Happy Earth Day | Celebrate our Beautiful World

By: Maura Hibbitts
April 22, 2020

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Happy Earth Day | Celebrate our Beautiful World
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There is always time to seek out the beauty in this wonderful world we live in. Yes, these are scary days no matter where you live, but we can calm ourselves with the beauty that nature offers us. On this Earth Day 2020, take some time to pause and appreciate all the little things around us. Take walk outside, getting your garden ready for the season, looking for the flowers peeking up through the snow…these can bring joy to your heart and nourish your soul. Be well!

Items needed:

  • Americana Enchanted 2oz - Ultra Black Basecoat
  • Americana Enchanted 2oz - Magenta
  • Americana Enchanted 2oz - Blue
  • Americana Enchanted 2oz - Violet
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Cactus Flower
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Matcha Green
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Jadeite Glass
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Moody Blue
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Warm Sunset
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Cobblestone
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Snow (Titanium) White
  • Americana Neon Lights 2oz - Peach Punch
  • Americana Neons 2oz - Sizzling Pink
  • Glamour Dust Glitter (Liquid Glitter Paint) 2oz - Aqua
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Hansa Yellow Medium
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Pyrrole Orange
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Media Varnishes - Ultra-Matte Varnish
  • Americana Stencils 12x12 - Segmented Swirls
  • Canvas 8x8
  • Deli paper
  • Stickers
  • Scissors
  • Black ink pad
  • Black ink pen
  • Splatter brush
  • 1-inch flat brush
  • 1/2-inch flat brush
  • #3 detailer brush
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • Heat tool
  • Plastic (packaging, bag, or cling wrap)

Instructions:

Step 1: Brush a fairly thick layer of gesso onto the canvas, then press some plastic wrap into the gesso and leave for a bit to create some texture. (A bit of the blue ink from the packaging came off, but no worries, it will be covered.) Let dry completely. 

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Step 2: Draw a wavy line with a pencil, then brushed the Ultra-black Enchanted paint in the top section for a night sky. Once it dries, brush on the Enchanted Blue, then blend in some Magenta and Violet. Now let me tell you, this paint is magic!! It transforms as soon as you brush it on the black, and it was an “Oh WOW” moment for me!

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Step 3: Now for the landscape section in the lower half of the canvas. I’m using the lovely new 2020 colors for my canvas. Paint in patchy areas with the Matcha Green, Jadeite Glass and Eucalyptus Leaf. Be sure to paint around the edges of the canvas, since they will show. Sometimes, it is just easier to blend with your finger, so I did that and finished the greens. 

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Step 4: As I worked, I wiped off any extra paint onto a couple of sheets of deli paper to use later in my project. 

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Step 5: To create the illusion of flowers in the landscape, dot in several colors, starting with Cobblestone, then Moody Blue, Warm Sunset, and finishing with Cactus Flower. I tried using a skewer stick, then switched to a small detail brush which worked better. 

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Step 6: Go back into the night sky with the Segmented Swirls stencil and Aqua Glamour Dust, to add in a bit of interest and texture. A cosmetic sponge is a great tool for working with a stencil, just be sure to use a bit of paint. 

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Step 7: Take the splatter brush and a bit of watered down Titanium White and splatter it into the night sky to create stars.

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Step 8: I brushed and blended additional colors onto the deli papers, using Neon Peach Punch and Sizzling Pink. I also blended in some Fluid Acrylics in Hansa Yellow Medium and Pyrrole Orange, then added a bit of the Aqua Glamour Dust paint. Let this dry completely. 

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Step 9: Use a permanent black pen to sketch out the collage pieces on the deli paper. Cut out, then adhere to the canvas with Ultra Matte Varnish. Let dry completely. 

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Step 10: Doodle in more details with the flowers using the black pen. Add the word strips, and edge the canvas with black ink. 

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Details: I am really looking forward to Spring, and since my flowers are not blooming yet, I had fun creating my own whimsical flowers. One of my favorite techniques is to add in some doodling with a black pen. I like how it makes everything pop. Let’s all appreciate our beautiful world. Take care and be well, Maura 

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Be sure to visit TwoCraftingSisters  for more projects and to learn more about Maura Hibbitts.

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