Laurel Burch™ Indigo Cats Painted Box 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 varnish 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 varnish on the surface, it will clean up easily.
  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 or have a die set available. In order to layer your design, stamp the image on a piece of white cardstock and cut it out using the die or scissors. Use the mask to layer images, block out unwanted elements around your design and to help with pattern placement.
Project Instructions
                  Prepping the surface-
  1. Basecoat box with two smooth even coats of Light Buttermilk. Let dry and sand to a smooth finish.
  2. Apply 1-2 coats of Matte Varnish, as noted above.
Stamping the pattern/design-
  1. Using the ruler mark off a 4.5” square in the center of the box lid. Mask off with low tack tape.
  2. Position small cat stamp on handle. Stamp at bottom right corner using Carbon Black, refer to photo.
  3. Position medium cat on handle. Stamp at bottom left corner using Carbon Black, refer to photo.
  4. Position large cat on handle. Position small and medium cat masks over stamped images and secure in place on the outside edges with low tack tape. Stamp large cat using Carbon Black in center of square, and slightly higher than the first two images, refer to photo.
  5. Randomly stamp the Butterfly images around the sides of the box using Carbon Black, refer to photo.
Painting Your Project
  1. Paint colors are blended wet into wet using either a filbert or round brush, as appropriate for the area you are working.
    1. Small Cat- Body and top of head use Phthalo Green-Yellow, Yellow Green Light and Green Gold. Face is Diarylide Yellow and Vermillion.
    2. Medium cat- Body and top of head use Cobalt Teal Hue, Primary Cyan and Cobalt Blue Hue. Face is Phthalo green-Yellow and Green Gold.
    3. Large Cat- Body is Vermillion, Quinacridone Red and Primary Magenta. Face is Diarylide Yellow and Vermillion. Top of head is Quinacridone Red + Titanium White (1:1) and Titanium White.
  2. Paint around the eyes using colors from the palette in a rainbow effect. Pupils are a blend of blue and purple tones.
  3. Use the stencil from the stamp set to add patterns to each cat. Use the darkest paint color used on the cat body or Metallic for best results.
  4. Apply a coat of Matte Varnish over the cats. Let dry.
  5. Paint the background behind cats with Dioxazine Purple. Using the stencil from the stamp set, apply Metallic with a makeup sponge to add the gold squares. Remove tape.
  6. Butterflies- Use a round brush to paint in each section using colors from the palette. Keep warm colors- yellow, orange, reds separate from cool colors- blues, purples, greens.
  7. Apply a coat of Matte Varnish over the butterflies. Let dry.
  8. Using the #10 Filbert, paint in the background of the box with a slip slap blend of Cobalt Teal Hue and Primary Cyan. Let dry.
  9. Randomly stamp the icon images from the clear set all around the box top and sides using Carbon Black, Metallic and Primary Cyan.
  10. Using a round brush line and Metallic create frame around cat images on top of box. Let dry.
  11. Finish with 2-3 coats of varnish. Let dry and enjoy!
Print Project

Also uses these supplies:

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
DMFA49 Metallic
DMFA25 Phthalo Green-Yellow
DMFA46 Yellow Green Light
DMFA14 Green Gold
DMFA10 Cobalt Teal Hue
DMFA27 Primary Cyan
DMFA08 Cobalt Blue Hue
DMFA12 Dioxazine Purple
DMFA29 Primary Magenta
DMFA33 Quinacridone Red
DMFA45 Vermillion
DMFA11 Diarylide Yellow
DMFA05 Carbon Black
DMFA39 Titanium White
DA164 DecoArt Americana Light Buttermilk
DS60 Duraclear Matte Varnish
Royal Aqualon Brushes
#2250 Round- #0, #3, #4
#2170 Filbert- #8, #10
#2160 Angle- 3/8”
Miscellaneous Supplies
Square wood box- approx. 6.5” x 6.5
Palette paper
Paper towels
White cardstock
Die Cutting machine
Make-up sponges- dense foam
Low tack tape
Water basin
Sandpaper- fine grit
Ruler and pencil

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