Rise & Shine Rooster

By  Robin Mani 

size: 8"x8"x1-1/2"


  • Canvas board, 8”x8”x1-1/2”


  • Loew-Cornell Paintbrushes: Series 270 Mop 1/4” or 3/8”; Series 7050 Script Liner 10/0; Series 7300 Flat Shader #2; Series 7350 Liner #2, 6; Series 7400 Angular Shader 1/2”, 3/4”; Series 7500 Filbert #2, 4, 6; Debbie Mitchell Stippler
  • Double-ended stylus
  • Small sponge roller
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Alizarin Crimson, Avocado, Black Plum, Bright Yellow, Calypso Blue, Dioxazine Purple, Festive Green, Indian Turquoise, Lamp Black, Marigold, Primary Yellow, Snow White, Terra Cotta, True Red, Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Green; Easy Float; Duraclear Matte Varnish

Basic Supplies

  • palette and palette knife, transparent ruler, white graphite paper, paper towels, soft eraser, newspaper (to cover work surface), black permanent marker

Pattern - Rise & Shine Rooster

  • Note
  • 1. Refer to Worksheet for painting each step.
  • Preparation
  • 1. Basecoat front, sides, and back of canvas with (3:1) mixture of Black Plum + Alizarin Crimson using sponge roller. Let dry; repeat. (Note: Sponge rollers lend texture to surface of canvas.)
  • 2. Print out pattern. Trace pattern on tracing paper with marker. Transfer striped border with graphite paper using stylus and transparent ruler to keep lines straight.
  • 3. Transfer rooster outline and straight tailfeathers to canvas. Float shade (6:1) mixture of Black Plum + Lamp Black around both sides of border and outside of rooster with angular shaders. Let dry.
  • 4. Transfer remaining pattern elements using stylus and graphite paper.
  • Head, Neck, Back Feathers, Lower Legs
  • 1. Drybrush rooster with (3:1) mixture of Terra Cotta + Alizarin Crimson using #2 or #4 filbert. Begin with head and work down toward bottom of neck and back feathers. With dirty brush, highlight painted areas with (2:1) mixture of above combination + Marigold. Continue highlighting with Marigold + Primary Yellow, then Primary Yellow, and finally Bright Yellow. As layers of color progress, the highlighted area should become smaller.
  • 2. Paint beak and legs with Step 1 mixture using #2 liner.
  • Body and Legs
  • 1. Drybrush body and legs with (2:1) mixture of Avocado + Festive Green with touch of Alizarin Crimson. Highlight progressive layers as before toward front side of body and legs with Festive Green, Festive Green + Yellow Green, and Yellow Green.
  • 2. Drybrush bottom of body area and backs of legs with (2:1) mixture of Ultramarine Blue + Calypso Blue plus touch of Alizarin Crimson. Highlight front of these areas with Calypso Blue, then again with Indian Turquoise. Float shade Dioxazine Purple to separate front leg from body and top of legs under back feathers with ½" angular shader.
  • Comb, Wattle, and Eye
  • 1. Undercoat all areas with (2:1) mixture of Alizarin Crimson + White, then basecoat True Red.
  • 2. Drybrush highlights in progressive layers with (2:1) mixture of True Red + Primary Yellow, then Primary Yellow, and again with Bright Yellow.
  • 3. Drybrush highlight (2:1) mixture of True Red + Primary Yellow. Dot eye with Lamp Black; let dry. Line over top of eye Lamp Black and highlight pupil with tiny dot of Snow White.
  • 4. Drybrush shading (3:1) mixture of Black Plum + Alizarin Crimson over top of head below comb and over and under eye area. Drybrush shade slightly below eye area, pulling color down between long neck feathers. Float shade mixture below eye area and to back side of wattle.
  • Tailfeathers
  • 1. For green feathers, drybrush first set with (2:1) mixture of Avocado + Festive Green plus touch of Alizarin Crimson. Highlight Festive Green + Yellow Green on outer edges of feathers, bringing color toward center of feathers. Highlight Yellow Green on tips of feathers. Let dry.
  • 2. Transfer curly feather pattern over other feathers with graphite paper. Drybrush curly feathers with (2:1) mixture Avocado + Festive Green. Highlight with (2:1) mixture Yellow Green + Festive Green. Final highlight with (3:1) mixture Yellow Green + Snow White.
  • 3. Float shade (2:1) mixture of Avocado + Festive Green plus touch of Alizarin Crimson and touch of Lamp Black around inside and outside of curly feathers and to separate feathers going over and under each other.
  • 4. For blue feathers, drybrush (2:1) mixture of Ultramarine Blue + Calypso Blue plus touch of Alizarin Crimson using #2 liner. Highlight Calypso, then Indian Turquoise.
  • 5. Drybrush shading at bottom of feathers Dioxazine Purple.
  • 6. For red feathers, paint and drybrush with color mixture from comb/wattle/eye areas.
  • Moon
  • 1. Stipple moon (3:1) mixture of Terra Cotta + Alizarin Crimson. Pick up Primary Yellow on brush; lighten area toward front edge of moon.
  • 2. Drybrush moon ray lines mixture of Terra Cotta + Alizarin Crimson using #6 liner. Lighten rays with Primary Yellow, starting at tips and pulling color toward moon. Lighten again with Bright Yellow.
  • 3. Tap in graduating dots along rays Primary Yellow using stylus. Let dry.
  • 4. Drybrush wiggly lines across outer edge of moon Primary Yellow; lighten with Bright Yellow.
  • 5. Float shade (3:1) mixture of Black Plum + Alizarin Crimson along back edge of moon and over top of moon rays. Float True Red to brighten this area.
  • Scrolls
  • 1. Line in scrolls with undercoat, basecoat, and drybrush with same colors used in comb/wattle/eye Steps 1 and 2.
  • 2. Tap in graduating dots True Red; let dry. Tap smaller dot on top Primary Yellow. Float shade background color over back edges of scrolls next to border.
  • Blue Border
  • 1. Paint border (2:1) mixture of Ultramarine Blue + Calypso Blue plus touch of Dioxazine Purple using #2 flat. Drybrush along border with Calypso Blue using #2 filbert, then lighten with Indian Turquoise.
  • 2. Paint stripes with Festive Green using #2 flat. Tap dots on top Yellow Green.
  • 3. Outline both sides of border with Ultramarine Blue.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Remove any remaining graphite lines using eraser.
  • 2. Stipple lightly thinned Alizarin Crimson around rooster and on side edges of canvas. Stipple True Red on top to brighten. Let dry.
  • 3. Seal with varnish. Let dry.
  • Tip
  • 1. Each brush has its own purpose: filberts for drybrushing; angular shaders for floating shade and highlight; mops soften water edges on floats; liners for drybrushing, small details, and outlining. Use the appropriate-size brush for the area you are working on.
  • 2. Drybrushing applies paint in gradual layers to build color up and add texture to an area. To drybrush, load brush with paint (and no water) and blot on paper towel to remove excess. Touch brush to surface with light pressure and skim across area, repeating several times to achieve the desired look.