By Prudy Vannier
attracts thousands of swimmers, snorkelers and scuba divers each year
because of its crystal clear waters and wonderful reefs. To bring
a little of Tahiti’s waters into your room, make a tropical
Painting Lesson: size graduating brush tip dots,
brush strokes, washes
of large and small circle Paper Mache` Tags by Walnut Hollow
long dowels with 3 holes drilled through (center and ends)
- Fine Point
- Fish line
Americana® Acrylic Paint: Cadmium Orange DA014, Citron Green
DA235, Indian Turquoise DA087, Bright Yellow DA227, Titanium White
DA001, Lamp Black DA067, True Blue DA036, True Red DA129, Hauser
Light Green DA131, Peony Pink DA215, Dioxazine Purple DA101, Desert
- Craft Twinkles
Galaxy Blue DCT18
- Hot Shots
Scorching Yellow DHS1, Torrid Orange DHS2, Sizzling Pink DHS3,
Fiery Red DHS4, Thermal Green DHS6
Brushes: 1” flat, ½” flat, ¼”
angular, #3 round
supplies: Royal® water basin, paper towel, Royal® palette
paper, Royal® graphite paper tracing paper, pencil, Royal®
1. Paint all circles with Indian Turquoise.
2. Draw fish lightly with pencil onto the circles, front and
back. Be creative – draw the body first, then add fins
and faces. Decorate them with circles, swirls, plaid or stripes.
Add circles for bubbles coming from each fish – big
ones on big fish and small ones on minnows. If you prefer
to use the drawings as patterns, trace them onto tracing paper.
Position the design on the disk, then slide graphite paper
under it. Hold firmly in place, then go over the lines with
a stylus to transfer the design onto the disk.
3. Paint the fish with the bright colors. Experiment with
the brushes holding the brush hairs flat for one stroke and
at an angle for another. This will make interesting fins.
4. When they are dry, you can make them even brighter by going
over them with the comparable Hot Shot colors – Fiery
Red over your red paint, Torrid Orange over the oranges in
your paintings. They will glow!
5. Experiment again to paint interesting green or blue sea
weed around the fish using different brushes.
6. Outline everything with the marker.
7. Load the ½” flat with the blue Craft Twinkle
to paint waves of glitter around the fish. Let this dry, and
then varnish all the disks with satin or gloss varnish.
8. Construct your mobile, tying the circles to the dowels
with fish line.
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