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Crafting Bluebird Canister

Crafting Bluebird Canister

SECOND PAINTING
Corner load a small shader brush with Dark Blue and shade the blue area of the top bird. Place this shading on the head just above the beak, at the back of the neck, and along each wiped-out feather. Shade the breast with short choppy strokes of Yellow Red, placing the strokes under the wing and along the edge of the body. Darken the throat with the same color.
Shade the other bird in the same way.
Deepen the color on the flower petals and centers if necessary.
Model and shade the leaves with Autumn Green, being sure to keep the foremost ones light in color for added dimension.
Shade along the edges of the branch with Rich Brown.
Fire the china to cone 017 (1377°F-747°C), then sand and wipe it as before.
THIRD PAINTING
Using a detail brush, paint a tiny triangle shape of Black in front and in back of the top bird’s eye. Also outline some of the feathers with sketchy lines of Black.
Detail the other bird in the same way, adding its feet with short, curved strokes of Rich Brown.
Use the detail brush and either American Beauty or Ruby to lightly sketch an outline of the flower petals and to add some lines radiating from flower centers. Add some tiny dots of Dark Yellow Brown around each flower center. Place a tiny triangle of Black Green between the flower petals where they join the centers as “spaces” through which the sepals’ color can be seen.
Outline some of the main leaves with sketchy lines of Black Green and use the same color to add some center and side veins.
Fire the china.
What You’ll Need;
■ Suitable china.
■ Graphite paper.
■ Fine tip permanent marker.
■ Various china painting brushes.
■ China painting medium.
■ China painis-Baby Blue, Dark Blue, Mixing Yellow, Yellow Brown, Dark Yellow Brown, Gray Black, Pale Pink, American Beauty or Ruby, Yellow Green, Olive Green, Autumn Green, Black Green, Sienna Brown and Rich Brown.

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Fabric crafts

Fabric crafts

FIRST PAINTING
Use a small shader brush to apply a coat of Baby Blue to the top bird’s head, back, wing, and tail. Clean the brush and use the edge of it to wipe out a highlight below the eye, on the shoulder, and on the edges of the wing and tail feathers. Paint the breast Yellow Red, leaving a large soft highlight in the center. Apply a little Gray to the rump. Load a detail brush with Black and paint the eye and the beak. Use a toothpick to wipe a highlight from the eye.
Paint the other bird in the same way.
Block in the flower petals and buds with Pale Pink. Apply Mixing Yellow to the flower centers, then shade the side of each center with a short, curved stroke of Yellow Brown.
Wash in the leaves with Yellow Green and Olive Green, using the darker Olive Green color to indicate separations between leaves. Wipe out some center and side veins in some leaves with a clean brush.
Paint the stem Sienna Brown, then wipe a highlight down the entire length of each section.
Fire the china to cone 017 (1377°F-747°C), then lightly sand it and wipe it with a cloth and alcohol.

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Bluebird CANISTER

Bluebird CANISTER

Not exactly true to nature, these little birds are what 1 call “fun” birds, since they are done without the help of any reference material. Use this design on a porcelain canister that is handy for instant coffee or tea bags and is attractive enough to leave out on a counter, or on china of your choosing.
If using a canister as pictured, remove the metal fastener and the plastic seal and set them aside until the painting and firing are complete.
Make a copy of the pattern given here and enlarge it on a copy machine to fit the china you have selected. Trace the design onto the piece with graphite paper, then go over the lines with a fine tip permanent marker. Wipe off any remaining graphite.

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