PICK A PAIR
By Cindy Sgroi, OSCI
-12 x 18” Stiffened “Eazy Felt (Purple and Yellow), available at Michaels Arts and Crafts Store.
FolkArt Acrylic Metallics
-656 Blue Sapphire
-493 Bright Red
-659 Pearl White
-660 Pure Gold
-661 Sequin Black
-652 Rose Shimmer
-651 Blue Topaz
FolkArt Artists’ Pigment Color
-503 Yellow Citron
FolkArt Apple Barrel Colors
-20490 Neon Yellow
-20491 Neon Green
FolkArt ONE Stroke™ Brushes
-Thirty, 1 ½” wooden discs available at Michaels Arts and Crafts Store.
-White Craft Glue
-775 FolkArt Lacquer Gloss Finish
-Pen or Marker
To Make Game Board:
On the wrong side of your yellow felt, measure 2 inches in along each side, and make a dot every few inches as you measure down each side. Use your ruler to draw a straight line, connecting the dots to give you a guide to cut out. You want to have a frame to glue on top of the purple game board. Cut out the center of the yellow felt. Glue the yellow felt frame on top of the purple felt. Set any heavy objects you have on top of the frame to press them together to dry. Allow to dry for one hour.
To paint board:
When board is dry. Load the script liner with Neon Green and paint stripes on the frame of the board. Start in the middle of each side and work your way to the corners. Next, use the handle of the script liner and Plum to dot between the stripes.
To make game pieces:
Sand each game piece until smooth. Load the #10 brush with Yellow Citron and paint the face of each piece. Double load the scruffy brush with Neon Green and Neon Yellow. Pounce on the back of each piece. Let dry completely.
(Refer to color worksheet throughout)
Load the script liner with Blue Sapphire. Paint one stripe down the center of the wooden circle.
Paint another stripe near the edge of the circle, to the left of the one in the center. It should be parallel to the one you just painted. Paint another stripe half way between the two. Repeat on the right of the center stripe. Turn the disc one quarter turn and repeat entire process having the new stripes cross over the previous ones making right angles. Using Plum, paint stripes in between the blue stripes creating the plaid.
Double load the # 6 flat brush with Blue Topaz and Pearl White. Touch, press, and pull in toward center to make petals. Using handle of the brush and Bright Red, dot center.
Double load the #6 flat brush with Bright Red and Pearl White. Touch, press and pivot around on white edge making a circle for the body. Load the #6 flat brush with Pearl White and lightly swipe next to Sequin Black to have just a hint of color. Touch, press and pull toward top of bug to make the wings. Using the handle of the brush, dot in Sequin Black and make the dots on the body and to make head. Load the script liner with Sequin Black. Touch and pull toward head to make the antenna
Load the #8 flat brush with Amethyst. Touch on chisel edge, press, pull, turn and lift. Paint three leaves and pull stem into leaves on chisel edge. Load the script liner with Pure Gold and outline the leaves and stems
Dip the handle of the # 10 flat brush into Blue Sapphire, touch down and move in a circular motion making your dot gradually larger. Using the #10 flat brush handle and Sequin Black, repeat procedure for head, having it slightly smaller than the body. Load the script liner with Bright Red; add stripes on body and a smile on the face. Add antennae. Load the #6 flat brush with Pearl White and a touch of Black Sequin. Paint wings by touching, pressing slightly and pulling a little toward the body, lift to edge. Lead with the white edge. Load the script liner with Pure Gold. Paint legs and tail. Using the handle of the script liner brush, dot in Pure Gold at the end of the antennae. Using the tip of the script liner brush, dot eyes on with Pearl White.
Load the #6 flat brush with Plum. Paint an oval by touching, pressing down, pulling slightly to the right (to get the oval shape) while turning half a turn pivoting on the inside edge to get the top and repeating for the bottom starting in the same spot. Add back fins by starting at back of body, pressing, turning and lifting to the chisel edge. Load the #6 flat brush with Pearl White. Paint the side fins. Load the script liner with Blue Sapphire. Outline the back fins and add a single line through the middle of each fin. Dip the handle of brush in same paint and dot on an eye.
Double load the #6 flat brush with Aquamarine and Pearl White. Start on the chisel edge with Aquamarine to the outside, touch and press on flat side, turn and lift to the chisel edge. Repeat this stroke on top of, to the right of and a little below the first one, having each stroke meet at the same point. Also on the chisel edge, below the top two wings, touch, press and pull up to meet the first two wings. Add a second wing below this one, having it a bit longer. All wings should meet in the same place. Using the script liner and Blue Sapphire. Start at the top, away from the wings, touch, press and pull in toward the wings, connecting the body to the wings and the curve back out away from the body, lifting to the point of the brush. Add antennae by touching above body and pulling to meet body with two strokes.
