by General Crafts Contributor Michelle
Create a pretty, romantic painting for Valentine’s Day with this simple tutorial.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- Darice Studio 71 Traditional Canvas 12 x 16 in.
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Coral Shell
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint 2 oz. #164 Light Buttermilk
- The Crafters Workshop Modeling Paste 8 oz Nice & Thick White
- Multicraft Tools Palette Knife
- Stampendous Fran-Tage Shaved Ice .49 oz.
- Decoart Extreme Sheen Metallic Paint 2 oz. 24K Gold
- Elmer’s School Glue Washable
- Royal Super Value Paint Brush Pack 25 pc. Variety
Using a wide brush, paint the entire canvas with a coat of the coral shell colored acrylic. While it is still wet, drip some of the light buttermilk color randomly over the canvas, and then blend into the coral cover to give your canvas some variation in color. Let dry.
Use your pencil to lightly sketch an elongated heart shape–this will form the outside edge of your wings.
Next sketch in the inside edge of your wings.
Take a large dollop of your modeling paste with your pallet knife, and apply it to one of your wings. With the pallet knife, begin “frosting” a layer of the paste all over your wing–do not apply it any thicker than 1/4-inch thick. As you frost, use the pallet knife to make rounded feather shapes into the paste–you want to create ridges along the edges of the feathers to define them, keeping the inner portion of the feather thinner. Make the feathers in rows, staggering feathers in each row down.
Make the feathers at the top of the wing smaller, and more rounded in shape. Work on elongating the feathers as you work down the wing, making the longest feathers at the point at the bottom, and making them more pointed in shape.
Once you have both wings formed with the modelling paste, let them dry completely.
Using a smaller, flat brush, lightly dry brush gold highlights along the top, and sides of the wings. Paint a small heart between the wings. Let dry.
Apply a thin coat of Elmer’s Glue to the top of each wing with a small, flat paintbrush. While it is wet, sprinkle the shaved ice glitter over the glue, tapping off the extra glitter. Let dry.
Now hang up your beautiful wings and admire them!