Friday, December 13, 2013

Rustic Winter Art Group

This time of year

our skies are so clear light blue.

Combine that with the bright white snow,

and it is a fresh happy color way.



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That's my inspiration for this art group.

-Cheery light blues and greens-




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Here is the "How -to"

so you can paint art for a happy winter wall.

Using fence board,

I built my pieces

11" x 11" for the squares

and

11" x 29.5" for the long tree.



Base painting everything in a brown wash,

then brushing on one coat of white primer,

lifting up on the edges to leave rough brown reveal.




Here are the paint colors.

Think pale - adding lots of white to mix these.








Dry brush white over all colors.




Here are the templates I used.

You can save image

and then enlarge print to copy.



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Starting with the tree,

use a mushroom color and flat brush

for the trunk.

Then paint in the mushroom branches

with a flat brush, pulling.




I used leaf green with white for the 

pine greens.  This is what my old brush looks like,

irregular and thin - great for branches.

You could use a new brush too, 

but you will get a little more texture with an old one.



Here's the pine needle brush stroke demo.

This paint application will make the project speedy.

Just use a pouncing up and down action.




To deepen browns:





Shading the white snow dots with blue.




Then I dry brushed white overall.



Birdie on Branch gets the same tree treatment

except with some white line detail.





Then use the bird pattern like a "paint by number"

filling in the areas with camel, white, and gray.

Then with some watered down black,

take your finger and blend some of the gray edges

to soften.




Sweet little eye deets.




And a cheery note to go on the mint green:








Maybe this can be your

"After Christmas" project! : )



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Here's to happy art and handmade homes!

Have a great weekend my creative friends,

Deb




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18 comments:

Down to Earth Style said...

EXCELLENT Tutorial!!!! You did a wonderful job explaining the way you painted the pine needles and everything! Great detail!

Bliss said...

Painting comes naturally to many of my family - they get it from their dad - but not to me. Your tutorials always make me feel like I CAN DO THAT, thanks!

White Weathered Hutch said...

Oh how I love your paintings. I only wish I had the time to paint in my studio. So many projects still to do and such little time.

Feral Turtle said...

Deb, you have done it again!! I am going to try my hand at your bird. I had a disaster on some drawer fronts, that included many failed transfers (I kept trying) and some poor base coat painting. Anyways, I think I may be able to save them with your awesome picture. I love them all but the bird will fit the best on the drawer front. If I can get it done before Christmas I will send you a pic! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

JANET said...

I have spent today ( of f and on) going thru all your posts! You have inspired me to at least try to make an antiqued sign. I am going to start laying in supplies so after holidays I can start! Love your blog !

The Checkered Apple said...

These are terrific Deb! The colors work perfect for January when all the green and red disappear from Christmas time.
Happy Holidays!

Krista thehappyhousie said...

These are gorgeous Deb- I love how fresh and light and bright they are yet have a wintery feel to them.

Christine Graves said...

Wow, those are stunning and your tutorial makes me feel like I could paint! You make it look so easy...I might just have to try it :-)

Chris said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I'm the girl who was sent out of art class back in 1963 cause there wasn't a drop of talent in my hands. How I'd love to go back to that teacher and present him with an album of all the wedding gowns, home fashions and decorated cakes that sent two children to college. And now I can paint! I CAN REALLY PAINT!!!

Laurel@ChippingwithCharm said...

So very pretty! You make it look so "easy" :)

Denise Stain said...

I simply adore the bird! But I always love your artwork. These are amazing grouped together!

srpprcrftr said...

Yeah sure I could paint any of those. Maybe the tree or the choose joy sign but the bird, oh me do I wish I could. I am so enthralled at your talent. Love the style you use, is there a name for it? I can see something on one of these link parties and know it's yours. Was this something you just started doing or did you got to school to learn? So many people seem to be able to do painting like you do with a natural talent and seem to know what and how to do it.
My Dad was an oil painter but it seems that talent jumped over me, lol. I do different kinds of things, mostly paper crafts seems to be my niche. Hope I have a niche. Paper craft projects I do seem to turn out better than other type of things so that's why I call it my niche.
From reading your comments it looks like you have inspired a few folks. Another talent you have.
What would you charge for your bird project? I'd sure love to have it in our home.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Deb Hrabik said...

Appreciation Super Crafter -
My background is in Clothing and Textiles - pattern making. Aw, miss my sewing machine.
I think the paint style is folksy fresh.
You can do it!
Deb

Twice Nice said...

Deb these are absolutely beautiful! I so admire your talents! And thank you for sharing so that we may all humbly attempt to make our very own. That's a great gift that you share!

Danielle said...

Fantastic tutorials. I love each one! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

EveryDay Bloom said...

Crisp and clean and cheerful...your colors and texture makes me think of magazine clippings I've collected...Scandinavian decorating. Plus, I love bird paintings. Something sweet and hopeful about birds. As always, beautifully done...

Robin Johnson said...

Cute, Cute, Cute. You are so talented! Love the little birdie painting - it's my favorite.

Joan said...

What a great tutorial! Love all of them!