• Diane M Kellogg

Choose to Shine by Viki Sherman

Updated: Jun 1, 2019

I have loved lighthouses for a long time and I've also enjoyed the look of the exposed brick. This project is the combination of both. I hope you enjoy painting it.

I began my painting journey in 1982 while being a wife and mother with two daughters and a son, needing a creative outlet. I began designing in 1983 and teaching in 1984. Now, I am a mom and a grandmother and still painting, designing and teaching. When you love it, you love it!

See line drawings at bottom of page.


11 x 14 wood panel by Artlicious WB-11x14-SV3/4-4

DecoArt Acrylics:

Bleached Sand DA 257 Burnt Sienna DA 063 Burnt Umber DA 064 Country Red DA 018 Desert Sand DA 077 Driftwood DA 171 Fawn DA 242 Heritage Brick DA 219 Lamp Black DA 067 Mississippi Mud DA 094 Raw Umber DA 130 Snow White DA 01 Soft Black DA 155 Terra Cotta DA 062 Uniform Blue DA 086 Williamsburg Blue DA 040 Winter Blue DA 190

DecoArt Media Modeling Paste White DMM 21

Krylon 1311 Matte Spray Varnish


10/0 Liner #865 by Marx 2 Flat #150 by Royal Gold ½” Angular Shader #7400 by Lowe Cornell ½” Comb by Simply Simmons ½” Flat Shader #7300 by Lowe Cornell ¾” Wash #7550 by Lowe Cornell

Old stencil brush for dry brushing and scumbling

Pigma Micron 05 Pen-Brown

Other supplies:    palette knife, tracing paper, transfer (graphite) paper, stylus for transferring pattern, palette paper, a ruler, pencil, eraser, painters tape, water container and paper towels.

To basecoat is to apply paint as smoothly as possible for complete coverage of the area. This may require two coats.

Scumbling is using very dry paint on an old stencil brush in a circular motion.

A wash is using a wet brush with a small amount of paint. This is a semi-transparent layer of color and some of the basecoat shows through.

Shading, floating, side loading or highlighting all pertain to the same method of loading a flat or angular shader with paint and applying it to your project. Wet the brush and blot on paper toweling. Dip a corner of the brush in paint and on the palette paper blend the paint into the brush using the brush flat against the surface and stroking back and forth in the same area. This moves the paint from the tip of the brush back into the bristles allowing for hint of color to be applied.

Brush mix is applying two colors to the corner of the brush before blending.

Dry brushing is using a dry brush dipped in a small amount of paint, brushed over a paper towel to remove any blobs, then brushed over the area on the project.

Basecoat the wood panel using the ¾” wash brush and Bleached Sand. When dry, transfer the pattern onto the surface. 

 SKY – Do a wash in the sky area with the wash brush and Winter Blue. When this is dry, do a second wash in Williamsburg Blue. Scumble clouds with the old stencil brush and Snow White. 

LIGHTHOUSE – Base in a 50/50 mix of Driftwood and Bleached Sand with the size brush you are most comfortable with. When dry apply the interior details. The windows, doors, and roof of the side building are painted in with Raw Umber and shaded with Soft Black leaving about 1/8” border along the left and bottom edges. The right side of the windows and door are also shaded with Soft Black. Using Lamp Black and the liner, do hinges and a door knob on the lighthouse door. Dry brush highlights on the roof with Fawn and Driftwood. The dome, walkways and trim are based in Heritage Brick. Use a liner brush for the railings. Shade the dome using a brush mix of Soft Black and Heritage Brick. The color is applied above the lip of the dome. A highlight is dry brushed using Terra Cotta on the left side of the dome. 

BRICKS – All the bricks are done the same way. First using the ½” flat shader and Heritage Brick and Country Red, base in the full bricks first. Partial bricks can be made with the #2 flat. When dry, dry brush Lamp Black for the dark areas and Terra Cotta for the light areas leaving some bricks untouched.Shade the lighthouse and building using first Mississippi Mud then Raw Umber. Shading is applied above and below walkways and trim and both outside edges of the lighthouse and building. Highlight the center of each section on the lighthouse with Bleached Sand. No highlight is needed for the building.

WORN OFF STUCCO is accomplished with the palette knife and modeling paste. Apply the paste to the outside edges of the brick areas building up the areas next to the bricks and smoothing out the back edges. When dry, dry brush these areas with Bleached Sand starting next to the bricks. Shade inside these areas (on the bricks) with Raw Umber 

WATER – The water is based in Williamsburg Blue shaded around the whole bottom edge with Uniform Blue. Dry brush Snow White highlights through water.SAND – The sand is based in Desert Sand, shaded first with Fawn then Raw Umber. Highlight the tops of the mounds with Bleached Sand.

GRASSES are done with the liner using Burnt Umber, Raw Umber and Burnt Sienna.

SEAGULLS are done using the angular shader and well blended Lamp Black. This float of color goes along the bottom edge of the bodies and wings. The top of the bodies and wings including heads are done with a float of Snow White.

BORDER - Paint the border before doing the fence. Measure and tape off a 1/8” stripe l 7/8” from the outside edge. The border is painted with Burnt Umber.FENCE -Using the 2 flat, paint the fence using Soft Black. The wire is done with the liner brush and Burnt Umber.

LETTERING on the side and top edge are done with the Pigma Micron 05 Brown Pen.Let project dry for 2 to 3 days to make sure ink is dry. Spray with one or two coats of Krylon 1311 Matte Spray Varnish.

Click on line drawing images below to access pdf files to print.

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