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Woodland Creatures Halloween Tote

Americana® Acrylics

Woodland Creatures Halloween Tote
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Woodland Creatures Halloween Tote

designed by Barb Greve

Populate a canvas bag with costumed forest creatures for a special Halloween tote.

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SUPPLIES

Americana® Acrylics

  • Bright Orange (DA228)
  • Bright Yellow (DA227)
  • Bubblegum Pink (DA250)
  • Honey Brown (DA163)
  • Lamp (Ebony) Black (DAO67)
  • Mocha (DAO60)
  • Neutral Grey (DAO95)
  • Purple Cow (DA272)
  • Thermal Green (Neon) (DHS5)

Primers, Sealers, and Finishes

  • Americana® Matte Spray Finish (DAS13)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • tracing paper
  • transfer paper
  • tape
  • toothpicks
  • #0 liner brush
  • #0 flat brush
  • #0 spotter brush
  • plastic cling wrap
  • 12" x 13" piece of cardboard
  • black marker (Marvy LePen)
  • 12" x 13" white canvas tote
  • stylus or ballpoint pen
  • #2 flat brush

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut a piece of cardboard big enough to fit inside the tote. Cover the cardboard with plastic cling wrap; insert it inside the tote; and tape it into place.
  2. Copy the patterns onto tracing paper. Position the patterns on the front of the tote bag. (See photo for placement.) Transfer the patterns, using a stylus or ballpoint pen with graphite transfer paper between the fabric and pattern.
  3. Spray two coats of Americana Spray Matte Finish over the pattern lines, allowing to dry between coats.
  4. Using a #2 flat brush, paint the moon Bright Yellow.
  5. Use a #0 flat brush to paint "Frankie" owl’s wings and body with a 1:1 mix of Purple Cow and Snow White; owl's face, Thermal Green; beak and feet, Bright Orange; bolts, Bright Yellow; hair, ears, and sides of face, Lamp Black; and eyes, Snow White.
  6. With a #0 flat brush, paint "bride of Frankie" owl’s body and wings, Snow White; hair, ears, and sides of face, Lamp Black; face, Thermal Green; and beak and feet, Bright Orange. Use a #0 spotter brush to paint the zigzag streaks in her hair and eyes Snow White.
  7. Use a #0 flat brush to paint the owls’ treat bucket Snow White; and tree limb, Lamp Black.
  8. Paint the raccoon’s body and tail with a 2:1 mix of Neutral Grey and Snow White; mask, inside of ears, and tail stripes with a mix of Neutral Grey and a dab of Lamp Black. (Dip the handle end of a paintbrush in Lamp Black and stir it into a small puddle of Neutral Grey, about the size of a quarter.)
  9. Paint the hat and pumpkin body on the raccoon, Bright Orange; the stem and collar, Thermal Green; the muzzle and eyes, Snow White; and the pumpkin’s eyes, nose, and mouth, Lamp Black. Paint the spider’s body Lamp Black.
  10. Paint the hedgehog’s body Honey Brown and the hat, with a 1:1 mix of Purple Cow and Snow White. Using a #0 spotter brush, paint the star on the hedgehog’s hat Bright Yellow.
  11. Use a #0 flat brush to paint the caldron Lamp Black. While the Lamp Black is still wet, dip the end of a #0 flat brush in Snow White and add highlights on the cauldron lip and bottom.
  12. Paint the mummy fox’s wrappings, Snow White; face and tail that stick out with a mix of Bright Orange and a dab of Mocha. (Dip the handle end of a paintbrush in Mocha and stir it into a quarter-sized puddle of Bright Orange).
  13. Paint the fox's nozzle, end of his tail, and eyes, Snow White; the wagon, with a 1:1 mix of Purple Cow and Snow White; wheels, a with 2:1 mix of Neutral Grey and Snow White; wagon handle, Lamp Black, using a #0 spotter brush; pumpkin, Bright Orange; pumpkin stem, Thermal Green; and eyes, nose, and mouth, Lamp Black.
  14. Mix water and Bubblegum Pink to a skim milk consistency and paint the inside of raccoon’s and fox’s mouths with the mix.
  15. Using the end of a toothpick, dot in the owls’, raccoon’s, hedgehog’s, and fox’s eyes with Lamp Black. (If you want the eyes bigger, hold the toothpick down and swirl it around in a little larger diameter.)
  16. Using the end of a toothpick, dot in the raccoon’s, hedgehog’s, and fox’s nose with Lamp Black. Using the end of a toothpick, dot in the spider’s eyes with Snow White.
  17. Using a #0 liner brush, line in the spider’s mouth with Snow White.
  18. Using a black ultra-fine liner pen, draw in the cobweb; owls’ treat bucket’s eyes, nose, and mouth; and spider’s string and legs. Also outline around the moon and all characters. (See photo for placement.)

HELPFUL HINTS

Spot clean the tote bag with a damp cloth or use soap and water for more serious stains.

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