by Donna Dewberry
By Donna Dewberry
- Canvas 30" x 10" Primed and Stretched -Available from Dewberry Designs, Inc.
FolkArt Acrylic Colors
-901 Wicker White
-736 School Bus Yellow
-945 Maple Syrup
-427 Ivory White
-939 Butter Pecan
FolkArt Artists' Pigments
-628 Pure Orange
-462 Burnt Umber
-943 Burnt Sienna
-917 Yellow Ochre
-485 Raw Umber
FolkArt ONE Stroke™ Brushes
-Script Liner #2
-53501 Neutral Glaze
-1195 ONE Stroke Sponge Painter
-Stylus or Pencil
Trace and transfer the pattern if needed.
(Refer to Color Worksheets throughout but use the colors listed under each step.)
Moisten the large sponge painter with water; wring out most of the water. The sponge should be slightly damp not wet. Squirt a small puddle of the following colors around a foam plate. Pure Orange, Ivory White, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre and Butter Pecan. Load the round side of the sponge painter with the Neutral Glaze, then pull a touch of Ivory White and Yellow Ochre onto the sponge; begin to apply the paint onto the canvas using a swirling motion. Alternate which colors you pick up. The idea is to create a soft autumn toned background. Allow the surface to dry completely before proceeding.
Double load the 1½" flat brush with Pure Orange and a touch of Wicker White.
Using the flat side of the brush, fill in the pumpkin. Work a touch of floating medium into the brush if the strokes feel like they are pulling or if you get dry edges. Make sure the brush is fully loaded with paint before you add any Floating Medium. Using the same brush; load a touch of Burnt Sienna onto the Pure Orange side of the brush. Keeping the Burnt Sienna to the outer edge add some shading to define the pumpkin's segments. Double load the 3/4" flat brush with Thicket and School Bus Yellow. Keeping the Thicket to the outer edge and using the flat side of the brush, outline the stem. Then fill in by using the chisel edge of the brush. Double load the 3/4" flat brush with Burnt Umber and Floating Medium; keeping the Burnt Umber to the edge closest to the pumpkin, add shading around the pumpkin and around the stem. Double load the #12 flat brush with Burnt Umber and Floating Medium. Using the flat side of the brush and keeping the Burnt Umber to the outer edge, add a loose circular shape on the top of the stem.
Vines and Leaves:
Double load the 3/4" flat brush with Burnt Umber and Wicker White. Using the chisel edge of the brush and leading with the Wicker White, pull the vines that are winding around the pumpkin. Add a few tendrils growing off of the vine.
Double load the #8 flat brush with Thicket and School Bus Yellow. Using the flat side of the brush; paint the ONE Stroke™ leaves. Occasionally pick up Burnt Umber instead of School Bus Yellow to add variation to the leaves.
Blossoms and Curlicues:
Double load the #8 flat brush with Wicker White and Yellow Ochre; using the flat side of the brush and keeping the Wicker White to the outer edge, paint the petals that form the flowers. Stroke the tip of the #2 script liner through the puddle of Burnt Umber and dot the centers of the blossoms. Stroke the #2 script liner through School Bus Yellow and add more dots to the centers of the blossoms. Load the #2 script liner with inky Burnt Umber; using the tip of the brush paint the curlicues throughout the design.
Double load the #8 flat brush with Yellow Ochre and School Bus Yellow; using the flat side of the brush paint the bodies for the bees. The bodies are done just like a ONE Stroke™ leaf. Load the #2 script liner with inky Licorice; paint the stripes on the bodies. Using the same brush, paint the head and the antennae. Add a dot to the end of each antenna. Still using the #2 script liner and inky Licorice, paint a trail behind each of the bees. Double load the #8 flat brush with Wicker White and a touch of Raw Umber. Paint the wings for the bees. The wings are done just like ONE Stroke™ leaves.
Allow the surface to dry completely. It is not necessary to seal the surface, however you can seal with it with water based acrylic varnish such as #791 FolkArt Waterbased Varnish.