Hydrangea Tray by Tammie Wilson

Note- for best results please review all product instructions before starting your project.
Tips & Techniques-
  1. Once you have your background in place apply a coat of matte medium to the surface. This will protect the work you have already done plus allow for easy clean-up for the next step.
  2. When using paint on stamps it is important that you do not overload the image. Pour a puddle of paint out on the palette. Using the smallest end of the make-up sponge tap into the paint, pounce the sponge on a clean area of the palette. When you look at the bottom of the sponge it should be covered by paint but you should still be able to see the texture of the sponge. Now quickly pounce the loaded sponge over the entire image and stamp it on the surface. If you don’t like what you have stamped simply wipe it off with a wet wipe! Since you already have a coat of matte medium on the surface, it will clean up easily. If this technique is new to you, you may wish to practice on some scrap paper first.
  3. Clean-up is easiest if done immediately after you use the stamps. Simply clean with soap and water and use an old toothbrush to get into the crevices. If you cannot or forget to clean the stamp right away spray the stamp with rubbing alcohol and let sit a few minutes. Then clean with soap and water as usual.
  4. Most stamp sets come with a stencil/mask of the main image. If this is not the case, or you simply need more masks in order to layer your design, stamp the image on a piece of white cardstock and cut it out. Use the mask to layer images, block out unwanted elements around your design and to help with pattern placement.
  5. Match each drop out piece of the stencil/mask with the appropriate stamp image. Mark each with the item#, or the word top using the permanent marker. Since they are clear, and easy to lose, this will help you to keep track of them as you work. It also helps with placement as you build your design.
  6. Twist and turn the stamp image when building your design. This will help to create interest in your piece and keep stamped images from looking like a row of soldiers.
Project Instructions
Prepping the surface-
  1. Since the plaque is already whitewashed, simply sand to remove any rough edges or patches.
  2. Apply a coat of Matte Medium using the 1” mop brush. Let dry.
Stamping the pattern/design-
  1. Mark each mask piece as noted in step 5 of Tips & Techniques above. Carefully separate the hydrangea and leaf pieces from the acetate.
  2. Place the large hydrangea blossom stamp on the acrylic block.
  3. Referring to step 2 in Tips & Techniques above, apply Blue Harbor to the image and stamp in one corner of the plaque. Refer to photo.
  4. Cover the stamped image with the acetate mask. Stamp the hydrangea again, overlapping a portion on the masked image, using Calypso Blue. Refer to photo.
  5. Repeat on the opposite side of the blue hydrangea.
  6. Add a couple of leaves using Hauser Medium Green, being sure to mask off the hydrangea.
  7. Turn the plaque and begin building the grouping in the opposite corner, by stamping the large inset purple/blue cluster first.
  8. Next add the double leaves closest to the corner, using Hauser Medium Green.
  9. Continue building the design alternating the hydrangea blossoms between the Blue Harbor and the Calypso Blue.
  10. Finally add a few more leaves as desired.
  11. Add the butterfly to one of the blossoms using Lamp Black.
  12. Insure everything is dry and apply a coat of Matte Medium. Let dry.
Painting your project- 
  1. Purple Blossoms-
    1. Using the ½” angle float the tip of each petal with a mix of Titanium White + Dioxazine Purple + Primary Cyan (6:4:1).
    2. Using the ¼” angle highlight the tip of each petal with a light float of Titanium White.
    3. Using the ½” angle float the base of each petal with Primary Cyan.
    4. Use the ¼” angle to reinforce each shade with Cobalt Blue Hue.
  2. Teal Blossoms-
    1. Using the ½” angle float the tip of each petal with Cobalt Turquoise Hue.
    2. Using the ¼” angle highlight the tip of each petal with a light float of Titanium White.
    3. Using the ½” angle float the base of each petal with Cobalt Teal Hue.
    4. Use the ¼” angle to reinforce each shade with Cobalt Blue Hue.
  3. Blossoms-
    1. Using the ¼” angle add very light and random glazes of Quinacridone Magenta to all of the hydrangea blossoms. Less is definitely more, don’t overdo.
    2. Using the ¼” angle reinforce the highlight on the most forward blossoms with Titanium White.
    3. Color flower centers with Primary Yellow. Let dry.
    4. Add a tiny stroke of Yellow Oxide to shade one side, and a tiny stroke of white to the opposite side to highlight.
  4. Leaves-
    1. Using the 1” angle float a highlight of Green Gold across the tip and down one side of each leaf.
    2. Using the 1” angle float a shade at the base and on the opposite side of each leaf using Hauser Medium Green.
    3. Using the ½” angle reinforce the shades using Cobalt Blue Hue.
  5. Butterfly-
    1. Body- wash with Green Gold, shade at bottom with Paynes Grey.
    2. Wing sections are washed with Primary Yellow, Primary Cyan and Cobalt Blue Hue. Shade with Primary Cyan.
  6. Insure everything is dry then apply one coat of Matte Medium. Let dry.
  1. Using the 1” angle shade the back blossoms and leaves with Cobalt Blue Hue, up against edge where front blossoms or leaves overlap.
  2. If needed or desired reinforce shades with Paynes Grey in select areas to separate out elements of the design.
  3. Finish with 1-2 coats of Matte Medium.
  4. Attach handles and enjoy!
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Also uses these supplies:

Jillibean Soup                                                                            www.jillibean-soup.com
JB0994 Mix the Media Whitewashed Plaque 12” x 16”
JB1131 Mix the Media Handles- black
Royal Langnickel                                                                      https://art.royalbrush.com/
RG950- 1” Royal Gold Mop
2160- 1”, ½”, ¼” Aqualon Angle                                      2250- #0, #6 Aqualon Round
DecoArt Americana                                                               https://decoart.com/
Lamp Black                                                                                   DA132 Hauser Medium Green                                         
DA234 Calypso Blue                                                               DA283 Blue Harbor
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
DMFA28 Primary Yellow                                                      DMFA47 Yellow Oxide
DMFA14 Green Gold                                                              DMFA10 Cobalt Teal Hue
DMFA09 Cobalt Turquoise Hue                                       DMFA27 Primary Cyan
DMFA08 Cobalt Blue Hue                                                    DMFA12 Dioxazine Purple
DMFA35 Quinacridone Magenta                                    DMFA20 Paynes Grey
DMFA39 Titanium White                                                    DMM20 Matte Medium
Miscellaneous Supplies
Sandpaper- fine grit                                                                Palette paper
Paper towels                                                                               Water basin
Makeup sponges                                                                       Permanent marker

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