Supplies & Tools:
DecoArt Americana Decor® Stencils: Brocade Motif
DecoArt Americana® Stencils: Kaleidoscope Accent (5" x 7")
DecoArt Media® Fluid Acrylics:
- Burnt Umber
- Carbon Black
- English Red Oxide
- Quinacridone Violet
- Titanium White
- Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
- Hansa Yellow Medium
DecoArt Media® Specialty Products: White Modeling Paste
DecoArt® Painting Accessories: Americana Palette Knives and Texture Tools Set (palette knife)
12" x 12" canvas
Tracing & transfer paper
#3 round brush
1" flat brush
#2 round brush
¼” flat brush
Assorted scrapbook paper
Small polka dot stencil
Stencil with various size dots
NOTE: Allow to dry completely between painting steps.
- Rip up some scrapbook paper to decoupage to canvas front. (Use fairly neutral colors because paper will show through slightly.) You don't have to cover whole canvas. (I used paper with handwriting on it.)
- Use White Modeling Paste and palette knife to create texture around edge of canvas front. Where Modeling Paste is a little thick, carve into it with handle of paintbrush.
- Use Kaleidoscope Accent Stencil, Modeling Paste, and palette knife to apply stencils in about four places on canvas. (Avoid middle where the dog will be.)
- Double-load 1" flat brush with Titanium White and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide and cover canvas face. Make sure brush is wet so that you don't completely cover scrapbook papers. Paint sides of canvas. Add a little English Red Oxide to brush and paint around edge of canvas face.
- Print out pattern and transfer it to canvas with tracing & transfer papers and pencil.
- Mix (1) part Burnt Umber with (2) parts Titanium White. Fill in dog’s face and body with mix using ¼” flat brush. Save mix for later steps. Dip brush into English Red Oxide and shade lightly on edges of dog with it. Add a little Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide and repeat. Keep shading until you like effect.
- Add more Titanium White to Burnt Umber/Titanium White mix from step 6 and use it to stencil some Kaleidoscopes onto dog with cosmetic sponge, placing six or seven of them randomly. Mix (2) parts Titanium White with (1) part English Red Oxide and use cosmetic sponge to stencil Kaleidoscope on dog. (Refer to photo for placement.)
- Mix (1) part Burnt Umber, (1) part Titanium White, and dab of Carbon Black. Use mix and #3 round brush to fill in ears and cheeks. Add more Carbon Black to make darker color to shade cheeks. Add a little more Carbon Black and fill in nose. Give highlight to nose with Burnt Umber/Titanium White mix from step 6.
- Mix (1) part Quinacridone Violet with (3) parts Titanium White to fill in eye spot with #3 round brush. Add a little more Titanium White to add dimension. Use original Quinacridone Violet/Titanium White mix to fill in tongue.
- Use a little Hansa Yellow Medium and #2 round brush to add a few color accents on dog.
- Fill in crown with English Red Oxide and ¼” flat brush.
- When it's dry, lay portion of Brocade Motif Stencil over crown. Add a little more Titanium White to English Red Oxide and use cosmetic sponge to stencil pattern onto crown.
- Use #2 round brush and Burnt Umber to add line work around dog and crown. Add a few motion lines where you want them, freckles to cheeks, and lines of dots on canvas. (I did this in three places. Refer to photo.)
- Lay numbers stencil on canvas in about three places near edge. Dab over stencil with cosmetic sponge and English Red Oxide.
- Use small polka dot stencil and various size dots stencil to add interest to background, stenciling with cosmetic sponge and Burnt Umber. (Don't use a lot of paint so stencils are very light.)
- Using #3 round brush, paint scallops around sides of canvas with English Red Oxide.
- Use #2 round brush and Burnt Umber to outline scallops and add dot to center of each one.
It is not necessary to wash the brush when doing mixed media unless I use very dark color. I let one color blend into next.