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Can you believe, I actually hand painted something? No, you didn’t miss any videos or sneak peeks of it on my social media because honeslty, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to pull it off! Believe it or not, I’ve never actually handpainted an object before now.
One thing that is super important in order to grow as an artist is to try things that make you uncomfortable. When I saw this picture, I was SO super inspired–I knew I had to at least try to paint it.
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First I needed a good base to trace my butterfly on. I gave the entire piece 2 coats of the color Birchwood. Then I had a little fun and used a silicone paint brush to create a layered look on it. I alternated Terra-Cotta and Stormy Seas. Once it was dry I gave it a paint wash with 1 part Fluff to 4 parts water. I put it on with my synthetic Mini all over. You can see how I did the paint layering here: https://www.facebook.com/leahnoelldesignco/videos/1218347058367568/
I decided to work smarter, not harder. When you were in school, did your teacher ever use an overhead projector? Mine did! As a kid, I played school every. single. day! My whole basement was converted into a classroom. One thing I always wanted in my “classroom” was a projector! Younger me would have been SO excited about this project because I needed really exact lines, so I borrowed my friend Beth’s projector and traced this design on a clear sheet of paper. I just used a sheet protector I had on hand.
Then, I lined it up on my dresser and traced it out.