“Home” Toile Letters
- Wooden letters, 9” tall: “H”, “O”, “M”, “E” (available at craftcuts.com)
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Bittersweet Chocolate, Mink Tan, Mississippi Mud, Warm Neutral, Warm White
- Loew-Cornell Comfort Paintbrushes: Series 3300 Shader #4, #10; Series 3350 Liner #1; Series 3550 Glaze/Wash 3/4”; Series 242 Basecoater 1”
- DecoArt Americana Matte Acrylic Sealer/Finisher
newspaper (to cover work surface)
- 1. Basecoat front and back of each letter Warm White. Let dry. Basecoat front and back edges of each letter Warm Neutral. Let dry.
- 2. Print out pattern. Transfer basic details onto each letter, adjusting pattern placement so birds show on each letter. Using pattern as reference, add “BC” tree as needed to fill empty areas.
- 3. For “MT” trees, shade Mink Tan along right sides. Use #10 shader to pull Mink Tan strokes horizontally across trees from right to left with slight curve to give trees roundness. Use liner to pull fine branches. For leaves, add Warm White highlight line along left side.
- 4. For “MM” trees, shade Mississippi Mud along right sides. In same manner as “MT” trees, use #4 shader to pull strokes horizontally across trunks. Use liner to pull fine branches and Warm White to highlight leaves.
- 5. For “BC” trees, shade Bittersweet Chocolate along right sides; use #4 shader to pull strokes horizontally across. Repeat for darker tree.
- 6. For birds, use liner, allowing strokes to show. Basecoat bellies Mink Tan, head and wings Mississippi Mud, and beaks and feet Bittersweet Chocolate. Reinforce beaks and feet.
- 7. To finish, shade Mink Tan behind horizon line, walking float up about 1”, keeping shading light. Let dry. Apply three coats of varnish. Let dry.
- 1. Sand surface and edges of wooden letters and add a coat of primer if wood appears rough or uneven before beginning.