How to Paint a Bunny

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Paint it once on canvas or watercolor paper, then upload it and print it off for a number of decorative projects. Print it onto iron-on transfer paper and make table runners, placemats, tshirts, etc. Print it on paper, decoupage it and transform ordinary objects into your own works of art.The tutorial is free for you to use. Please provide a link back to so everyone can enjoy free paint tutorials.


<p>MuralMaker &amp; more</p> <p>Paint It Yourself (PIY) Kits</p> <p>Bunny Paint Project</p> <p>This project can either be painted onto fabric or watercolor paper. If you paint it on to watercolor paper, take a picture, you can then print it on to iron-on transfer paper for your table runner. The image could then be printed for other decorative items such as aprons, greeting cards, candle wraps . . . the possibilities are endless! At the end of the photos youll find the pattern to download as well as General Tips &amp; FAQs. If you run into any issues, please contact me. This photo tutorial is for watercolor paper which affords a little more leeway for beginning artists. If youd like a background color, paint that first, allow to dry &amp; then transfer your pattern.Your artwork will not look like mine, but thats okay. Make it your own and have fun!</p> <p>Mural Maker &amp; More</p> <p></p> <p>MuralMaker &amp; more</p> <p>Paint It Yourself (PIY) Kits</p> <p>Supplies Watercolor Paper at least 8-1/2 x 11 Graphite Transfer Paper (available in crafts stores) Paper towels Two water basins one to clean dirty brushes; one for clean water Foam plate Stylus or ball point pen to transfer pattern</p> <p>Paints &amp; BrushesThese are recommended colors only. Delta Ceramcoat was used, but any acrylic paint will work.</p> <p>Sweet Pea - basecoat Dusty Plum shading White - highlight Flat Brushes size 6 &amp; 10 Liner Brush</p> <p>Mural Maker &amp; More</p> <p></p> <p>MuralMaker &amp; more</p> <p>Paint It Yourself (PIY) Kits</p> <p>Step 1Download the line art pattern its the last page of this tutorial. Pattern follows the pictures. You can enlarge or reduce it, however it is sized to fit iron-on transfer paper.</p> <p>Step 1Place pattern on watercolor paper. Painters tape is helpful in case you need to lift the pattern and then reposition it. With a stylus or ball point pen, trace the outline of the flower, ribbon and leaves. If the transfer markings are too dark on the watercolor paper, use an eraser to lighten them to where you can still see them, but theyre not going to show through the paint. If you dont have transfer paper, turn pattern over and mark over line art with a pencil. The graphite from the pencil will work as a transfer.</p> <p>Mural Maker &amp; More</p> <p></p> <p>MuralMaker &amp; more</p> <p>Paint It Yourself (PIY) Kits</p> <p>Step 2Basecoat bunny with Sweet Pea using your largest paintbrush.</p> <p>Mural Maker &amp; More</p> <p></p> <p>MuralMaker &amp; more</p> <p>Paint It Yourself (PIY) Kits</p> <p>Step 3Shade with Dusty Plum in designated areas. Mural Maker &amp; More</p> <p>MuralMaker &amp; more</p> <p>Paint It Yourself (PIY) Kits</p> <p>Step 4Apply 1st highlight with White in areas shown.</p> <p>Mural Maker &amp; More</p> <p></p> <p>MuralMaker &amp; more</p> <p>Paint It Yourself (PIY) Kits</p> <p>Step 5Topcoat with Sweet Pea all areas except cheeks, muzzle, teeth, tummy &amp; tail. Mural Maker &amp; More</p> <p>MuralMaker &amp; more</p> <p>Paint It Yourself (PIY) Kits</p> <p>Step 6Apply 2nd highlight coat of White. Mural Maker &amp; More</p> <p>MuralMaker &amp; more</p> <p>Paint It Yourself (PIY) Kits</p> <p>Mural Maker &amp; More</p> <p></p> <p>MuralMaker &amp; moreGeneral InstructionsSupplies </p> <p>Paint It Yourself (PIY) Kits</p> <p>Two water buckets one for dirty brushes, one for clean water Foam plate to pour paint on Paper towels Watercolor paper or canvas Graphite or transfer paper or you can use a pencil on back of pattern. See FAQ below. Stylus or ball point pen to transfer pattern Paint Brushes</p> <p>This is a simple technique that doesnt require previous painting experience. This is because youll layer the colors on. Basecoat, shade, highlight, then topcoat. Since most colors in craft paints are not usually opaque in their coverage, underpainting (shading &amp; highlighting) will peek through after you topcoat. Everyone paints differently so everyones painting will look a little different. How wet your brush is with water, how many coats you apply, how heavily you apply the paint or lightly, even the pigments in the paint will affect the overall appearance. Ive tried to cover all variables above in my notes, if not my pictures. The most important thing to remember is its only paint! You can always start over by whiting out your original design.