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Free as a Bird

by: norma gomez
March 1, 2017

Free as a Bird

Hello, Hello, Norma here with you today to share my latest DecoArt Media project. I’m calling this one Free As a Bird for obvious reasons, lol.

Items needed :

  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Raw Sienna
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - English Red Oxide
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Violet
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Primary Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Diarylide Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Sap Green
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Payne's Grey
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Gold
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Modeling Paste - White
  • Americana Decor Stencils - Celestial Sun
  • Americana Stencils 6x8 - Aztec
  • Americana Decou-Page (Glue-Sealer-Finish) 8oz - Americana Decou-Page Matte
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Patina Green
  • Vintage Photo Ink
  • Bird Stamp
  • Graphite Pencil
  • Square Sponge
  • Wooden Plaque
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Assorted Brushes

Instructions :

I started out by adhering a sheet of scrapbook paper to my wooden plaque using Decoupage. Then I applied a thin layer of white gesso to give the paint something to grab onto as I started painting. I used water to thin it down a bit so that you could still see a little bit of the floral print underneath. Next I sketched my girl using a graphite art pencil.

This time I decided to use Sap Green as my grounding color. I used a size 00 round brush to create my outline before filling in my sketch and then added the shadows.

I worked a little backwards here. I didn’t think of adding the sun behind her until after so I had to create a mask out of scrap paper to cover her up. To give the sun a lot of depth, I used a combination of yellows with a bit of gold. I like to get the image stenciled and then go back and add the highlights and lowlights with a paint brush. I think that helps to really make the image pop.

It’s kinda hard to tell from the pic but, the sentiment is raised. I used the Personally Yours, Urban Ink stencil set with modeling paste. I also mixed in some burnt umber and then added more paint after it was dry. You guys!!! I totally LOVE the Personally Yours stencils!!!! If you’re a funky bohemian chic like me, then you NEED to go get these, like now!!

I kept painting of her clothing very loose. I liked the sorta washed/watercolor look that I got from the yellows and browns. All I did was add a little bit of Paynes Grey, Sap Green and Carbon Black to add a little more definition.

I used gold for her jewelry along with the Patina Green Antiquing Cream. I also applied the Patina Green antiquing cream to the background. Ok you guys, this is another must have for your paint collection. The color is super gorgeous!!! I really, really love it, like for real!! Well, I think that’s it! Thank you so much for sharing a piece of your day with us and don't forget to check out my teamies projects for more inspiration! 

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


She is truly STUNNING Norma. All the DecoArt Media colors are so VIVIDLY BRIGHT and BOLDLY BEAUTIFUL. Love the gold accents and the Patina Green Antiquing Cream is perfect. Her clothing is almost as GORGEOUS as her hair! Love the background paper and the shape of the board... it's just all ELEGANT and yes... FREE! Xj.


March 7, 2017

I really love the finished project and especially all the jewelry and hair. Well, I guess I love the whole thing!!!


March 10, 2017

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