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The Green Man of the Forest

by: Maura Hibbitts
February 21, 2017

The Green Man of the Forest

Hi, Maura here, with my first project for the DecoArt Media blog, and am I excited to share this with you!

I have always been fascinated with mythology and stories, and I love when I can bring what is in my imagination out in a creative project. The Green Man is closely associated with the Celts and symbolizes nature, rebirth and the coming of spring among other ideas. Living in deep winter right now, the coming of spring sounds wonderful to me!

I love using found objects in my work, and when my son brought in the rusted out clamp from his truck he was working on, I knew I had to create something special to showcase it. It frames my Green Man’s face and adds something unusual to my canvas. Why not look around and see what kind of cool, old objects you can repurpose? 

Items needed :

  • Andy Skinner Stencils 6x6 - Snake's Web
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Burnt Sienna
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Apple Green
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Blue Green Light
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold
  • 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 Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Varnishes - Ultra-Matte Varnish
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Green Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cadmium Orange Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Hansa Yellow Medium
  • Canvas Board
  • Found Object
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Palette Knife
  • Tissue Wrap
  • Black Archival Ink
  • Assorted Stamps
  • Pearls
  • Wire
  • Wire Cutters
  • Baby Wipes
  • Awl
  • Scissors
  • Beacon Craft Glue
  • Heat Tool

Instructions :

Seal your found object with Ultra Matte Varnish, especially if it is rusty. 

Stamp Leaf and Acorn images with Archival ink onto tissue wrap and canvas. 

Since my found object is heavy for the canvas, I measured and punched small holes into the canvas with an awl, so that later I can wire my piece into place.  

Paint the canvas with black gesso and let dry. Don’t worry if it is not completely covered.  

Mix Modeling Paste and Green Gold Fluid Acrylic together with a palette knife. Apply mixture to stencil with palette knife around the area for the face, and let dry completely. 

Randomly apply your green paints onto the canvas with a brush and your fingers. Use the baby wipe to smudge paint, as well as lift it from stenciled area if needed.  

Tear stamped face out of tissue wrap and adhere to canvas with Matte Medium. I like to apply a layer underneath as well as on top. Let dry.  

Smudge face with Green Gold, Hansa Yellow Medium, Quinacridone Gold and Burnt Sienna fluid acrylics. 

Layer more color onto the main canvas with Green Gold, Metallic Gold, Quinacridone Gold, and Burnt Sienna. I dry brushed some on, and smudged some with my fingers. Again, use the baby wipe to remove any excess. Let dry.  

While the canvas is drying, lightly paint in the stamped images with Hansa Yellow Medium, Cadmium Orange Hue, Burnt Sienna, and Quinacridone Gold fluid Acrylics. I like to put a bit of paint on my finger and work it in. Lightly mist images with the Carbon Black mister. Let dry. 

Fussy cut the stamped images. Adhere the stamped tissue wrap with Matte Medium around the face. Use craft glue to attach the stems and base of canvas leaves, so they will slightly lift. Glue the pearls into place. Attach found object (Exhaust clamp in mine) with wire and glue. Wrap wire around awl to create tendrils.  

Smudge Burnt Sienna around the edges to “frame” the canvas. Use your finger and smudge a bit of the Metallic Gold onto the found object and pearls. 

I am honored to share my first project with you, and hope I have inspired you to use your imagination and found objects! 

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


I love found objects. Great tip about sealing with matte medium. I have used DecoArt products but didn't know there was a line of fluid acrylics. I'm head to the craft store now. Thanks for the inspiration Maura!


February 21, 2017

Wow, interesting use of the found object. I would never have thought of that. Good work!

Gigi Black

February 21, 2017

Nice work

Kathy Gledsdale

February 22, 2017

AMAZING Maura. What a FABULOUSLY CREATIVE project. Love those vivid DecoArt Media colors. It's so fun to see Andy's Snake stencil transformed to cascading leaves with the DecoArt Media Modeling paste! Xj.


February 22, 2017

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