</p> <p>TipsPaintsYou dont have to use the colors Ive used. Go ahead and pick your own. Just choose colors that are fairly close in hue range.</p> <p>BrushesFlat Brush rectangular in shape Round Brushes pointed brushes (I dont use these but some people like them.) Liners thin pointed brushes My brushes of choice for craft paints are Donna Dewberrys. You can get them at Michaels and some Walmarts, or online, or course. They last well, hold their shape and are not too expensive. They also come in some good groupings, which are a nice value. Always dip your brush in clean water &amp; then towel off excess moisture before picking up paint. Liner brushes dip in water, towel off moisture. Roll in paint sideways to get fine tip. Cleaning Your Brushes I use regular bar soap. Rinse the brush with clean water, stroke it thru the soap and rinse again. Once the paint is completely removed, I take a few soap suds and leave them in the brush, form it back into shape and let it dry laying flat. If you allow it to dry upright, itll lose its shape.</p> <p>Mural Maker &amp; More</p> <p></p> <p>MuralMaker &amp; moreTransferring the pattern</p> <p>Paint It Yourself (PIY) Kits</p> <p>You can use graphite paper, sewing transfer paper, or an art transfer paper that is removed w/water. I always use graphite paper because I have it on hand. Youll probably have to go over the transfer and erase it to lighten up the pattern. If you dont have transfer paper, turn the pattern over and rub a pencil over the outlines. Then turn it right side up, place it on top of your watercolor paper, and trace the design with a ball point pencil. Try to mark your transfer inside the pattern line, rather than right on top if it. Your transfer lines will be covered better. This way if you go outside the lines when painting, you can easily add to it. Much easier than trying to remove paint.</p> <p>Painting TipsDip your brush in water first, before paint. Just take a paper towel and remove the majority of the moisture. The water will keep the paint from drying in your brush if its out of water for too long. Basecoat - fill in from the outside of pattern, moving towards center. If you have ridges of paint build up, try and smooth them. But if theyre on the edge of your pattern, just leave it. Shade about 2 shades darker than basecoat. Shading will cause area to visually recede. Highlight about 3 shades up from basecoat and/or White. Highlights will visually bring that area forward or make it more prominent. White you can always use white to highlight. You just might have to add more glaze over any imperfections. Detail colors you can detail either with paint or felt pens. For some fine work, fine tip felt pens will feel more comfortable at first. Theyre just harder to correct. I usually detail with paint and then come over it with felt pen. Topcoat apply basecoat color over designated areas. Too light, apply another coat. If it covers up your shading &amp; highlighting, apply additional coats of these.</p> <p>Generally speaking, I apply highlighting next to shading. Not always, but frequently. Finishing Touches You can take a felt pen and draw around the outlines for more definition. Fine tip Sharpies work fine. Or Micron Pigma pens, available in an arts &amp; crafts store or online. Pigma pens come in all kinds of colors and fine tips.</p> <p>Painting curvesIf youre right handed, itll be easier to move from left to right. If youre left handed, you might find it easier to paint curves from right to left.</p> <p>Mural Maker &amp; More</p> <p></p> <p>MuralMaker &amp; moreTerms</p> <p>Paint It Yourself (PIY) Kits</p> <p>Opaque complete paint coverage with no layers showing underneath Translucent sheer coverage, allowing layers underneath to show through Sideloading - Dip one corner of your flat brush into the paint. Dont worry about how it looks when first applied. After you apply one or two topcoats, any imperfections will lessen.