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Winter Welcome Sign

Winter Welcome Sign

Posted by DecoArt on Nov 3rd 2016

Welcome your friends and family this season with this beautifully painted yard sign.

SUPPLIES

    • water container
    • palette or plastic plate
    • paper towels
    • tracing paper
    • sandpaper
    • soft cloth
    • pencil
    • spatter tool
    • #0 liner brush
    • #12 flat brush
    • #4 flat shader brush
    • #6 flat shader brush
    • 1" oval wash brush
    • #0 flat shader brush
    • 5/8" angle brush
    • FrogTape®
    • palette knife
    • 5/0 liner brush
    • white graphite paper
    • 1" wash brush
    • medium stencil brush
    • #2 flat shader brush
    • #4 filbert brush
    • #12 filbert brush
    • #8 flat shader brush
    • 1" angle brush
    • double-ended stylus
    • graph ruler
    • metal sign with wood insert
    • snowflake stencil
    • Debb's texture brushes
    • 3/8" wisp brush
    • silk sponge package

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Enlarge the pattern to fit the surface of the wooden insert of the metal sign.
    2. Seal the entire wooden insert with Primer & Sealer using a 1" wash brush. Let dry. Lightly sand and wipe with a lint-free cloth.
    3. Basecoat the insert with Winter Blue, using the 1” oval wash brush to achieve an opaque coverage. Basecoat the edges and back side with Deep Midnight Blue, using the 1" wash brush to achieve an opaque coverage. Let dry.
    4. Crackle background: Following the instructions on the label, apply Weathered Wood to the surface of the sign; use Deep Midnight Blue for the topcoat. Allow to dry overnight.
    5. Instruction #4
    6. Lightly mist over the sign with Matte Spray Finish. Let dry. When dry, transfer the design to the surface. (Use the graph ruler to aid in the transfer of any straight lines, by dragging the stylus along the ruler’s edge.)
    7. Sky area: Corner-load the 1” angle brush with Deep Midnight Blue; float across the top of the sky area.
    8. Instruction #6
    9. As you begin to float down the sky area, start to corner-load the angle brush with Deep Midnight Blue and Snow White; brush-blend on the palette; and continue to float toward the horizon, getting lighter as you reach the horizon. (The sky area should graduate from dark across the top of the sky to lighter at the horizon.)
    10. Background shrubs: With the appropriate size texture brush and Deep Midnight Blue, dance in the background shrubs behind the brown barn setting. Repeat the step randomly, dancing Snow White across the top of the shrubs for highlight. (See helpful hint below.)
    11. Tap lightly on the surface, dancing with the brush up and down and rolling it in different directions between your fingers when it is up in the air (like dancing the twist: light on your feet). Allow some drying time in between "dances" so the paint sets up and the results don’t have a globby or muddy look.
    12. Background snow trees: (Refer to photo at Step 6.) Dampen the silk sponge with water and squeeze out excess. Load the top half of the sponge with Snow White and the bottom half with a 1:1 mix of Khaki Tan and Snow White. Lightly dance on the palette to blend between the two colors and then dance in the snow trees behind the red barn setting.
    13. The trees are in the distance, so keep them hazy and irregularly-shaped. Re-load the sponge with Snow White; re-tap at the top of the trees, for snow and to brighten. Load the #0 liner brush with thinned Asphaltum; randomly pull the branches in the snow trees.
    14. Background pines: With a pencil and the graph ruler, transfer a center line for each pine. (Work only on a couple of pines at a time.) Slightly dampen the surface with clean water where the pines will be pulled. (The dampened surface will allow the pines to bleed softly, giving the boughs a softer effect and also giving the illusion of pines in the distance.)
    15. Load the #12 filbert brush across the chisel edge with Evergreen. With the brush on its chisel edge, vertically pull the top of the pine and then, horizontally up on the chisel edge, continue to tap in the boughs, tapping from left to right and slowly and slightly widening as you work toward the base of the pine.
    16. Allow some of the background to show slightly through the boughs, so the pine does not begin to look like a triangle. Let dry. When dry, randomly repeat with Evergreen, tapping on a couple boughs to deepen. Repeat Steps 13 & 14 with Snow White, randomly tapping on the boughs for snow.
    17. Brown barn setting: With the appropriate size shader brushes, basecoat the walls with Raw Sienna. Basecoat the silo with Slate Grey. Let dry.
    18. Instruction #15
    19. With thinned Asphaltum, randomly pull the wall lines, using the wisp brush. Repeat with thinned Cocoa.
    20. With the #6 shader brush and Asphaltum, wash over the left two walls for shade. Corner-load the 5/8" angle brush with Asphaltum and float shading across the top of the three right walls.
    21. With the appropriate size shader brushes and Lamp Black, pull the windows. Let dry. When dry, corner-load the 5/8" angle brush with Snow White to float a highlight down the right inside of each window.
