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Framed Cardinal & Chickadee with Branches by Cindy Dawson
- 1 – 3" wood cardinal - Stockade #RR4145
- 1 – 4" round wood frame - Stockade #RC400F
- 1 – 2 1/4" wood chickadee - Stockade #RR4141
- 1 – 3 1/2" wood frame - Stockade #RF350F
- 1 - Package of 1/4" red holly berries - Stockade #CF204
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint:
- Black Plum #7172
- Bleached Sand #7257
- Cadmium Orange #7014
- Cadmium Red #7015
- Driftwood #7171
- Espresso #7271
- Fawn #7242
- Forest Green #7050
- Lamp Black #7067
- Mississippi Mud #7094
- Soft Black #7155
- Tangerine #7012
- Toffee #7059
- Tomato Red #7169
- Warm White #7239
- Williamsburg Blue #7040
- Weathered Wood #DS902
- Multi-Purpose Sealer #DS917
- Transfer paper
- Eversand Sanding Pad #ES400
- Varnish of choice
- Mini Majestic 1/8" Mini Comb #RM243
- Mini Majestic #12/0 Mini Angle Shader RM214
- Royal Gold 1/8" Angle #R1618
- Royal Gold 1/4" Angle #R1614
- Royal Gold #10/0 Scrip Liner #R5810
- Sand and seal wood pieces.
- Basecoat frames with Espresso
- Apply Weathered Wood and let dry.
- Paint over entire surface with appropriate colour choice: (for the cardinal use Williamsburg Blue, for the chickadee use Forest Green)
- Once dry, sand lightly for a rustic look.
- Varnish frames and let dry.
- Transfer all pattern lines.
- Basecoat the entire bird with Cadmium Red.
- Paint the feathers with Black Plum using a 1/4" angle brush.
- The cardinal’s mask is painted Lamp Black using a 1/8" comb brush.
- Use a #12/0 angle brush to paint the beak Cadmium Orange.
- Outline the eye with Cadmium Red and add highlight with Warm White.
- Wash over the head and wing with Tomato Red.
- Using the 1/8" comb brush and thinned Tangerine, add highlights to the breast, wing tips, tail and crest.
- Using a script liner, line the beak with Tangerine.
- Shade under the beak line with Tomato Red using a 1/8" Angle brush.
- Basecoat the belly with Toffee, the wing & tail with Mississippi Mud, the cheek with Bleached Sand and the chin & cap with Soft Black.
- Use a 1/8" comb with watery paint and paint feather over each area, starting with the darkest colours and moving to the lightest.
- Using the script liner, define the feathers. Use soft black for the bottom of the wing and the tail feathers, Mississippi Mud for the mid feathers and Driftwood for the rest.
- Using a 1/4" angle brush shade lightly under the wing with Mississippi Mud and along the bottom of the belly with Toffee.
- Use a script liner to outline the eye with Mississippi Mud. Paint the center of the eye Black with a very tiny highlight dot of Warm White.
- Sideload a 1/8" angle brush with Driftwood and float along either side of the beak opening.
Assembly Instructions for both ornaments:
- Varnish with your choice of finish.
- Insert the twig through the frame and attach it with a few Holly Berries. Use careful applications of glue to attach the bird to either the frame or the twig. The thin wire of the holly berries can be painted to match the frame colour.
- Hang from twine, chain, wire or ribbon of your choice.