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Updated: Oct 22, 2020

By Elisabetta De Maria

Surface :

Penguin silhouette available from

Project Supplies :

· Ball Stylus

· Fine Sandpaper

· Lint Free Cloth

· Paper Towel

· Wet Palette

· Water Containers

· Tracing Paper

· Graphite paper to transfer the design

· Paper Palette

Paints Decoart Americana Acrylics

· Burgundy Wine

· Cadmium Red

· Cadmium Yellow

· Camel

· Canyon Orange

· French Vanilla

· Hauser Light Green

· Hauser Medium Green

· Honey Brown

· Lamp Black

· Light Buttermilk

· Ocean Blue

· Olive Green

· Plantation Pine

· Red Iron Oxide

· Sand

· Tangerine

· Titanium White

Mediums :

· Gesso Decoart

· Light Satin Varnish Decoart

Brushes :

· Liner Brush Black Gold n 5/0

· Pointed Flat 6/0 Micron Dynasty Brush

· Detailer 5/0 Micron Dynasty Brush

· Flat Brush Black Gold 4, 10 Dynasty Brush 206s

· Angular Brush for Floating Black Gold 3/8, 1/2 Dynasty Brush

· Mop Brush to Blend and Soften Color 3/8 Dynasty Brush 400

Painting Techniques

Basecoat: Opaque application of background color on surface or component.

Shading and Highlighting: Load a small amount of paint in the corner of an Angle Brush, stroke the brush back and forth on the palette paper until most of the paint is out of the brush. It is important that the color be worked in the brush until it is completely transparent. Apply as if walking out a float of color. Repeat if necessary and use the Mop brush to blend the color.

Drybrush: I use brushes that are dome-shaped, rounded, and have shorter hairs. Dip the brush into the paint and then wipe the brush on a dry paper towel, rotating the brush until only a residue of paint remains. Move to the surface, use light pressure and begin “scrubbing” the paint out of the brush, slowly, in a small circular motion. Work the paint outward, allowing it to diminish so that there is a gradation of color.


Using the brushes you are most comfortable with, apply a coat of primer and let it dry.

Sanding with fine sandpaper, then wipe away dust with a soft cloth.

Place the pattern on the surface and transfer the main lines with graphite paper.

Body: Lamp Black

Highlight with Sand and lastly paint the short lines with the same color.

Face and Belly: Light Buttermilk

Shade first with Sand, then with Camel, and finally with Honey Brown.

Highlight with Titanium White.

Paint the dashes with Honey Brown.

Eyes: Lamp Black and Ocean Blue.

Outline the eye with the liner and Lamp Black.

With the stylus, make the light point with Titanium White.

Paint lashes and eyebrow with the liner and Lamp Black.

Beak: Tangerine

Highlight first with Cadmium Yellow and then with Sand.

Shade with Canyon Orange.

Paint the commas with Titanium White.

Cheeks: Drybrush with Red Iron Oxide.

Scarf: Hauser Light Green and French Vanilla.

Shade the green part first with Hauser Medium Green and then with Plantation Pine.

Highlight first with Olive Green and then with Cadmium Yellow.

Shade the vanilla part first with Camel and then with Honey Brown.

Highlight with Light Buttermilk.

Hearts: Cadmium Red

Shade with Burgundy Wine and paint the comma with liner and Titanium White.


Varnish as desired

I hope you Enjoy Painting this as much as I did!

Happy Painting! Elisabetta

Pattern and Photos ©2020 Elisabetta De Maria

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