. Brighten rose edges here and there using Titanium White on toe of brush and water or clear medium on heel and blending well. Shade inside bottom of rose bowl using dark pink mix on toe of brush and adding just a pinprick of Hooker's Green Hue Permanent and blending well. (Note: Turn box upside down to see if roses are evenly balanced. If not, use chisel strokes to add comma shapes here and there.)
- 3. Use stylus and Titanium White to dot
inside of bowl, petal below and above
bowl. Do not reload stylus each time
for a variance in dot sizes.
- 1. Use size smaller angle brush than used for roses. Load toe of brush with Brilliant Yellow Green and heel with Chromium Oxide Green to paint leaves. Pull center vein with toe of brush going up about three-fourths. Brighten some edges using Titanium White on toe of brush and water or clear medium on heel. Then add a touch of dark pink mix to toe of dirty brush to add some color to a few leaves.
- 2. For rose bud tendrils, double-load #2
shader with Chromium Oxide Green and Brilliant Yellow Green, holding brush vertically as if it were a liner, wiggle up each side of rose, ending on tip of brush for thin end. Use 15/0 liner to add zigzag tendril hanging down from bud on each side.
Stylus and Paint Brush
- 1. Use #2 shader or round brush to base handles of each tool, loading three colors at the same time: Burnt Umber, Unbleached Titanium White, and Raw Sienna. Use 1/2" angle and Burnt Umber to shade along bottom of stylus handle and where metal shaft touches wood; shade along top of brush handle and where ferrule touches wood.
- 2. Mix Ivory Black + Titanium White for
light grey mix. Use round brush to paint stylus shaft then use stylus to
dot end; base brush ferrule with same
mix. Use 15/0 liner and Ivory Black to
add line work on ferrule; add Titanium
White highlights. Use same brush and
Ivory Black to paint brush name and
size; use Burnt Umber to paint your
name on stylus.
- 3. Use 1/2" angle and Titanium White to highlight along top edge of stylus handle, stylus shaft, and ball tip. Highlight along bottom of brush handle and ferrule. Use round brush and dark pink mix to base brush bristles. Use 15/0 liner and Titanium White to add thin individual hairs bending bristle ends slightly for movement. Use 1/4" angle to shade dark pink mix along bottom of bristles. Load round brush with Titanium White and dark pink mix to paint droplets on ferrule and handle.
- 1. Use 3/8" or 1/2" brush and sheer inky
consistency Titanium White. Hold brush at back one-third of handle and follow curve of ribbon leaning to right, up on chisel, then leaning to left, up on chisel, and repeating to end of ribbon. Use #6 or #8 shader and Titanium White to add back to back highlights in center of each wide section of ribbon. Use stylus to add Titanium White dots along outside edges of ribbon, reloading every third or fourth dot.
- 1. Cut foam sheets to fit inside lid and
inside bottom of box. Lightly sand
inside lid and inside bottom of box for tooth. Glue foam pieces in place. Let
dry. Follow rose and leaf directions
to add single rose to inside lid and
bottom outside of box if desired.
- 2. Spray entire box, omitting inside, with
Crystal Clear Satin.