Bunny with a Bouquet Plaque
Posted by DecoArt on Mar 1st 2016
A springtime bunny with an armload of flowers graces a wall accent in vibrant Americana® Acrylic color.
- water container
- palette or plastic plate
- paper towels
- #3 round brush
- 1/2" angle brush
- #12 round fabric dye brush
- #14 round fabric dye brush
- tack cloth
- basswood arch plaque
- #10/0 liner brush
- graphite paper
Let dry completely between painting steps.
- Sand the plaque well and brush with a tack cloth to remove dust. Apply Americana Primer & Sealer to the plaque. Allow to dry thoroughly. Lightly sand again, and tack to remove dust.
- Transfer the pattern to the plaque front.
- Basecoat the edges of the plaque Poodleskirt Pink.
- Basecoat the top, bottom edge, and back of the plaque Burnt Umber.
- Apply Poodleskirt Pink dots to the top of plaque. Allow to dry thoroughly.
- Basecoat the bunny's head, ears, hair, and paws, and daffodils Snow White.
- Basecoat the bunny's head, ears, hair, and paws Buttermilk.
- Basecoat the daffodils Pineapple.
- Basecoat two tulips Purple Cow and two tulips Poodleskirt Pink.
- Basecoat the leaves and stems Foliage Green.
- Float Fawn to shade the bunny's face, ears, paws, behind the hair, inside the ears, around the eyes, nose, mouth, teeth, underneath eyebrows and whiskers, and muzzle.
- Stipple the entire bunny and his paws Snow White, allowing stippling to go slightly over the edges onto the Burnt Umber (to give the bunny a soft and fuzzy look). With Snow White, stipple the center and top of the tulips and daffodils.
- Stipple over the bunny with Buttermilk to add a slight texture.
- Stipple Fawn over the bunny lightly, then a little more strongly over the shaded areas. Lightly re-float over the shaded areas to define shading.
- Using Burnt Umber and the "sheet float" technique (refer to Helping Hint 1), deepen the shading on the bunny. Also float around patches on the ears and under and around the hair on the bunny's head.
- Basecoat the patch on bunny's left ear Poodleskirt Pink. Softly dry-brush the same color on cheeks, randomly on ears and paws, and inside the ears.
- Basecoat the patch on the bunny's right ear Purple Cow.
- Basecoat the eyes and teeth Snow White. Dry-brush the centers of the Poodleskirt Pink and Purple Cow patches with Snow White.
- Float irises in the eyes with Burnt Umber.
- Float Bubblegum Pink to shade around the Poodleskirt Pink patch and tulips. Very lightly dry-brush over Poodleskirt Pink areas on the cheeks, ears, and paws.
- Float Lavender to shade the Purple Cow patch and tulips. With Lavender, outline the pattern in the Poodleskirt Pink patch.
- With a 1:1 mix of Cadmium Yellow and Pineapple, shade the daffodils and outline the pattern in the Poodleskirt Pink patch.
- Deepen the shading on the daffodils with Cadmium Yellow.
- Float Pineapple to highlight the leaves and stems.
- Float Hauser Medium Green to shade the leaves and stems.
- Outline the pattern in the Purple Cow patch with Foliage Green.
- Using the sheer float technique and Purple Cow, apply reflective color to the Poodleskirt Pink tulips and on the stems and leaves. (Refer to Helping Hint 1 for the sheer float technique.)
- Using the sheer float technique and Poodleskirt Pink, apply reflective color to the Purple Cow tulips, daffodils, leaves, and stems.
- With a mix of equal parts of Lamp Black and Burnt Umber, basecoat the irises in eyes; stroke on the eyebrows and whiskers; dot the base of the whiskers; and outline everything.
- Stroke Snow White highlights on the hair, nose, ears, flowers, and leaves and dot the eyes.
- Apply two coats of DuraClear Satin Varnish to the entire plaque; allow to dry thoroughly between applications.