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Paint it once on canvas or watercolor paper, then upload it and print it off for a number of decorative projects. Print it onto iron-on transfer paper and make table runners, placemats, tshirts, etc. Print it on paper, decoupage it and transform ordinary objects into your own works of art.The tutorial is free for you to use. Please provide a link back to http://muralmaker1.blogspot.com so everyone can enjoy free paint tutorials.

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Red Cardinal Paint Project

This project can either be painted onto fabric or watercolor paper. If you paint it on to watercolor paper, take a picture, you can then print it on to iron-on transfer paper for your table runner. The image could then be printed for other decorative items such as aprons, greeting cards, candle wraps . . . the possibilities are endless! This photo tutorial is for watercolor paper which affords a little more leeway for beginning artists. Your artwork will not look like mine, but thats okay. Make it your own and have fun!

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Supplies Watercolor Paper at least 8-1/2 x 11 Graphite Transfer Paper (available in crafts stores) Paper towels Two water basins one to clean dirty brushes; one for clean water Foam plate Stylus or ball point pen to transfer pattern

Paints & BrushesThese are recommended colors only. Delta Ceramcoat was used, but any acrylic paint will work.

Red - bird basecoat Dark Burnt Umber shading Light Orange beak basecoat Barn Red - topcoat White - highlight Flat Brushes size 6 & 10 Liner Brush Plaid FolkArt Medium

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Download the line art pattern. The pattern can be found at the end of the picture tutorial. You can enlarge or reduce it, however it is sized to fit iron-on transfer paper.

Step 1Place pattern on watercolor paper. Painters tape is helpful in case you need to lift the pattern and then reposition it. With a stylus or ball point pen, trace the outline of the bird and detail markings. If the transfer markings are too dark on the watercolor paper, use an eraser to lighten them to where you can still see them, but theyre not going to show through the paint.

Step 2Basecoat entire bird with Red.

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Step 3

Apply 2nd basecoat, if needed, to get opaque coverage.

Step 4Basecoat beak with Light Orange.

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Step 5Add detailing/shading with Dark Burnt Umber.

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Step 6For tummy, dip your brush in Folk Art Floating Medium and work it thru on your foam plate. Then pick up a dab of Dark Burnt Umber and stroke the brush back & forth on foam plate to mix the paint with the medium. Then paint the mixture, following the curve of the birds tummy.

If you dont have Floating Medium or glaze, you can mix your paint with a little water to get a translucent effect.

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Step 7For the feathers & tail feathers, apply Dark Burnt Umber full strength in uneven strokes.

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Paint It Yourself (PIY) KitsStep 8Using a liner brush with Dark Burnt Umber, add details above and below beak and around the eye area. Add a little line in the middle of the beak. Paint the eye area in with Dk. Burnt Umber.

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Step 9With Barn Red topcoat the entire bird, except for the eye and detailing above and below the beak.

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Step 10With the very tip of your liner brush, dip it into White and add two dots on the eye and two dots on the beak.

Thats it! Youre done!

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Two water buckets one for dirty brushes, one for clean water Foam plate to pour paint on Paper towels Watercolor paper or canvas Graphite or transfer paper or you can use a pencil on back of pattern. See FAQ below. Stylus or ball point pen to transfer pattern Paint Brushes

This is a simple technique that doesnt require previous painting experience. This is because youll layer the colors on. Basecoat, shade, highlight, then topcoat. Since most colors in craft paints are not usually opaque in their coverage, underpainting (shading & highlighting) will peek through after you topcoat. Everyone paints differently so everyones painting will look a little different. How wet your brush is with water, how many coats you apply, how heavily you apply the paint or lightly, even the pigments in the paint will affect the overall appearance. Ive tried to cover all variables above in my notes, if not my pictures. The most important thing to remember is its only paint! You can always start over by whiting out your original design.

TipsPaintsYou dont have to use the colors Ive used. Go ahead and pick your own. Just choose colors that are fairly close in hue range.

BrushesFlat Brush rectangular in shape Round Brushes pointed brushes (I dont use these but some people like them.) Liners thin pointed brushes My brushes of choice for craft paints are Donna Dewberrys. You can get them at Michaels and some Walmarts, or online, or course. They last well, hold their shape and are not too expensive. They also come in some good groupings, which are a nice value. Always dip your brush in clean water & then towel off excess moisture before picking up paint. Liner brushes dip in water, towel off moisture. Roll in paint sideways to get fine tip. Cleaning Your Brushes I use regular bar soap. Rinse the brush with clean water, stroke it thru the soap and rinse again. Once the paint is completely removed, I take a few soap suds and leave them in the brush, form it back into shape and let it dry laying flat. If you allow it to dry upright, itll lose its shape.

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You can use graphite paper, sewing transfer paper, or an art transfer paper that is removed w/water. I always use graphite paper because I have it on hand. Youll probably have to go over the transfer and erase it to lighten up the pattern. If you dont have transfer paper, turn the pattern over and rub a pencil over the outlines. Then turn it right side up, place it on top of your watercolor paper, and trace the design with a ball point pencil. Try to mark your transfer inside the pattern line, rather than right on top if it. Your transfer lines will be covered better. This way if you go outside the lines when painting, you can easily add to it. Much easier than trying to remove paint.

Painting TipsDip your brush in water first, before paint. Just take a paper towel and remove the majority of the moisture. The water will keep the paint from drying in your brush if its out of water for too long. Basecoat - fill in from the outside of pattern, moving towards center. If you have ridges of paint build up, try and smooth them. But if theyre on the edge of your pattern, just leave it. Shade about 2 shades darker than basecoat. Shading will cause area to visually recede. Highlight about 3 shades up from basecoat and/or White. Highlights will visually bring that area forward or make it more prominent. White you can always use white to highlight. You just might have to add more glaze over any imperfections. Detail colors you can detail either with paint or felt pens. For some fine work, fine tip felt pens will feel more comfortable at first. Theyre just harder to correct. I usually detail with paint and then come over it with felt pen. Topcoat apply basecoat color over designated areas. Too light, apply another coat. If it covers up your shading & highlighting, apply additional coats of these.

Generally speaking, I apply highlighting next to shading. Not always, but frequently. Finishing Touches You can take a felt pen and draw around the outlines for more definition. Fine tip Sharpies work fine. Or Micron Pigma pens, available in an arts & crafts store or online. Pigma pens come in all kinds of colors and fine tips.

Painting curvesIf youre right handed, itll be easier to move from left to right. If youre left handed, you might find it easier to paint curves from right to left.

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Opaque complete paint coverage with no layers showing underneath Translucent sheer coverage, allowing layers underneath to show through Sideloading - Dip one corner of your flat brush into the paint. Dont worry about how it looks when first applied. After you apply one or two topcoats, any imperfections will lessen.

Floating Medium/GelEach pattern is designed to be painted with full strength paint. At some point, however, you might want to experiment with Floating medium for shading, highlighting & topcoating. The medium makes your paint translucent, so the layers beneath show thru a bit. To use Medium, dip your brush in the medium, work it thru by stroking the brush back and forth on