    22. Double-load the 5/0 liner brush with Graphite and Snow White to outline the top window and pull the window panes. With Snow White, randomly pull highlight strokes in the outlining and panes.
    23. Instruction #19
    24. Basecoat the door with Asphaltum and pull the shutters next to the top window.
    25. Double-load the 0 liner brush with Asphaltum and Snow White; pull the top and "x" brace on the door. With Snow White, randomly pull highlight strokes in the braces and lines on the shutters.
    26. Red barn setting: With the appropriate size shader brushes, basecoat the walls with a 1:1 mix of Tomato Red and Heritage Brick. The silo walls are Slate Grey. (Refer to photos at Steps 15 & 19.)
    27. With thinned Soft Black, randomly pull the wall lines using the wisp brush. Repeat with thinned Naphthol Red.
    28. With the #6 shader brush and Black Plum, wash over the two left walls of the barn and two left walls of the cupolas for shade.
    29. Corner-load the 5/8" angle brush with Black Plum; float shading across the top of the two right walls of the barn.
    30. Double-load the #4 filbert brush with Graphite and Slate Grey, randomly dab stones on the grey walls. (Refer to photos.)
    31. Wash over the left wall with Graphite using the #6 shader brush.
    32. Corner-load the angle brush with Graphite; float shading across the top of the right wall.
    33. With the appropriate size shader brush and Lamp Black, pull the windows and door. Let dry.
    34. When dry, corner-load the 5/8" angle brush with Snow White. Float a highlight down the right inside of each window and door.
    35. Double-load the 5/0 liner brush with Graphite and Snow White to outline the windows on the red barn and pull the window panes. With Snow White, randomly pull highlight strokes in the outlining and panes.
    36. With Graphite and the #2 shader brush, pull the shutters next to the top window.
    37. Corner-load the angle brush with Lamp Black and float shading down the inside edge of the shutters. (Refer to photos.)
    38. Corner-load the 5/8" angle brush with Snow White to float highlighting down the outside edge of the shutters. Double-load the 5/0 liner brush with Graphite and Slate Grey and pull the "z" brace on each shutter.
    39. Silos: Double-load the 5/0 liner brush with Graphite and Slate Grey; pull the wall lines on the silos. (Refer to photos.)
    40. Corner-load the 5/8" angle brush with Graphite; float a wide shade down the left side of each silo. Corner-load the angle brush with Snow White and float a highlight down the right side of each silo.
    41. Roofs: Basecoat all the roofs with two coats of Snow White, using the appropriate size shader brushes. (The coverage will be blotchy; this will aid with shading in the snow.) Corner-load the 5/8" angle brush with Deep Midnight Blue and randomly float shading across the top of the roofs.
    42. Double-load the #0 liner brush with Deep Midnight Blue and Snow White. Pull the side roof lines, silo roof, and lightning rods. Repeat with Snow White to brighten. (Refer to photo above.) With the #0 liner brush and Snow White, randomly pull icicles from the roofs.
    43. Foreground snow area: Corner-load the 5/8" angle brush with Snow White and float snow under each barn setting, gradually walking the color down the land area. (Allow some of the background color to come through; it will work for shading in the snow.) With the snow area under the brown barn setting, be sure to stay back from the snow trees behind the red barn setting to allow for shade.
    44. Instruction #39
    45. With a dry small texture brush and Snow White, dry-brush the path from the door of the brown barn setting to the foreground.
    46. Foreground shrubs: With the small texture brush and Evergreen, dance in the foreground shrubs. (Refer to photo for placement.) Repeat, randomly dancing Snow White across the top of the shrubs for highlight.
    47. Corner-load the 5/8" angle brush with Snow White and re-float under the foreground shrubs to brighten. (Refer to photo.)
    48. Stenciling snowflakes: Position the stencil on the surface. (Refer to photo for placement.) Secure with Frog Tape or stencil adhesive or hold with your fingers.
    49. Load the medium stencil brush with a bit of Snow White; swirl the brush on a blue shop towel to remove excess. Apply color over the snowflake stencil in a circular motion one direction and then in a circular motion in the other direction, changing directions frequently.
    50. Fill in some of the design fully, leave other areas incomplete, or skip a few areas all together. (When completed, this application should have a slight distressed appearance. Refer to photo.)
    51. Carefully remove the stencil by holding one end with your fingers and lifting the opposite end. Repeat steps to stencil the remaining snowflakes to the surface. (Refer to photo for placement.) Clean the stencil and brush immediately with Brush and Stencil Cleaner.
    52. Falling snow: With the spatter tool and thinned Snow White, spatter over the entire design. (Refer to photo.) Let dry.
    53. Finishing: With the oval wash brush and DuraClear Matte Varnish, varnish the entire board. (This brush doesn’t leave any visible brush-strokes after the varnish has dried.)

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