by Debby Foshey-Choma
DecoArt® Americana Acrylics:
DS83 Black Forest Green
DS257 Bleached Sand
DS178 Blue Mist
DS111 Grey Sky
DS167 Payne’s Grey
DS130 Raw Umber
DS01 Snow White
DS107 Teal Green
DS039 Victorian Blue
DuraClear Matte Varnish DS60
Media Gesso – White DMM18
Multi-Purpose Sealer DS17
#1360 – lge. Debby’s Texture brush
#1114 – lge. Langnickel stencil brush
#3080 – 1 Oval Wash Combo
#4150 – 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 12 Majestic shaders
#4160 – 5/8 Majestic angle
#4170 – 8 Majestic filbert
#4585 – 5/0 Majestic liner
#4700 – ¾ Majestic glaze wash
#M770M – ¾ Moderna oval mop
#P-7 – Langnickel palette knife
Baby Wipes / rubbing alcohol
Blue Shop Towels
Cosmetic wedge sponge/brayer
Drill; 3/16” drill bit
Krylon® Matte Spray #1311
14” of natural 3-ply jute
Graph Ruler and Spattering Tool available through www.DebbysTouch.com
Botanic Collage Stencil (6” x 8”) #09-19488A available through www.cdwood.com
-OR- stencils of your choice
**Suggestion - always try a new technique on a piece of poster board; which has been basecoated with a coat of acrylics.
Drill a hole in the top left and right corners. Apply one coat of Multi-Purpose Sealer to the entire plaque; using the glaze wash brush. Lightly sand, wipe off with a lint-free cloth.
Basecoating the Plaque:
Basecoat the entire plaque with Raw Umber; using the glaze wash brush. Two coats are sufficient.
Gesso Relief Stenciling Technique:
With Gesso and the Botanic Collage Stencil (or stencil of choice), apply the diamonds randomly over the surface; using the Relief Stenciling technique. Refer to the photo for placement. Position the stencil on one side of the surface, and secure it with Frog Tape.
With light pressure, apply a thin layer of Gesso over the diamond area of the stencil; using the palette knife.
To remove the stencil, hold down one end with your fingers, while gently and slowly lifting the opposite end. Immediately clean the palette knife and stencil with baby wipes or rubbing alcohol. When dry, repeat the steps on other areas of the surface.
Immediately clean the palette knife and stencil with baby wipes or rubbing alcohol.
When dry, base over the Gesso diamonds with Raw Umber; using the glaze wash brush.
Candle Wax Distressing:
Randomly rub candle wax over areas of the entire plaque, that you want the Raw Umber or original wood to show through the top coat…..surface, edges and backside, etc.
Apply a coat of Blue Mist over the entire plaque; using a glaze wash brush.
When dry, sand over the entire plaque. For further distressing, re-sand the areas that the candle wax was applied to. Continue until you have achieved the desired effect. Wipe off with a lint-free cloth. When dry, lightly mist over the surface area with the matte spray.
TIP: Lightly misting with the matte spray will allow for easier clean-up.
You can lock down acrylic paint with matte acrylic spray at any time during the painting process to preserve previous work. This allows for fearless painting of the next steps, as any unwanted results may be wiped off without harming the underlying work.
With the Compass Stencil (or stencil of choice), the large stencil brush, and the Antique Teal mixture (Victorian Blue + Black Forest Green 1/1), stencil a portion of the compass in two different areas on the surface; refer to photo for placement. Position the stencil on the surface; refer to the photo for placement. Secure it with the Frog Tape or hold it with your fingers. Load the large stencil brush with a bit of Antique Teal mixture, and swirl the brush on a blue shop towel to remove excess. Apply color in a circular motion one direction and then in a circular motion in the other direction (changing directions frequently) over the stencil.
Fill in some of the design fully and leave other areas incomplete. When completed, this application should have a slightly distressed appearance. If it is too solid or perfect, simply use a moist piece of the blue shop towel with a little Faux Glazing Medium, to gently rub away some of the excess color. Carefully remove the stencil by holding one end with your fingers and lifting the opposite end. Repeat the steps for stenciling the second compass.
Clean the stencil and brush immediately; using a baby wipe or rubbing alcohol.
When dry, lightly mist over the surface area with the matte spray.