Double load the #12 flat brush with Plum and Pearl White. On the chisel edge leading with the white, paint the worm. Using the handle of the script liner dipped in Pearl White, dot along body. Load script liner with Sequin Black and paint legs, smile, eyes and antennae.
With the end of the #8 brush handle dipped in Plum make dots. Alternate using Blue Topaz.
Load the #8 flat brush with Rose Shimmer. Paint the body of the bee. Load the script liner with Amethyst and paint stripes on the body of the bee. Using the handle of the brush dipped into the #6 brush and Pearl White with a touch of Rose, touch on the chisel edge, press and pull toward body leading with white edge, lifting to chisel edge. Dot the handle of the script liner in Rose to make antennae, gradually decreasing pressure to have the dots get smaller toward head.
Using Blue Sapphire and the #6 flat brush, paint the word “Free” in the center of the circle.
Using the script liner and Aquamarine, paint three lines above and three lines below the word, having the top line straight up and down, and the ones to the left and right slant in toward the center. Dot the handle in Bright Red and add two dots to the left and two dots to the right of the center line.
Double load the #10 flat brush with Bright Red and Pearl White, touch on the chisel edge (perpendicular to the bottom of the disc), press and move up slightly to make the “cheek” of the heart, pivot around having red edge move along outside of heart, heading to the point of the heart first, and lift to the chisel edge. Repeat in opposite direction for the other side. Using the handle of the brush, dot in Blue Sapphire and add dots.
Double load the #6 flat brush with Rose and Aquamarine, paint a half circle at the top of the berry by touching, pressing and pivoting around on the brush with Rose on the outside. Repeat stroke, painting below first stroke, with one to the left and one to the right. Positioning the top one in the middle of the next two. Repeat this again with three strokes, having the next strokes starting out more to the left, positioning the top stroke in the middle of the bottom ones, creating the berry shape. Using the #6 flat brush and Aquamarine, paint the greenery by touching on the chisel edge and pressing slightly all along the wide end of the berry. Have all the strokes meet at the same point at the bottom and in the middle of the berry. Move the outer edge around but keep the inner edge in the same spot.
Round Red Head Bug:
Double load the #8 flat brush with Copper and Pearl White. Paint a circle by touching down, pressing and turning brush in a complete circle pivoting the outer Copper edge around on the white edge. Re-stroke over circle to smooth out if necessary. Using the script liner and Bright Red, stroke four legs starting at the body and pulling away. Add tail by outlining the shape and filling in the center. Add head by dipping handle of the brush in Bright Red and moving in a half circle motion, move back and forth until you get the size head that you want. Using the script liner and Sapphire Blue, add antennae by touching, pressing slightly and pulling toward head to connect. Add feet to the legs by touching the tip of the liner in Sapphire and touching at end of the legs, pulling slightly to give shape. Add two stripes to body.
Double load the #8 flat brush with Pure Gold with Pearl White. Paint the fern by starting at the top, touch on the chisel edge, press lightly and pull down leading with the white edge. Next, work down each side of the top stroke pulling in toward the center. Curve your fern as you work down.
Allow all pieces to dry thoroughly. Spray the pieces with FolkArt Lacquer finish. I chose the gloss finish but this sealer comes in Matte, Satin and Gloss.
RULES OF THE GAME:
Having all of the discs with the picture down, shuffle them up. Next, line them up on the game board having six across the top and five along the side. The object of the game is to pick two that match. If the two you choose don’t match, you loose your turn. If they do match, you take another turn. There are two discs that say “Free” on them. Whichever disc you choose with this one is an automatic match and you take another turn. If you pick both “Free” discs together as a match, you get all of the other person’s discs at that point in the game. The person with the most discs at the end is the winner.
My name is Cindy Sgroi and I am from Syracuse, New York. I have a wonderful husband named Michael of 11 years, and a terrific longhaired dachshund named Nunzio who just turned 10. We recently became God Parents, (Nunzio is a God Puppy) to a beautiful baby girl. We enjoy spending as much time as possible with our beautiful God Daughter Angelina.
I have been an OSCI since 2000. Just like all of you I love to paint and create things for others. I made these two projects for “Kids Class Ideas” for CE this past March. They were a lot of fun to make and I hope some of you will enjoy making them with your kids, grandkids, or maybe in kid’s classes. You can adapt these projects to best suit your particular needs and change the designs if you wish.
I enjoyed meeting many of you at CE and BEE this past year. I was very fortunate in being able to teach at BEE and will treasure those memories always. I still enjoy looking through my pictures enjoying all there was to see and do all over again. It was a great success and CE and was full of new and interesting things, people and ideas.
Thank you for letting me share my ideas with you and I hope some of you are able to use and enjoy them.
Cindy Sgroi, OSCI, can be reached at:
122 Pardee Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13219