By Prudy Vannier
Painting lesson: Using a filbert
and angular brush, mixing color
- Metal cowbell
No Prep Metal Paint: Ivory DMP02, Bright Yellow DMP10, Real Red
DMP11, Fresh Lavender DMP14, Deep Purple DMP15, Bright Lime Green
DMP26, Coal Black DMP32
Brushes: ½” flat, ¼” angular, liner
brush, #6 filbert
- water basin
- paper towel
palette knife for mixing
1. Wash the cowbell to
remove any dirt, grease or fingerprints. Use the ½”
flat to basecoat Deep Purple. Dry.
2. Trace the pattern onto tracing paper. Position the cow
face on the front of the bell, and then slide graphite paper
under. Holding in place, go over the lines with a stylus to
transfer the pattern onto the surface. Do the same for the
flowers on the sides and back.
3. Use the filbert brush to paint the flower petals with Bright
Yellow. Notice how the end of the brush is round – perfect
for making rounded ends of petals. Turn the brush sideways
at the end of the petal to make it pointed.
4. Use the liner brush to outline the petals with Bright Lime
5. Mix a little puddle Ivory with a little Real Red to make
hot pink. We’ll use this throughout our design. First,
using a brush handle, dip into the pink and make dots in the
centers of the flowers.
6. Using the angular, paint the cow face with the pink mix.
I like the angular because you can easily get into tight,
pointed places like the cows ears and horns. Also use it to
paint the Fresh Lavender shadow next to the cow. Dry.
7. Use the liner brush to paint black eyes and nostrils. Rinse
it, and then paint the Bright Yellow ring in the nose.
8. All of the confetti (dots, squiggles and swirls) are painted
with the pink mix, Bright Yellow, and Bright Lime Green using
the liner brush.
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