By Prudy Vannier
interesting fact about Madagascar is that the people there only use
spoons for eating utensils. Painting a spoon for a Madagascar project
seemed the perfect thing to do. On my wooden spoon I have an outrigger
canoe painted because they are common in this country. I recently
saw a picture of a beautiful Madagascar girl with a checked scarf,
so I painted the checks around the handle of my spoon. On the back,
is the flag of Madagascar.
lesson: Use a variety of brushes for different effects, complimenting
the painting with pen work
- Wooden spoon
- Fine point
black permanent marker
Americana® Acrylic Paints: Light Buttermilk DA164 , Indian
Turquoise DA087, Titanium White DA001, True Blue DA036, Baby Blue
DA042, Sand DA004, Milk Chocolate DA174, True Red DA129, Burnt
Umber DA64, Lamp Black DA067, Kelly Green DA055, Golden Straw
Brushes: #6 flat, ½” flat, liner, small scruffy brush
- Royal® water basin
- paper towel
- Royal® graphite paper
- tracing paper
- Roya®l palette paper
1. Use the ½” flat to basecoat
the entire spoon with Light Buttermilk. Dry.
2. Put all colors of paint on your palette. Divide the front
of the spoon into 3 sections. The top section is the sky,
the middle one is water, and the bottom is beach. Use the
#6 flat to paint across the bottom of the sky with True Blue.
Stroke upward, but load the dirty brush into some Titanium
White – continue working up so that the paint blends
and the sky turns lighter at the top.
3. Do the same thing with the water. Start at the top of the
water with Indian Turquoise. Work the paint down, loading
with some Titanium White so that the water turns a little
lighter at the bottom.
4. The beach is Sand. As the scene dries, work on the handle.
5. Pencil 3 long lines down the handle. Use these as guides
for your checks. Use True Blue with the #6 flat to paint squares
in a check pattern down the handle.
6. Draw or transfer the canoe pattern onto the dried background.
Paint the canoe True Red, the inside Ebony Black, the sail
with Golden Straw. The mast is Milk Chocolate.
7. Use your liner to paint a little strip of beach in the
background with Sand, then the strip of grass and palm tree
with Holly Green. Put a tiny bit of Milk Chocolate on your
brush to “dirty up” the sail. The add Titanium
White streaks as sunny reflections.
8. With a scruffy brush, little pat Titanium White to make
waves and surf.
9. Outline everything with the pen, including the checks.
10. On the back, paint the Madagascar flag, if you like. Use
Titanium White, Holly Green, and True Red. The flag pole is
11. Finish by varnishing with satin varnish.
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