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pumpkin patch floor cloth
by Donna Dewberry


PUMPKIN PATCH FLOOR CLOTH
By Donna Dewberry

SURFACE
-Vinyl Flooring 36" x 24", Available at Home Depot

Palette
FolkArt Acrylic Colors
-420 Linen               
-924 Thicket          
-903 Tapioca          
-901 Wicker White          
-736 School Bus Yellow     

FolkArt Artists' Pigment
-628 Pure Orange          
-943 Burnt Sienna          

Brushes
FolkArt One Stroke™ Brushes
-1" Flat
-3/4" Flat
-12 Flat
-6 Flat
-2 Script Liner

Additional Supplies:
-FolkArt Floating Medium #868
-FolkArt One Stroke Sponge Painters #1195
-String
-Scissors
-Pencil
Cardboard 36" x 26"
-Yard Stick
-Water Based Varnish #791

Preparation
We will be working on the bottom side of the flooring. Measure and mark the center line of the 36" sides of the cardboard. Cut a 1" slot in the one edge on the center line. Lay the vinyl flooring with the bottom surface up, on top of the cardboard. Line the center of the flooring up with the center of the cardboard. Tie a knot in the end of the string and secure in the slot that was cut in the cardboard. Stretch the string over to one corner of the flooring that is on the same side as the slot. Wrap the string around the pencil so that the tip of the pencil is even with the corner. Holding the pencil and string securely in one hand and the knot in place with the other hand, swing the pencil around in an arc ending at the other corner.  See the diagram. Cut the flooring along this line.
Base coat with two coats of Tapioca allowing drying time between coats. Dampen the larger of the two Sponge Painters, wringing out most of the water. You want the sponge to be slightly damp not wet. Load the round side of the sponge with Floating Medium then double load with Thicket and Linen. Apply the paint using a swirling motion to a area of about 8" square and then pick up fresh paint and lightly pounce to remove the swirl lines. Work quickly to avoid obvious overlapping edges between the sections.  
Allow to completely dry and then trace and transfer the pattern if needed.

PAINTING INSTRUCTIONS
Refer to the color worksheet for detailed  painting instructions and practice.

Ribbon and Bow:
Double load the 1" flat brush with Pure Orange and School Bus Yellow. Add a touch of Burnt Sienna to the Pure Orange side of the brush and a touch of Wicker White to the School Bus Yellow side, blend well. Work in a lot of Floating Medium but make sure the brush is fully loaded with paint first. Paint the loops of the bow first by starting on the chisel edge of the brush with the School Bus Yellow angled toward the knot, push down as you slide the brush downward, and then lift to the chisel at the bottom of the loop as you flip the brush turning the Pure Orange side up to the knot. Paint all four loops in this manner and then paint the ribbon. When painting the ribbon push the brush down at the thicker parts and then lift to the chisel for the thinner parts. Using the same brush and colors add two "C" strokes for the knot.

Pumpkins:
Double load the 1" flat brush with Pure Orange and School Bus Yellow. Add a touch of Burnt Sienna to the Pure Orange side of the brush and a touch of Wicker White to the School Bus Yellow side, blend well. Work in a lot of Floating Medium but make sure the brush is fully loaded with paint first. Using the flat side of the brush and keeping the Pure Orange/Burnt Sienna to the outer edge; paint the "C" strokes that make up the pumpkins.  Start with the outer strokes first and then overlap more "C" stroke as you work towards the center. Paint the center stroke with one continuous teardrop shape.

Stems, Leaves and Curlicues:
Double load the 1" flat brush with Thicket and Fresh Foliage, add a touch of Burnt Sienna to the Fresh Foliage side to soften the brightness. Work some Floating Medium into the brush and blend well. Using the chisel edge of the brush and leading with the Fresh Foliage side; paint the vines located throughout the design. Using the same brush and colors and keeping the Thicket to the outer edge paint the large leaves by wiggling out and in on one side and then using the sliding technique for the other side. Pull a stem into each leaf as soon as you paint it by using the chisel edge of the brush and leading with the Fresh Foliage side. Using the same brush and colors; paint large one-stroke leaves around the stem area on the largest pumpkin to form a kind of crown or calyx and then paint the larger one stroke leaves located throughout the design. Still using the same brush and colors; pull a stem for the largest pumpkin by touching on the chisel edge and pushing down then lift back to the chisel as you slide upward. Double load the 3/4" flat brush with Thicket and Fresh Foliage, add a touch of Burnt Sienna to the Fresh Foliage side to soften the brightness. Work some Floating Medium into the brush and blend well.
Keeping the Thicket to the outer edge paint the smaller leaves by wiggling out and in on one side and then using the sliding technique for the other side. Pull a stem into each leaf as soon as you paint it by using the chisel edge of the brush and leading with the Fresh Foliage side. Using the same brush and colors; paint the one stroke leaves around the stem area for the smaller pumpkins and paint the smaller one stroke leaves located through out the design. Still using the same brush and colors; pull a stem for the smaller pumpkins by touching on the chisel edge and pushing down then lift back to the chisel as you slide upward. Wipe this brush on a paper towel to remove most of the paint and then work a lot of Floating Medium into the dirty brush until you see a transparent color.  Wipe the excess paint off on the edge of the plate. You will use this puddle at the edge of the plate to reload the brush with the transparent color. Using the flat side of the brush paint the shadow-like transparent leaves located throughout the design. Load the #2 script liner brush with inky Thicket, using the tip of the brush and using your pinky finger for stability, paint some curlicues to mimic new growth throughout the design. Sign your name with the #2 script liner brush loaded with inky Thicket.

Finishing:
Allow to completely dry then brush on several coats of the water based varnish. Allow ample drying time between the coats.

Note: The Blossoms and the Dragon fly that are shown on the plate are not on the floor cloth to variation to the design.  You can add them to the floor cloth if you desire.

Blossoms:
Double load the #12 flat brush with Wicker White and School Bus Yellow. Using the flat side of the brush and keeping the Wicker White to the outer edge; paint the teardrop strokes that form the blossoms. Make sure they connect in the center. Dip the tip of the #2 script liner brush into Thicket; dot the centers of the blossoms and then dot the centers with School Bus Yellow.

Dragon Fly:
Load the #12 flat brush with Wicker White. Holding the brush at a diagonal, push down and slide coming back up to the chisel edge to form the wings for the dragon fly. Double load the #6 flat brush with Thicket and Fresh Foliage. Paint the body for the dragon fly by touching on the chisel, pushing down slightly and then lifting back to the chisel. Push down harder at the head area and use less pressure as you work towards the tail. Load the #2 script liner brush with inky Thicket, using the tip of the brush; pain the antennae.