Trick or Treat!
by Anita Campanella
I live in a small village in Puglia, located in the south of Italy. I have been painting since I was still a child. I have attended many painting courses with famous international artists. I had a lot of fun creating the drawing first and then the painting steps for these cute ornaments for Halloween. I really hope they are to your liking. Welcome to my world friends.
#3 plastic balls diameter 4”
DECOART AMERICANA :
SNOW WHITE DA01
ANTIQUE WHITE DA058
HAUSER LIGHT GREEN D131
HONEY BROWN DA163
BURNT SIENNA DA063
IRISH MOSS DA312
PRIMARY YELLOW DA201
NEUTRAL GREY DA095
SOFT BLACK DA155
DARK CHOCOLATE DA065
ORANGE FLAME DA315
LIGHT BUTTERMILK DA164
GRAPE JUICE DA336 / DIOXAZINE PURPLE + SLATE GREY+ PAYNE’S GREY 4:1:1 ANTIQUE ROSE DA156 / COUNTRY RED + SNOW WHITE + BURNT ORANGE 2:1:1
DYNASTY BRUSH :
Blue Ice SC32 FLAT 1”
Black Gold Round 206R: # 2
Black Gold Shader 206S: # 4, #2
Black Gold Angle 206A: 1/2 “, 1/4 “
Black Gold Liner 206L 10/0 “
Stippler Deerfoot 300, 1/4 “
Mop 400: 3/4 “, 1/2”
Stencil Stippler: 1/2”
#3 natural rope 5” each
#3 Muslin type cloth dimensions 1”x12”
Black graphite paper
Decoart Americana Matte spray DAS-13
Decoart Multi-Purpose sealer DS-17
With a cotton swab soaked in pink alcohol, degrease the entire surface of the plastic spheres. Allow to dry well and spread the Multi-purpose sealer with the help of the Flat Brush 1 ". Apply at least two coats, leaving them to dry well between one coat and the other. With the same brush, apply at least three coats of Light Buttermilk. Allow to dry well between one coat and the other.
To make these ornaments I gave the basics (Basecoat), with the shader brush # 4 for the larger areas, with the shader brush # 2 for the smaller areas, and the round brush # 2 for details such as mustache. The shadows and lights are all performed with the floating technique unless otherwise specified. To perform the floating I use the angle brushes and I adapt the size to the area I am going to treat. My floating is always followed by the mop brush. With the mop brush, I lightly dab along the outer part of the floating and then move slowly towards the heart of the shading or highlighting. I find that the mop brush helps a lot in softening highlights and shadows. I just can't help it. I use the ¾ "mop brush to soften the larger floating, the ½" mop brush for smaller areas.
The stencil along the background is done with the stencil stippler brush 1/2 ”, the diamond stencil, and Orange Flame. Let it dry well.
Transfer the guidelines with the help of black graphite paper and a stylus. Lay the foundations as follows:
GHOST, SPIDER EYES: Snow White.
EYES and MOUTH of the Ghost, SPIDER and PUPIL SPIDER: Soft Black.
GHOST NOSE: Primary Yellow
CAT: Neutral Gray
HAT, MASK: Grape Juice
HAT BAND: Primary Yellow
INTERIOR MOUTH, PUPIL, WRITING AND WEB: Soft Black
NOSE, EARS, TONGUE: Antique Rose
EYES, TEETH: Light Buttermilk
PUMPKIN: Orange Flame
SMALL, NECK: Dark Chocolate
EYES: Grape Juice
NOSE: Primary Yellow
MOUTH, COLLAR: Light Buttermilk
BAT, WRITTEN: Soft Black
BUST: Neutral Gray
Let it dry well. Outline all the details with the liner brush and Soft Black.
The floating along the background to the right of the ghost is with the angle brush ½ ”and Orange Flame. The floating along the background on the left, on the other hand, is always with the same brush and Grape Juice. The floating on the background close to the ghost is with the same brush and Hauser Light Green. With the angle brush ¼ "and Grape Juice are the shading: on the ghost's face close to the cheeks and eyes, along the lower side of the torso, along the left side of the torso, on the torso close to the face, on the chin to close to the lips, on the face close to the eyebrows, on the head along the left side and on the face, along the right side. Reinforce with the same brush and Soft Black. With the same brush and Burnt Sienna is the shading along the underside of the nose. With the round brush 2 ”and Soft Black is the writing.
With a ball stylus and Snow White are the eyes. The shadows on the bust close to the collar are with the angle brush ½ ” and Grape Juice. The shadow along the inner sides of the collar located along the extreme sides are with the same brush and the same color. The shadows on the pumpkin close to the stalk and along the side seam on the right are with the angle brush ¼ ”and Dark Chocolate. With the liner brush and Soft Black outline all the details.
With the same brush and Soft Black are the shadows on the collar in the folds close to the lower side and close to the crease under the neck. Always with the same brush and the same color are the shadows inside the mouth, along the extreme left and right sides. The shadow on the nose, along the underside, is with the angle brush ½ "and Hauser Light Green . Reinforce with angle brush ¼ ”and Irish Moss. With the same brush and Dark Chocolate are the shadows on the pumpkin: close to the nose, along the cheeks, and along the lower sides of the stars. The highlight along the upper side of the petiole is always with the same brush and first with Honey Brown, then with Antique White. Highlight the highlight with touches of color made with the liner brush and Antique White. The shadows along the extreme left and right sides of the petiole are with the angle brush ¼ ”and Soft Black . The floating along the extreme left and right sides of the background are with the Angle brush ½ ” and Hauser Light Green. The floating always on the background along the upper side is with the same brush and Grape Juice. Shadows along the bottom sides of the eyes are done with the ¼” angle brush and Grape Juice. The eyes are with the liner brush and Soft Black.
With the angle brush ½ "and Soft Black are the shadows: on the bust close to the arm and hand, always on the bust close to the face, on the face close to the mask, inside the ears along the lower sides and on the hat along the left side of the top. The shading along the far left and right sides of the bottom of the hat is with the same brush and Orange Flame.
With the small mezzaluna brush and Light Buttermilk, drybrush on the cat's face and along the left side of the arm and hand. The light on the nose is with the liner brush and Light Buttermilk. Use a ball stylus for the polka dots on the hat. The pompom is performed with the stippler brush loaded on the side with the shortest bristles in Primary Yellow, on the other side with Grape Juice. When dry, with the same brush loaded only on the side of the longer bristles and with the Light Buttermilk, tap only on the top of the pompom. The floating on the background, along the right side of the cat, is done with the angle brush ½ ”and Hauser Light Green. The floating on the background along the left side of the cat is with the same brush and Grape Juice. The floating along the central side is Orange Flame.
Place the three fabric ribbons on a dry paper towel. With the shader brush set the foundation (base) with Orange Flame on one, Grape Juice on the second tape, and Hauser Light Green on the third tape. Let it dry well.
When completely dry, use the stencil with the rhombuses, with the stencil brush. On the Orange Flame ribbon for the stencil, I alternated Hauser Light Green and Grape Juice colors. On the Grape Juice ribbon, I alternated the colors, Orange Flame, and Hauser Light Green. Finally, on the Hauser Light Green tape, I alternated the colors, Orange Flame, and Grape Juice. Let it dry well.
To fix the colors on the fabric ribbons, iron them with a hot iron, not steam, from the backside of the paint.
Fix the color on the spheres with Decoart Americana Matte spray paint. Let it dry. When completely dry, thread the cord that will allow you to hang the balls along the top of the three spheres. Form three beautiful bows with the ribbons and fix along the top of the balls with hot glue.
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