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Boho Elephant

by: norma gomez
April 25, 2017

Boho Elephant

Hey! Norma here, with another DecoArt Media project. I’m super excited to share my India inspired painted elephant with you today. I absolutely LOVE the way this turned out and I hope you do too. So, let’s get to it!

Items needed :

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Teal Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Burnt Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Blue Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Dark Grey Value 3
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Prussian Blue Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Red
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Violet
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Magenta
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Vermillion Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Yellow Green Light
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Modeling Paste - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - Black
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Medium Grey Value 6
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Diarylide Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Dioxazine Purple
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Green Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Hansa Yellow Light
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Phthalo Turquoise
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Primary Cyan
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Primary Magenta
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Gold
  • Americana Decor Stencils - Bees & Birds
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Chalk Art Pencil
  • White Gel Pens
  • Stretched Canvasq
  • Stazon Ink: Black

Instructions :

I decided to start off with a dark base so I covered my canvas with three layers of black gesso. This gave a nice smooth background to build upon. Next lay down blues, reds, purples and a touch of yellow. 

Use various shades of blues and purples to paint the elephant creating shadows and highlights as you go. Add extra depth to the background using vermillion. Spray with water to continue with the dripping effect.

 

Next add beautiful details to your painted elephant using a combination of white paint, white gel pens and gold paint. You also want to use all the background colors to add highlights and lowlights to your elephant.

Add interest to the background by painting the flowers and randomly stamping various bohemian designs everywhere. Be sure to go back over the stamped designs with your background colors to help intergrade them into the overall design.

Next add beautiful details to your painted elephant using a combination of white paint, white gel pens and gold paint. You also want to use all the background colors to add highlights and lowlights to your elephant.

I used the antiquing cream to tone down the colors once I was completely done with my canvas. The antiquing cream helps give the canvas that warm rich tone. Thank you so much for joining me today!! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section. Have a beautiful day!

Be sure to visit Little Honey Bee Studios for more projects and to learn more about norma gomez.

Comments

Ooh this is a beauty! The colours are fabulous, and such amazing attention to detail :-)

Kate Crane

April 25, 2017

Norma, So very gorgeous - beautiful background and beautiful elephant. Did you freehand the beautiful elephant?

Kathy Bradley

April 25, 2017

Norma, your elephant is gorgeous! I love the wonderful rich colors and design!

maura

April 25, 2017

Thank you so much Kate, Kathy and Maura! Kathy, yes I freehanded the elephant using a photo I found on Pinterest as a guide.

Norma Gomez

April 26, 2017

Fantastic piece of art!!! Great techniques!!!

Natassa Blazaki

April 27, 2017

Norma, estoy fascinada con este elefante, realmente está maravilloso y me gustaría mucho poder seguirte en tus clases y ver otros proyectos tuyos Gracias por compartir Atlanta, Georgia

Martha Villarreal

April 27, 2017

OH.. the colors - the LUSCIOUSLY LAVISH DecoArt Media colors... WOW. Absolutely STUNNING Norma. So so so LOVELY. Xj.

Joi@RR

April 27, 2017

Norma, This is absolutely Exquisite!!!! I would love it hanging in my home! hint hint

Jackie Neal

April 29, 2017

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