Romantic Painted Roses Dress Form
A miniature dress form adorned with beautiful roses is a wonderful display for a favorite necklace, brooch or simply as a beautiful addition to your dressing area or bedroom.
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Materials and Tools:
miniature fabric-covered dress form
Folk Art artist's pigments:
Hauser green dark #461
Hauser green light #459
Hauser green medium #460
titanium white #480
true burgundy #456
green umber #471
Folk Art textile medium #794
Loew-Cornell 7300 flat brushes #4, 10
Loew-Cornell 3750 liner brush #1
Masterson's Sta-Wet Palette
Plaid Brush Basin
100% cotton rag or piece of old T-shirt
straight-blade flexible metal palette knife
gray graphite paper
1. Neatly trace and transfer the design to the fabric form by using graphite paper.
2. Carefully apply textile medium to the design area (be careful that the textile medium doesn't bleed). Complete one item at a time.
3. To paint the leaves: Paint the leaves that are underneath the rose first. Apply textile medium to a leaf. Apply green umber at the base of the leaf. Apply Hauser green medium or Hauser green light in the middle of the leaf. Apply titanium white at the top.
4. Wipe your brush and blend where the edges of the colors meet each other. Use a light touch. Add more textile medium and paint if needed. Don't over-blend.
5. To paint the roses: Make a light pink mixture by combining titanium white and true burgundy (4 to 1). Apply textile medium to the rose design. Paint must be thinned with water to a flowing consistency. Use a #10 flat brush in excellent condition. To double load: Stroke against the edge of the light pink many times; then stroke against the edge of the true burgundy. Blend on the wet palette so the two colors graduate through the hairs of the brush from dark to light.
7. Paint the bowl; then paint the side petals as shown in the image. The first 13 strokes are called "the shell."
8. Over-stroke with comma-like strokes.
9. Fill in the center with true burgundy.
10. To add a rosebud (not shown): The bud is formed with brushstrokes. Paint the bud with a double-loaded brush containing light pink and true burgundy.
11. The calyx are painted with a double-loaded brush of green umber and Hauser green medium (or Hauser green light).
Susanne Williams handpaints the canvas for the purse with a swirling leaf pattern and scrolling lines.