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Mixed Media "Dreamer" Painted Guitar

DecoArt® Personally Yours™ Stencils

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Mixed Media "Dreamer" Painted Guitar

designed by Micaela Spiggle

Americana® Multi-Surface Satins and stencils, including Personally Yours™ Stencils, make this guitar sing.

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Learn more about DecoArt® Personally Yours™ Stencils.

SUPPLIES

Americana® Decou-Page™

  • Outdoor Decou-Page (DS117)

Americana® Multi-Surface Acrylics

  • Battleship (DA549)
  • Black Tie (DA539)
  • Buff Beige (DA509)
  • Coastal Waters (DA523)
  • Cocoa Bean (DA535)
  • Coffee Bean (DA536)
  • Cotton Ball (DA500)
  • Leprechaun (DA519)
  • Night Sky (DA529)
  • Paprika (DA512)
  • Peach Silk (DA542)
  • Soft Jade (DA545)

Americana® Stencils

  • Doily (6" x 8") (ASMM18)
  • From A to Z (12" x 12") (ASMM35)

DecoArt® Personally Yours™ Stencils

  • Between the Lines - Saloon (12" x 12") (PYB104)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • tracing paper
  • transfer paper
  • scissors
  • 3/4" flat brush
  • #10 flat brush
  • 1" painter's tape
  • computer paper
  • pen
  • #1 round brush
  • assorted scrapbook paper
  • cosmetic sponges
  • animal image (of choice)
  • animal print stencil (of choice)
  • wooden guitar

INSTRUCTIONS

NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Remove the guitar strings.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Rip pieces of painter's tape to protect the rosette if you like the color it came in. (Mine was a mint color so I wanted to keep it.)
    Step 1 Example
  3. Use a 3/4" flat brush and Buff Beige to basecoat the entire guitar neck and frets. Rinse brush.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Print off an animal image of your choice. (I chose a Pomeranian because it is similar to a small wolf and is also my favorite dog breed.)
    Step 3 Example
  5. Use a 3/4" flat brush to apply Americana Outdoor Decou-Page to the guitar. Lay down the animal print and apply more Decou-Page on top to seal. Rinse brush. Let dry completely.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Use a pen and the tracing and transfer papers to trace and transfer the headdress pattern onto the animal image.
  7. Use the #10 flat brush and Coastal Waters to paint the band around the animal's head and the middle of all feathers. Rinse brush.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Use the same brush and Battleship to paint the triangles on the head band part of the headdress; the beginnings of the feathers on the headdress; and the mountains under the bridge of the guitar. Rinse brush.
    Step 7 Example
  9. Use the same brush and Peach Silk to paint the details on the feathers and the band of the headdress. Rinse brush.
    Step 8 Example
  10. Use the same brush and Black Tie to add the tops of the feathers; outline the entire headdress; shade the bottom edges of the guitar body and under the mountains; and add a road leading to the mountains. Rinse brush.
    Step 9 Example
  11. Use a stencil with an animal print of choice. (I am using a cheetah print.) Place the stencil on the guitar neck and load a cosmetic sponge with Black Tie. Lightly pounce in sections until you fill the entire neck of guitar. Wash stencil. Let dry completely.
    Step 10 Example
  12. Use a #1 round brush and Cocoa Bean to fill in the cheetah print. Rinse brush.
    Step 11 Example
  13. Use the #10 flat brush and double-load with Battleship and Cocoa Bean. Lightly dab all over and under the mountains and around the road. Make all edges darker by adding more Cocoa Bean. Rinse brush. Let dry completely.
    Step 12 Example
  14. Use a #1 round brush and Leprechaun to lightly dab little areas of bushes. Add a very small amount of Black Tie to shade the bushes. Rinse brush. Let dry completely.
    Step 13 Example
  15. Use the Americana Doily Stencil where the neck of the guitar meets the top of the body. Load a cosmetic sponge with Soft Jade and lightly pounce half of the doily on one side of the neck; repeat on the other side of the neck. Do the center three times under the large one to make a dream catcher. Rinse the stencil.
    Step 14 Example
  16. Use a #10 flat brush and Cotton Ball to basecoat the rings around the dream catcher circles; the string from rings; and the partial feathers. Rinse brush. Use the same brush and paint over the same rings with Coastal Waters and the feathers with Night Sky. Rinse brush.
    Step 15 Example
  17. Add the word "Dreamer" to the neck of the guitar. (I used two stencils for this part: Personally Yours Saloon and Americana From A to Z.) Load a cosmetic sponge with Peach Silk and pounce on the letters switching back and forth to the different-sized stencils.
    Step 16 Example
  18. Use a pen and the tracing and transfer papers to transfer the girl and horse patterns to computer paper. Use a #1 round brush to paint the girl's skin Buff Beige. Add a small amount of Peach Silk to highlight and shade. Rinse brush.
  19. For the girl's dress and boots, transfer the pattern onto scrapbook papers of your choice. Cut out and use a #10 flat brush to adhere them to the guitar with Outdoor Decou-Page. Rinse brush.
  20. Use the same brush to mix a small amount of Cotton Ball with Coffee Bean. Use the mix to fill in the horse. Rinse brush. Use the same brush with Coffee Bean to outline the horse, mane, and tail. Use the same brush and Cocoa Bean to fill in the tail. Rinse brush. Use scissors to cut out all shapes.
  21. Use a 3/4" flat brush to adhere the horse and girl to the guitar with Outdoor Decou-Page. Use a #1 round brush to paint her hair Paprika. Rinse brush.
  22. Use a pen to trace and transfer the camper patterns onto scrapbook papers of your choice. Use scissors to cut out shapes.
  23. Use a 3/4" flat brush to adhere all the camper parts to the guitar. Water down Night Sky to make a wash over the top of the camper and a wash of Buff Beige for the bottom half.
  24. Use a #1 round brush and Black Tie to paint on the tires and outline the entire camper. Rinse brush.
  25. Dip the handle end of all brushes into Cotton Ball to make random stars. Use the brush tip of a #1 round brush to pull the points out of the dots to make starbursts. Wipe off the handles and rinse brush.
  26. Once fully cured, add the strings back to the guitar and it is ready to play or hang for display.