monkey & banannas
by Donna Dewberry
By Donna Dewberry
-Canvas 14" x 18" Primed and Stretched- Available from Dewberry Designs, Inc,
FolkArt Acrylic Colors
-939 Butter Pecan
-901 Wicker White
-736 School Bus Yellow
-945 Maple Syrup
FolkArt Artists' Pigments
-462 Burnt Umber
-943 Burnt Sienna
-917 Yellow Ochre
-918 Yellow Light
-485 Raw Umber
FolkArt ONE Stroke™ Brushes
-Script Liner #2
-868 Floating Medium
-590 Antiquing Brown
-Clean Cloth Towel
-Stylus or Pencil
Trace and transfer the pattern to the canvas if needed.
(Refer to color worksheet throughout)
Double load the 3/4" flat brush with Burnt Umber and Butter Pecan. Using the flat side of the brush; stroke the main branch. Turn the brush to lead with the Butter Pecan as you near the end of the branch. Add a few smaller branches growing off of the main branch. To paint these additional branches; start on the main branch and begin the stroke, then veer off to one side or the other.
Double load the 3/4" flat brush with Yellow Light and Wicker White. Keeping the Yellow Light to the outside and using the flat side of the brush; fill in the bananas.
Using the same brush, add more Wicker White and a touch more of the Yellow Light and then using the flat side of the brush paint the inside of the two peels.
Still using the same brush and the flat side of the brush; paint the "meat" of the banana. Add a touch of Yellow Ochre to the Wicker White side of the dirty brush and add a touch of shading on the banana skins. Load the 3/4" flat brush with Floating Medium, then side load a touch of Burnt Umber; keeping the Burnt Umber to the edges of the bananas; add a touch of shading to outline the bananas and to distinguish one banana from the other. Load the #6 flat brush with Burnt Umber; using the flat side of the brush, paint the bottom of the bananas. Using the same brush and the same color; staying on the chisel edge, pull the longer strokes from the banana outward to form the stems.
Load the scruffy brush with Butter Pecan. Using a swirling motion, fill in the body area. Using the same brush, add a touch of Raw Umber to one side of the brush. Keeping the Raw Umber to the outside edge; pounce the body area to cover the swirl lines. Using the same brush and colors, pounce to fill in the tail, top of head and arms. Double load the 3/4" flat brush with Butter Pecan and Burnt Umber, keeping the Burnt Umber to the outer edge and using the flat side of the brush; stroke the outer ear and then the inner ear. Double load the scruffy with Butter Pecan and Burnt Umber, keeping the Burnt Umber to the outer edge pounce the side of the head that it seems to appear in front of the ear. Add a touch of this darker shade above the ear also. Double load the 3/4" flat brush with Raw Umber and Butter Pecan. Keeping the Raw Umber to the outer edge and using the flat side of the brush, stroke the face. Reload the same brush with the same colors and stroke the muzzle. Still using the same brush and colors, fill in the hands and fingers. Double load the #12 flat brush with Raw Umber and Butter Pecan. Staying up on the chisel edge; paint little "C" strokes to detail the fingers. Load the #8 flat brush with Wicker White; fill in the eyes. Load the #6 flat brush with Maple Syrup and fill in the irises. Dip the handle of the #6 flat brush into Licorice and place a dot for the pupils. Load the #6 flat brush with Licorice; paint two ONE Stroke leaves for the nostrils. Load the #2 script liner with inky Burnt Umber. Outline the face, muzzle, eyes, and nostrils. Also add a line for the mouth and accent lines for the ear and around the knuckles. Stroke the clean #2 script liner through Wicker White; add highlights to the nostrils, and the eyes. Double load the 3/4" flat brush with Burnt Umber and Floating Medium; keeping the Burnt Umber to the edge of each element; add shading around the head, on one side of the face, around the tail and in a few other areas where more depth is needed.
Double load the 1½" flat brush with Thicket and Yellow Light; using the flat side of the brush, stroke the large leaves that have a wiggle shape on one side and a slide technique on the other side. Pull a stem into each leaf as soon as you finish stoking both sides by using the chisel edge of the brush and leading with the Yellow Light. Using the same brush and the same colors; paint the ONE Stroke™ leaves located throughout the design. Pull a stem into each leaf by using the chisel edge of the brush and leading with the Yellow Light. Wipe the brush on a paper towel and then work some floating medium into the brush to achieve a transparent color. Then wipe the brush on the edge of the plate to remove the excess paint. You will use this puddle to reload the brush. Using the flat side of the brush, stroke the shadow leaves to fill in the design.
Allow the surface to dry completely. Squirt a puddle of the Antiquing Polish on to the canvas. Using a dry soft cloth; spread around the surface. Turn the cloth over or use a different cloth to remove as much or as little as desired for a weathered antiqued look and to tint the unpainted portions of the canvas.