Warts and All…

Here in Victoria, Australia we are approaching our winter months. Our coldest season begins in June through to August. Each year just as the chills of winter begin to dominate our weather and dark grey skies appear, “magic” reveals itself in the form of mushrooms. And when I say “magic”, I mean these honey-hued, heavy headed babies with thick white stems, “magically” appear overnight.

Mushrooms grow wildly just about anywhere where it’s moist, cold and shady. Of course, there are lots of poisonous species out there and I am no mushroom expert; identifying edible ones from the deadly sort is not a chore for me.

So I have painted my own version of these huge honey hooded beauties. My sort certainly won’t kill you and they will survive through many seasons to come.

Today, I’m sharing my “Warts and All” project. It includes step by step written instruction and line drawing. The pattern size was originally created for table coasters but you may enlarge it to any size you prefer.

 Any queries please fill free to ask …. I am always here to help.

Along with the honey brown sort I’ve included a rose capped mushroom…

just to brighten up this dreary season.

Happy painting,

Effie

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Mushrooms final edit

“Warts and All” – Mushroom Coasters

Material

A sheet of 6mm MDF (or off cuts of the same thickness)

Scroll saw

Dust mask

Tracing paper

Transfer paper

Stylus

Fine grade sandpaper

½ inch flat or basecoating brush

No. 4 filbert

No.2 and 4 round brush

¼ inch angle shader

¼ inch deerfoot brush

No.10/0 liner brush

Americana Multi-Purpose Sealer

Jo Sonja’s Jo Sonja’s Classic Colour Collection: Wild Rose

Jo Sonja’s Artist Colours: Smoked Pearl

Americana Acrylics: Traditional Burnt Sienna, Traditional Raw Sienna, True Ochre, Warm White, Fawn,

Americana DuraClear Varnish – Soft Touch

Preparation

From the pattern sheet trace the mushroom outline onto tracing paper and transfer it onto a piece of MDF with the transfer paper and stylus. Cut out the design with the scroll saw wearing the dust mask then sand any rough edges using the sandpaper.

Apply two coats of Sealer using the ½ inch brush; allowing drying time between each coat and sanding well between them.

Then basecoat both the front and the back with three coats of Smoked Pearl using the same brush, again, allowing each coat to dry and sanding between them so a smooth finish is achieved.

 Transferring the design

Trace the design from the pattern sheet onto tracing paper. Using the transfer paper and stylus transfer the main outlines omitting the warts.

Top-Tips for painting

Always allow drying time between coats

 Use the brush that best fits the area you are painting

 The term “float”, is when a brush is side loaded with paint and applied to the surface where a shade or a highlight is required. To do this, firstly you need to wet the angle shader, then remove excess water by placing the flat side of the bristles onto a paper towel and allow the paper to absorb the water. Next, side-load the longest side of the brush with the appropriate colour and blend on the palette by stroking the brush back and forth on the same spot until the colour starts to move across the bristles. The colour must fade to nothing before it reaches the other end of the bristles. At this stage it’s ready for you to apply a “float” of colour onto your work.

Let’s start painting

Base the cap of the rose coloured mushroom with two coats of Wild Rose. Then side load the angle shader with Traditional Burnt Sienna and float around the cap.

Mix equal amounts of Wild Rose and Smoked Pearl on your palette; pick up a small amount of the mix with the tip of the bristles of the dry deer foot brush, then remove any excess paint on a paper towel. Lightly dry brush a highlight in the centre. Let it dry and repeat if a stronger highlight is required.

With the transfer paper and stylus transfer the warts (or you can free hand them in if you prefer) and paint these with two coats of Smoked Pearl.

Mix equal parts of Traditional Raw Sienna and True Ochre on your palette then base the cap of the mustard coloured mushroom with at least two coats of the mix. Mix equal amounts of Traditional Burnt Sienna and Traditional Raw Sienna on your palette, then side load the angle shader with the mix and float around the cap.

Mix equal amounts of the base mix and Smoked Pearl on your palette; pick up a small amount of the mix with the dry deer foot brush, remove any excess on a paper towel and lightly dry brush the highlight in the centre. Let it dry and repeat if a stronger highlight is required. With the transfer paper and stylus transfer the warts (or you can free hand them in) and paint these with two coats of Warm White.

With Traditional Burnt Sienna loaded on the liner brush, paint the three tears on the left hand side of the cap.

Mix equal amounts of Fawn and Traditional Raw Sienna on your palette, then side load the angle shader with the mix and float around the stems.

Pick up a small amount of Smoked Pearl with the dry deer foot brush, remove any excess on a paper towel and lightly dry brush the highlight in the centre. Let it dry then strengthen the highlight with Warm White.

 Varnishing

Rub out any visible transfer lines then apply several coats of Varnish.

 

Warts and All - line drawing

 

©2010Effie Carayannis

 

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