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step-by-step:
framed holly doves
by Donna Dewberry


Step 1 Sketch out your birds for placement so you can weave in and out between them when painting your ribbon.

Step 2 Double load the angle brush with Inca Gold and a touch of Berry Wine and Floating Medium.

Start on chisel, lay flat.

Step 3 Come back to the chisel edge.

Step 4 Lean bristles to opposite side leading with heel of brush and Inca Gold.

Step 5 Paint ribbon for garland woven through.

Step 6 Double load the angle brush with Thicket and Inca Gold. On the chisel, leading with heel of brush and Inca Gold paint your vines through the ribbon.

Step 7 Pick up more Inca Gold; on the chisel of the brush leading with the toe of the brush and Inca Gold, paint pine needles.

Step 8 Load the #16 flat brush with Inca Bold Berry Wine and a touch of Thicket. With the Thicket to the outer edge, paint holly.

Step 9 Finish painting holly and pine needles.

Step 10 Birds - Load the #16 flat brush with Wicker White and side load Butter Pecan. With Wicker White to the outer edge, paint the outer wings by starting on the chisel edge leading with the Wicker White to pull feathers.

Step 11 To paint the second layer of feathers, you can reverse the brush to lead with Butter Pecan, if feathers are not showing. Layer strokes in different sizes.
Step 12 Pick up a touch of Raw Umber on the Butter Pecan side. Add darker tone feathers.

Step 13 With Butter Pecan to the outer edge, paint upper part of the head and follow stroke all the way out to tail area.

Step 14 Paint the cheek and follow stroke to paint the bottom part of body down to the tail.

Step 15 Now paint front wing.

Step 16 Repeat steps on the chisel to paint the feathers on the wing.  Refer to steps 11 and 12, layering feathers.

Step 17 Using the same chisel strokes; paint the feathers to create tail.


Step 18 Pick up a touch of Inca Gold and add additional feather strokes to bring the metallic to the bird.

Step 19 Load the #2 script liner brush with Raw Umber. Dab eye.

Step 20 Load the #2 flat brush with Butter Pecan and Raw Umber. Paint beak.

Step 21 Load the #6 flat brush with Engine Red and side load with Berry Wine. With Berry Wine to outer edge, paint berries.

Step 22 Side load and pick up a touch of Inca Gold while wet and add highlights to berries.

Add some holly and pine needles in front of birds so that it gives the illusion that one bird is near and the other a little farther away.

Curlicues Load the #2 script liner brush with inky Burnt Umber. Paint curlicues.

Shading- Load the #12 flat brush with Floating Medium and side load Burnt Umber. With Burnt Umber toward design, add shading under leaves, around body of bird and separating the leaves.