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Hydrangea Charger
By Donna Lee Parella, O.S.C.I.
13" Diameter glass charger plate, available from Wal-Mart
Folk-Art Acrylic Colors
404 Periwinkle
914 Thicket
918 Yellow Light (AP)
636 Red Violet
463 Dioxazine Purple (AP)
934 Plum Pudding
903 Wicker White
904 Lemonade
658 Metallic Antique Gold
693 Glazing Medium
Folk-Art One Stroke Brushes
#6 Filbert
#10 Flat or Plaid 3/8" Angular Brush
#2 Script Liner
Folk Art Matte Acrylic Sealer
Rustoleum Frosted Glass
Small sea sponge
Using alcohol and a paper towel, wipe down both sides of the charger plate. Spray two heavy coats of Frosted Glass on both sides of the charger plate. Allow the plate to cure.
Dampen a small sea sponge; the sponge should be damp not dripping wet. Tap into some Wicker White, then randomly sponge around the plate, leaving openings so that you can still see the frosted glass. Using a clean edge of the sponge, push the paint around in a swirling motion. Make sure you do not swirl the paint around all in the same direction.
Load the sponge with white again. This time, tap some white randomly around the plate. This will give you a white on white effect. Allow your background to dry at least a few hours before spraying with two light coats of the Folk Art-Matte finish. You are now ready to transfer your pattern.
Tips: When referring to the Angular Brush, I use the terms "Heel" and Toe". The "Heel" being the longer edge of the brush and the "Toe" being the shorter edge.
(Refer to color worksheet throughout)
Double-load a #10 Flat or a 3/8" Angular with Dioxazine Purple and Red Violet. If using the Angular, put Dioxazine Purple to the heel of the angular and Red Violet to the toe. If using the flat brush, keep the darker value at the bottom of the brush throughout. Load Wicker White to the toe and blend your brush in on your palette. Base coat your Roses and allow them to dry.
Load a 3/8" Angular with Red Violet, working it in on your palette. Next, load Wicker White to the toe a few times to get your mix a lighter shade of violet. Touch the "Toe" of the Angular into Glazing medium and work it in on your palette. Create your Rose petals as shown on the color work sheet.
Shading is done with Red Violet and a slight amount of Dioxazine Purple. Highlight using a small amount of Red Violet and Wicker White.
Double-load a #6 Filbert with Dioxazine Purple and Red Violet. Touch the brush into a small amount of Glazing medium. Petal in your Hydrangea pattern using 1, 2, 3 and 4 petals at a time. Go on to the next Hydrangea, using the same method.
Load a #6 Filbert Brush with Dioxazine Purple, Red violet and white to make this mix a few shades lighter. Load your brush with a small amount of Glazing Medium. Create 1,2,3 and 4 petals as shown on your color worksheet.
When creating the Hydrangea using this method, it is best to wipe out your brush to reload different shades, such as Red violet, and Plum Pudding, Red Violet and Wicker White, or Dioxazine Purple and Wicker White or a combination of them all. Using different colors in this hydrangea and keeping them from getting muddy will give you a vibrant looking Hydrangea!
Shadowing Effect:
Load a small sea sponge with Red Violet and Glazing Medium and tap in darker values under the hydrangeas and roses as shown in the photo.
Large Leaves:
Load a #10 Flat or 3/8" Angular Brush with Periwinkle to the Toe and Thicket to the heel. Load with Glazing Medium to the Toe and work it in on your palette. Create your leaves as placed using your pattern and color worksheet as your guide.
Small Shadow Leaves:
Load a #6 Filbert with Periwinkle and Glazing Medium, keeping this mix more transparent. Create small One Stroke leaves as shown on the color worksheet.
Small Highlight Leaves:
These leaves are used as an added accent for this piece. Load a #6 filbert with Lemonade and Glazing Medium. When doing these strokes, do not push down very hard as you paint so you keep them small. A good tip is to use the side of the filbert.
Rim of Charger Plate:
Load a #10 Flat with Antique Metallic Gold and lay the paint on the flat edge of the rim and paint around the outside edge.
Hydrangea Centers:
Touch the end of a script liner into Yellow Light and dab the centers of the hydrangea flowers that have four petals.
I like to run some of the colors through the project such as the yellow. You can do this by loading a small amount of yellow and glazing medium to the #6 Filbert. Touch on the leaves and maybe a few Hydrangea petals to highlight. You can do the same with any of the other darker values to shade, or any of the lighter values to highlight.
Allow the plate to cure at least 24 hours. Spray a few coats of Folk-Art Matte Sealer. This plate is for decorative décor only. Many people use these decorative plates by purchasing another Glass Charger to use on top of it.
Donna Lee Parella lives in Middlesex County, New Jersey with her two beautiful Teenagers and her Sweetie Chris.
Donna Lee started painting seriously about four years ago. She discovered Donna Dewberry and her technique of One Stroke on the Christopher Lowell Show. As she watched Donna create her rosebuds, she knew she just had to learn how to paint them. Donna Lee started to play around with the One Stroke technique and found a hidden talent she never knew she had.
Donna Lee’s Hydrangea Topiary Project is featured on the front cover of "Painting" Magazine’s February 2003 Issue. She will also have a project featured in Donna Dewberry’s next issue of "One Day Decorating" and two projects in Donna’s upcoming book, "Donna Presents". So please keep your eyes out for them. Donna Lee will be teaching two projects at Donna Dewberry’s BEE in Orlando, March 2003. You can find the classes listed on the Http:// website.
Donna Lee has recently started providing small seminars and private lessons in her home studio. She has listings for upcoming seminars on her website.
Donna Lee Parella, O.S.C.I.
916 Arlington Ave.
South Plainfield, NJ 07080