Use the Starfish from the Mini Sea Creatures Stencil (or stencil of choice), Teal Green, and the large stencil brush; stencil a few starfish to the surface; refer to photo for placement.
To stencil, refer to the steps in Stenciling Compass #5. When dry, lightly mist over the surface area with the matte spray.
Stamping the Crackle Stamp:
Using the Crackle Stamp from the Grunge Script Set (or stamp of choice), cosmetic wedge, and Raw Umber, randomly stamp over the surface. When using paint on stamps it is important that you do not overload the image. Pounce the wedge sponge into Raw Umber and then dance off on a clean area of the palette. When you look at the bottom of the sponge it should be covered in paint, but you should still be able to see the texture of the sponge. Now quickly pounce the loaded sponge over the entire image and stamp it on the surface. -Or a brayer can be used to roll the Raw Umber over the stamp image.
Repeat steps, randomly stamping on the surface of the plaque; refer to photo for placement.
When stamping is completed, clean the stamp with a baby wipe or rubbing alcohol.
When dry, lightly mist over the surface area with the matte spray.
Stamping the Vintage Notes Stamp:
Using the Vintage Notes Stamp (or stamp of choice), cosmetic wedge, and Payne’s Grey, randomly stamp over the surface. To stamp, refer to the steps in Stamping the Crackle Stamp above. When dry, lightly mist over the surface area with the matte spray.
Apply thinned Payne’s Grey to the bottom of a 2oz acrylic bottle; using the #8 filbert.
Randomly press on the surface; refer to the photo for placement. With the #8 filbert and thinned Payne’s Grey, randomly make the outline a little messy. When dry, lightly mist over the surface area with the matte spray.
With thinned Payne’s Grey and the Spattering Tool, lightly and randomly spatter over the surface of the plaque; refer to photo for placement. Larger specks – thin with more water. Smaller specks – thin with less water. When dry, lightly mist over the surface area with the matte spray.
Transfer the lighthouse to the surface.
Use the Graph Ruler to aid in the transferring of any straight lines, by dragging the stylus along the ruler’s edge.
Basecoat the tower and building walls with one coat of Bleached Sand; using the #12 shader. When dry, randomly apply Gesso over the tower and building walls, for texture; using the palette knife.
When dry, basecoat the lighthouse setting using the appropriate size shaders –
Bleached Sand (over the Gesso) – tower, building walls.
Graphite – roofs, watch room, walkway base.
Corner load the angle with Blue Mist, float a wide shade down the left and right sides of the tower, then across the top of the right wall of the building; mop to soften.
For shade, wash over the left wall of the building with Blue Mist; using the #8 shader.
Corner load the angle with Snow White, and float a highlight down the left and right sides of the building’s right wall. Using the lge Texture Brush ‘DRY’, dry brush a Snow White highlight down the center of the tower. Corner load the angle with Grey Sky, and float a highlight across the top of the lighthouse roof, roof, and walkway ledges. Then float a wide Grey Sky highlight across the top of the building’s roof; mop to soften. Using the lge Texture Brush ‘DRY’, dry brush a Grey Sky highlight down the center of the watch room.
Corner load the angle with Snow White, and float a circle in the lens room area; to represent the lens. Lightly wash over the lens room area with Grey Sky; using the #8 shader.
Windows – with the appropriate size shaders and Graphite, pull the windows.
Corner load the angle with Grey Sky, and float highlights across the top of each window.
With the 5/0 liner and Snow White, pull the window panes and outline the windows.
Lens room and roof details – with the 5/0 liner and Graphite, pull the side roof line on the building, lens room panes, walkway rail, and supports.
Place a Graphite dip dot at the top of the lighthouse roof, for the ventilator ball.
With the 5/0 liner and Graphite, pull a line up from the ventilator ball, for the lightning rod.
With the 5/0 liner and Grey Sky, pull broken highlight strokes on the lightning rod, ventilator ball, lens room panes, walkway rail, and supports.
With the 5/0 liner and Snow White, pull the roof trim lines along the building’s roof.
To protect your finished piece, varnish the entire plaque with the DuraClear Matte Varnish.
Use the Oval Wash Combo to apply the varnish; this brush doesn't leave any visible brushstroke marks after the varnish has dried.
Pull each end of the jute from the backside of the plaque through to the front and knot.
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