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.
“Warts and All” – Mushroom Coasters
A sheet of 6mm MDF (or off cuts of the same thickness)
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
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.
Rub out any visible transfer lines then apply several coats of Varnish.