</p> <p>Floating Medium/GelEach pattern is designed to be painted with full strength paint. At some point, however, you might want to experiment with Floating medium for shading, highlighting &amp; topcoating. The medium makes your paint translucent, so the layers beneath show thru a bit. To use Medium, dip your brush in the medium, work it thru by stroking the brush back and forth on your foam plate, then pick up some paint and stroke back and forth. This will mix the paint &amp; medium together. Now what? What can you do with your painting, other than frame it? Take a picture, or scan it, into your computer. Reducing the image will make it look clearer, as opposed to enlarging it. Print it onto iron on transfer paper and iron it on to fabric table runners, wall hangings, pillows, etc. Print it onto vellum or tissue paper &amp; wrap candles. Use it as decoupage paper for all kinds of projects.</p> <p>FAQsWhat if transfer markings show thru the basecoat? Its best to erase dark markings before you basecoat. But if they do show through, youll just need a few more basecoats. Or, you can outline the pattern with your detail color or a felt pen when youre done painting. What if I paint outside the pattern edges? Take a clean damp brush and wipe outside the edge, picking up the oops area. It may require a few pickups, rinsing in clean water each time. If you catch it soon enough, this usually works, although some dark colors are just hard to remove. Then you might have to overpaint outside the design to clean it up. What if I want a color around the pattern? Do I paint it first or last? Its easiest to do your background first, although sometimes I add it as an afterthought carefully. I like to leave the background plain so I can use it for different crafts after scanning it into my computer. If youre Photoshop savvy, you can always add or delete the background to your liking. What if I paint over the pattern detail on the inside? If you cant see the detail line art, reposition the pattern onto your paper/canvas, tape it in place and transfer markings again. Do I have to use the same colors as the sample? Not at all. But youll want to choose your basecoat, then a shading color about 2 shades darker. You can almost always use White for highlighting, or a very light shade of your basecoat. How many basecoats do I need to do? That depends upon how wet your brush is and how you stroke your paint. Some people have a naturally light touch; others are heavy. The goal in basecoating is to have a fairly even appearance, with no obvious brushstroke lines. Mural Maker &amp; More</p> <p>MuralMaker &amp; more</p> <p>Paint It Yourself (PIY) Kits</p> <p>What if I dont want to cover the shading and/or highlighting? Leave them! If you like the appearance of your details, by all means, leave them as is. Can I do two applications of shading or highlighting? Definitely. Often, two applications gives a deeper, richer look. Why do I dip my brush in water before the paint? A damp brush helps the paint flow a bit smoother. It also protects your brush from dried paint building up, which will ruin the brush eventually. How wet should my brush be? Its really more of a personal preference. I dip my brush in water and then get most of it off on a paper towel. My brush is damp, not sopping wet. How much paint should be on my brush? Its really what youre comfortable with. Try using less, rather than more to get started. Except for basecoating when you just want full coverage. After just a few kits, youll know what works best for you. I get ridges of paint built up on the edge of the pattern. How can I avoid this? Stroke your brush just inside of the edge, say about 1/8. Then smooth out the paint ridge to the edge of the pattern. Do I need to seal the finished painting? You can, but most sealers will add a sheen, which messes up photographs even Krylon Matte spray. I leave my originals as is and seal any reproduction work.</p> <p>Mural Maker &amp; More</p> <p></p> <p>MuralMaker &amp; more</p> <p>Paint It Yourself (PIY) Kits</p> <p>Mural Maker &amp; More</p> <p></p>