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Kentucky Derby Mixed Media Art

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Kentucky Derby Mixed Media Art
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Kentucky Derby Mixed Media Art

designed by PLA Schneider

Commemorate the upcoming "Run for the Roses" in mixed media with DecoArt Media®.

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Americana® Stencils

  • Distressed Numbers (12" x 12") (ASMM32)

DecoArt Media® Fluid Acrylics

  • Cobalt Blue Hue (DMFA08)
  • Cobalt Teal Hue (DMFA10)
  • Green Gold (DMFA14)
  • Primary Magenta (DMFA29)
  • Primary Yellow (DMFA28)
  • Prussian Blue Hue (DMFA30)
  • Pyrrole Orange (DMFA21)
  • Pyrrole Red (DMFA18)
  • Titanium White (DMFA39)

DecoArt Media® Specialty Products

  • Matte Medium (DMM20)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • 1" flat brush
  • #8 round brush
  • scrapbook paper (white with small black print/words)
  • canvas (24" x 30")
  • palette knife
  • printed images (horses and jockeys: 3)


  1. Take dabs of Pyrrole Red, Cobalt Teal Hue, Green Gold, Primary Magenta, Pyrrole Orange, and Primary Yellow directly from the bottle to dot on the canvas. Use a palette knife to drag the paint horizontally across the canvas.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Add more paint as needed and continue dragging. (See photo: It will look something like this once the entire canvas is covered.)
    Step 1 Example
  3. Use a 1" flat brush to paint the bottom half of the canvas in Green Gold. Mix Primary Magenta with Matte Medium 1:2 and Pyrrole Red with Matte Medium 1:2. Use both mixes to paint the top half of the canvas.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Use the Distressed Numbers stencil to randomly stencil numbers throughout the top portion of the canvas in Prussian Blue Hue and Cobalt Blue Hue. Cut strips of the scrapbook paper (approximately 1/4" wide) to make the fence. Use a 3/4" flat brush to adhere with Matte Medium. (Refer to photo for placement.)
    Step 3 Example
  5. Find images of racehorses and jockeys online and print. Using a #8 round brush, paint over the horses using all three blues. Use a #8 round brush to add highlights in Titanium White. Paint over the jockeys using colors of your choice. Let dry. Once dry, cut out with scissors.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Place the racehorses and jockeys on the canvas and adhere in place using a 1" flat brush and Matte Medium. (Refer to photo for placement.)
    Step 5 Example
  7. Using a #8 round brush, outline the horses and jockeys in Prussian Blue Hue and blend outward. Using a 3/4" flat brush, loosely paint a border around the perimeter of the canvas in Prussian Blue Hue and blend inward.
    Step 6 Example