Haunting Halloween Express

By  Karen Wisner 

  • Haunting Halloween Express
  • Closeup View


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Antique Mauve, Avocado, Burnt Orange, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow, Dark Chocolate, Deep Midnight Blue, Dioxozine Purple, Evergreen, Grape Juice, Graphite, Grey Sky, Hauser Medium Green, Honey Brown, Lamp (Ebony) Black, Light Buttermilk, Light French Blue, Milk Chocolate, Moon Yellow, Neutral Grey, Sapphire, Snow (Titanium) White, Tangerine
  • Brushes: FM Dynasty: Black Gold, Series 206: Round, #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8; Script, #20/0, #10/0, #5/0; Shader, #14; Flat Wash, 3/4", 1"; Fabric Round, Series B1500, #4, #8; Decorator Collection: Mini Mop, Series 400, 1/4", 3/8"
  • DecoArt: Americana Acrylic Sealer/ Finisher, Matte; DuraClear Varnish, Matte
  • Arched Fence (#100824) from Cabin Crafters

Pattern - Haunting Halloween Express

  • Preparation
  • 1. Sand surface; wipe dust. Basecoat all three panels Lt. Buttermilk, let dry, then repeat two more times. Let dry. Sand lightly; wipe dust.
  • 2. Print out patterns; transfer basic pattern lines onto surfaces. (Transfer details as needed.)
  • Artist's Tips
  • 1. Use rounds to basecoat. Use 5/0 script liner to paint vines, 10/0 script liner to paint grass and larger details, and 20/0 script liner to paint small detail lines. Use shader and flat wash brushes to float color, shade, and highlight. Use mops to blend floated colors. Use fabric rounds to dry brush. Use stylus to make small dots. Refer to pattern as a guide for shading (///) and highlighting (...).
  • Basecoating
  • 1. Use following colors to base: Cadmium Yellow: moon, inner window areas, inside house door, engine's front light; Graphite: witch, bats, Pumpkin Pete's hat and coat; Tangerine: pumpkins; Honey Brown: wood tracks; Grey Sky: rocks; Sapphire: engineer's hat (Note: If there is no basecoat color for an area, color will be floated later)
  • Background
  • 1. Float sky Lt. French Blue. Float grass Hauser Med. Green; deepen shading on background areas with Honey Brown. Use Milk Chocolate to float trees and to paint detailing; deepen shading with Dk. Chocolate. (Note: Set panels side-by-side to make final shades as even as possible.)
  • 2. Paint grass blades Evergreen. Shade moon Burnt Orange. Float clouds Snow White; float over white with Grape Juice. (Note: When floating clouds, smaller bats are "background" bats, so go over them with clouds.) Highlight larger bats Grey Sky. Shade rocks Graphite; float Honey Brown. Shade train tracks Dk. Chocolate; add detail cracks and lines. Deepen track shading with Graphite.
  • Pumpkins & Large Leaves
  • 1. Shade pumpkins Burnt Sienna; dry brush highlights Moon Yellow. Float leaf coloring Avocado then float some edges Burnt Orange; use Evergreen to deepen shading and to paint detail lines.
  • Ghosts
  • 1. Shade Honey Brown; deepen shading on darkest areas with Milk Chocolate. Dry brush cheeks Antique Mauve. Use Lamp Black to paint eyes and mouth. Add Milk Chocolate chin line under mouth.
  • Train Engine Panel
  • 1. Use Neutral Grey to float grey engine coloring, connecting bars, and wheels; add details on engine. Shade grey engine areas, bars, and wheels Graphite; add wheel spokes and bars. Float purple areas on engine Grape Juice; add detailing. Add Graphite dots on engine. Float roof panel coloring Milk Chocolate; add detailing. Use Dk. Chocolate to deepen roof shading; dot nails. Use Honey Brown to float grey and purple areas of engine, and wheels. Use Lt. Buttermilk to highlight wheels; dry brush engine. Shade front light Burnt Orange; highlight Lt. Buttermilk. Use Snow White to dry brush area in front of light; add highlight line to light. Use Cadmium Yellow to add light ray lines.
  • 2. Add Lt. Buttermilk lines to hat; shade hat Deep Midnight Blue and dry brush Lt. Buttermilk highlights. Dot scarf Burnt Orange. Float scarf coloring Sapphire.
  • 3. Paint candle flame Burnt Orange; shade Honey Brown and highlight Cadmium Yellow. Use Snow White to highlight candle and to add highlight line to flame; dry brush around candle flame. Use Cadmium Yellow to paint light lines around flame.
  • 4. Paint pumpkin noses Cadmium Yellow. Paint Lamp Black eyes and eyebrows. Paint vines Dk. Chocolate and tiny leaves Avocado; dot berries Burnt Orange. Add Lamp Black movement lines. Paint eyeballs in window Lamp Black; dot nose Burnt Orange. Use Snow White to dry brush smoke coming from pumpkin stack; paint stars, lines, and make dots.
  • Spooky House Panel
  • 1. Use Grape Juice to float house coloring; add detailing. (Note: Lighter purple areas have one layer of float and darker areas have two float layers.) Use Milk Chocolate to float roof panels, window frames, and flat bed under house; add detailing. Lightly float Milk Chocolate over purple house areas. Use Burnt Orange to shade windows and open area of door. Use Dk. Chocolate to deepen roof and window frames; dot nails.
  • 2. Use Neutral Grey to float smoke stack coloring and connecting bars; shade with Graphite. Paint wheels in same manner as Train Engine Panel. Use Milk Chocolate to paint window dividers; float color onto smoke stack for slight rusty appearance. Use Graphite to paint hole on smoke stack; add dots. Use Dioxazine Purple to deepen shading on purple areas of house; dot nails. Use Snow White to dry brush smoke coming from stack; paint stars, lines, and make dots. Paint cracks and lines on windows with Snow White.
  • 3. Use Graphite to paint buttons on Pumpkin Pete; use Grey Sky to highlight buttons, hat, and coat. Paint stick arms Lt. Buttermilk. Paint inner sticks Milk Chocolate. Use Lamp Black to paint face features. Paint eyes in window and door, and vines and leaves in same manner as Train Engine Panel. Use Lamp Black to paint hinges and door handle; add movement lines.
  • Ghost Caboose Panel
  • 1. Use Milk Chocolate to float stem coloring; add detailing. Deepen stem shading with Dk. Chocolate. Use Grape Juice to float window frame coloring; add details. Deepen window frame shading with Dioxazine Purple, then float Milk Chocolate for a slight dirty appearance. Shade window Burnt Orange. Follow previous instructions to paint eyes and nose in window, vines, leaves, flat bed, connecting bars, wheels, and movement lines. Add Evergreen. Grass blades to all panels.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Apply finisher over painted surfaces; let dry and repeat. For added protection, brush on thin varnish layer. Assemble panels using hinges and screws.
  • Tip
  • 1. Convert this pattern into a fabulous floor cloth or how about the focal point of a table runner?