Friday, 8 December 2017

Dreaming of a Wight Christmas...

Hi Everyone

Efco Pappart can be decorated in a variety of ways, whether it be with paints, decoupage papers and mediums or pastes.

It's been simply ages since I got my Jo Sonja paints and brushes out so I couldn't resist having a play with this little fellow to see if I could remember what I learnt about dry brushing all those years ago...


Materials used:

Efco Pappart Figurine Christmas Wight

Jo Sonja Acrylics: 
Galaxy Blue Background Colour
Carbon Black
Nimbus Grey
Warm White
Skin Tone Base
Pine Green
Yellow Green
Napthol Crimson
Napthol Red Light
Jo Sonja All Purpose Sealer

Jo Sonja Brushes:
½ Sure Touch 1315 Possibilities Brush
¼ Sure Touch 1315 Possibilities Brush
2 Sure Touch 2010 Oval Dry Brush

Flat brush for basecoating
Mixing Palette (I use old individual coffee filter lids)
Palette Paper sheet (or you could use deli paper)


1. Mix All Purpose Sealer with Galaxy Blue Background Colour 1:1.


2. Paint the Pappart Christmas Wight figurine with the mix, making sure no Pappart brown shows through. Leave to dry.


3. Mix a touch of the Galaxy Blue Background Colour in with some Carbon Black on the palette paper.


4. Use the ¼ brush to dry brush the boots. 


5. Mix a little more of the Background Colour in and dry brush the boots again, this time painting a smaller area and not covering the whole boot. Focus on the areas you want to highlight such as the tops of the boots and the heels.


6. Mix a touch of the Background Colour in with some Napthol Crimson.


7. Use the ½ brush to dry brush the body of the Wight with the mix, making sure to get into all the nooks and crannies.


8. Add some Napthol Red Light to the mix and use the ¼ brush to dry brush over the red, focusing on the areas you want to highlight to give more depth.


9. Mix some Nimbus Grey with a touch of Carbon Black and Background Colour. Use this to dry brush the Wight's beard with the ¼ brush. Then add some Warm White to the mix and dry brush the highlights of the beard.


10. Mix a touch of Background Colour and a touch of Naphol Red Light in with some Skin Tone Base and use the oval dry brush to colour the nose. Add a touch more Skin Tone Base and add a little highlight on the end of the nose across the top.


11. Mix a touch of Background Colour in with some Pine Green. Dry brush the Christmas tree with the ¼ brush. Use the oval dry brush if needed to get into all the nooks and crannies. Add some Yellow Green to the mix and dry brush highlights on the top and edges of the tree tiers with the oval dry brush.


12. Add a touch more Warm White to the beard highlight mix and use the ¼ brush to stipple a furry edge around the bottom of the trousers and sleeve cuffs.


13. Add a touch of Background Colour to some Napthol Crimson and use it to dry brush the hat. Add some Napthol Red Light to the mix and dry brush highlights where you think the light would catch the hat i.e. on the tip of the hat, across the top of the bumps and around the bottom edge.


14. Use more of the mix from Step 12 to stipple a furry edge to the hat.


15. Use the same mix to add a hint of a shine to the tips of the boots with the oval dry brush. Leave to dry.

If you want you can apply a couple of coats of Matt Varnish to protect your Wight or leave him 'au naturel'!


For a downloadable version of this project go to Projects4Crafters.com


Happy Christmas to one and all!





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