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Charming Autumn Tree Sign

Traditions™ Artist Acrylic

Charming Autumn Tree Sign
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Charming Autumn Tree Sign

designed by Beth Gilliam

Celebrate the season with a sign full of the colors and inspiration of fall.

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Learn more about Traditions™ Artist Acrylic.

SUPPLIES

Primers, Sealers, and Finishes

  • Americana® Matte Spray Finish (DAS13)

Traditions™ Artist Acrylic

  • Burnt Sienna (DAT44)
  • Carbon Black (DAT42)
  • Indian Yellow (DAT11)
  • Perinone Orange (DAT08)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • stylus or pencil
  • tracing paper
  • #2 liner brush
  • #6 round brush
  • sea sponge
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • grey and white graphite paper
  • soft rag
  • #4 round brush (scruffy)
  • 12" x 36" wooden board
  • picture hanger

INSTRUCTIONS

NOTE: Allow 20 minutes drying time between paint applications.

  1. Place separate puddles of Perinone Orange, Indian Yellow, and Burnt Sienna on the palette or plastic plate. Sponge on the background to front and sides of the board using all three colors; start at the top with the darker colors and use more of the lighter color as you come down. (Do not rinse out the sea sponge between colors.) Work small sections at a time, pressing hard so the sea sponge blends the colors together slightly. (This way you do not get blotches of paint.) Let dry.
  2. After the background is dry, lightly hand-sand on the top and edges of the board with 120-grit sandpaper. Wipe off the dust.
  3. Apply the leaf patterns using white graphite paper and the stylus.
  4. Using the scruffy #4 round brush and the #6 round brush, fill in each leaf with one coat of paints, using the blending technique. (Each leaf has two colors: Some are Indian Yellow and Perinone Orange; others are Burnt Sienna and Indian Yellow. Only apply one coat of paint to the leaves so that when you sand the board, the leaves slightly fade away.) Let dry.
  5. Add the veins to the leaves using the #2 liner brush and Burnt Sienna mixed with a few drops of water.
  6. After the leaves and veins are dry, lightly hand-sand over the entire board. Remove any dust.
  7. Apply the font pattern to the front of the board, using the black graphite paper and the stylus. (See photo for placement.)
  8. Fill in each letter using the #2 liner brush and two coats of Carbon Black. Apply shadow lines to the right sides of the lettering and around some of the leaf sections using the liner brush and a mix of Burnt Sienna and a few drops of water.
  9. Let dry. Lightly hand-sand over the entire board again and remove any dust.
  10. Let the board dry overnight.
  11. Spray the board the next day with three coats of Americana Matte Spray Finish, allowing it to dry between applications.
  12. Paint the back of the board with one coat of Carbon Black. Let dry.
  13. Add a picture hanger to the back of the board.

HELPFUL HINTS

Using tracing paper makes it easier to apply the leaf and font patterns to the surface. Tracing paper is light and thin so you do not need a lot of pressure when applying the pattern with graphite paper.

When you paint leaves with one coat, the lines from the graphite paper may show through. Before painting the leaves, lightly rub off a little of the graphite lines.