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Blue Winter Skies
Surface, approximately 10” x 8”
DecoArt® Americana Acrylic Paints
Black Forest Green
Red Iron Oxide
Series 73-00JS-10 Jackie Shaw Liner, #10/0
Series 7300 Flat Shader, #2, #4, #10
Series 7350 Liner, #1
Series 7400 Angular, ¾”
Series 7500 Filbert, #2
Series 7550 Wash, ¾”
Series 244 Angular Bristle, ¼”, ½”
Series 410 Deerfoot Stippler, ¼”
Stylus or pencil
Note: Clouds, foliage, evergreens can be easily done freestyle. Paint this landscape in layers, which will allow easier strokework when painting hills. This painting can also be cropped into other smaller painting groups to suit smaller surfaces. Using darker blues will create an evening effect. Scene can also be spattered for falling snow. Enjoy this pattern and add to or change the design to make it your own.
Transfer pattern lines to tracing paper using a stylus or pencil.
1. Use a flat wash brush, basecoat the insert Ocean Blue. Dry. Double load the wash brush with Ocean Blue and Titanium White and begin with Titanium White at the top of the sky, paint to the horizon blending paint colors. Load a #10 flat shader with Titanium White and touch one corner lightly in Ocean Blue. Pre-blend colors on palette and, using the brush on chisel (leading with Titanium White), paint the clouds keeping colors softly blended.
2. Transfer pattern lines on a need basis.
3. Stipple evergreens at the horizon with the ¼” angular bristle and Black Forest Green. Wipe brush on paper towel and touch brush toe in Titanium White to highlight for snow. Mix Ocean Blue and Bittersweet Chocolate to a grey and stipple the shrubs below the evergreens on the left with a ¼” deerfoot. Wipe paint from brush on paper towel, touch brush toe sparingly in Titanium White to highlight. Double load Bittersweet Chocolate and Titanium White to paint skis and poles. Double load Ocean Blue and Titanium White and pull streaks for ski lines through snow.
4. Load Titanium White onto a ¾” angular brush toe and Ocean Blue onto the brush heel, pre-blend. Paint each peaked hill. Two applications give best coverage; dry between each.
5. Paint the skiers with a #1 liner and a #10/0 liner. Skier 1, dot hat Black Forest Green, double load Ocean Blue and Titanium White to paint scarf, double load Burnt Orange and Titanium White to paint jacket, paint pants Primary Blue, dot boots Lamp Black. Skier 2, double load Burnt Orange and Titanium White to paint hat and pants, dot boots with Burnt Orange and Marigold, double load Dioxazine Purple and Titanium White for jacket, double load Black Forest Green and Titanium White for scarf.
6. Paint the next rolling hill with a double load of Ocean Blue and Titanium White using a #10 flat shader. Shape the evergreens with a ¼” angular bristle and Black Forest Green; highlight Titanium White using brush toe. Double load a #1 liner with Bittersweet Chocolate and Titanium White, paint bare trees. Touch up ground with Titanium White if needed.
7. Paint the next rolling hill. Paint evergreens the same as previous ones. Double load a #1 liner with Bittersweet Chocolate and Titanium White to pull trunk lines randomly through the foliage. Stipple shrubs the same as the shrubs in Step 3.
8. Begin painting the foreground at the top with a ¾” angular and Titanium White. Double load this brush with Titanium White and Ocean Blue, continue painting keeping colors blended. Blend in Ocean Blue at the left to deepen shading.
9. Basecoat the barn Burnt Orange with a #4 flat shader. Shade with Russet and highlight with Autumn Red. Paint the roof Titanium White and shader Ocean Blue. Use a #10/0 liner double load with Ocean Blue and Titanium White to paint the narrow roof line. Mix Ocean Blue and Bittersweet Chocolate to a grey and double load with Titanium White to paint the loft and door on the side using a #1 liner. Double load a #10/0 liner with Ocean Blue and Titanium White to paint snow above the door. Paint icicles Titanium White with a #10/0 liner. Paint the smaller out building using the same colors as the barn.
10. When painting the cabin, I found it easier to paint the dormers on the roof after the roof was painted. Load a #2 filbert with Charcoal Grey and touch a corner in Eggshell, pull each stroke across the cabin for log and mortar, round out the sides. Basecoat the rooftops Titanium White and shade with Ocean Blue using a #4 flat shader. Basecoat the chimney Russet with a #2 flat shader. Double load the edge of a #2 flat shader with Antique Rose and Eggshell, use short strokes for bricks. While paint is wet a blend in Russet. Work with the colors until the impression of brick is achieved. Paint the wood on the dormer with a double load of Charcoal Grey and Eggshell on the chisel edge of a #2 flat shader. Double load a #10/0 liner with Ocean Blue and Titanium White, paint the roof lines. Basecoat the windows Titanium White with flat shaders and let dry. Double load the shaders with Burnt Orange and Marigold, repaint windows. Double load a #10/0 liner with Charcoal Grey and Titanium White, paint window frames and panes. Double load a #2 round with Charcoal Grey and Eggshell, paint the porch detail. Double load a #10/0 liner with Eggshell and Charcoal Grey, paint the bare tree behind the porch roof.
11. Use a ½” angular bristle and apply Ocean Blue and Titanium White to fill the foreground. Keep colors blended and be sure Titanium White is under the cabin windows. If the color is blue, the reflection will not be crisp. Paint the evergreen with Black Forest Green with a ¼” angular bristle; highlight Titanium White. Stipple shrubs with a mix of Ocean Blue and Bittersweet Chocolate using a ¼” deerfoot; highlight Titanium White.