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I LOVE to design and to paint whimsical items that will put a smile on your face. Each day I share my simple life with you as I try to encourage, to inspire and sometimes JUST to make you smile as I recount my life growing up on a dairy farm! I've never had many material items in my life, BUT I have been blessed beyond words with love and encouragement from WONDERFUL Parents who instilled in me WHAT was important. I have had EVERYTHING that I needed and WAY too much of what I wanted. I am slowly learning to be a better person each day through my interactions with my friends on Facebook. Some day I hope to be as good as people seem to THINK I am! I am BLESSED! Welcome to my little corner of the world...Please stop by and visit often!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Sam...Saturday, June 20, 2015

 I thought it was time to share another FREE project using DecoArt Chalky Finish...OK, I cheated and used Americana Raw Umber because I was too lazy to dig into the bottom box to get out the brown...lol  BUT, this shows you how you can easily use Americana Paint with the Chalky Finish Paints...

I wanted this to be a PRIMITIVE piece, since I was making it to sell on my Etsy's Primitive and Folkart Team (FAAP)...We are having an AUCTION today on our Page on Facebook...go join us...The sale ENDS on Sunday, June 21,2015 at 5 pm Central Time.... 
FAAP AUCTION AND SELLING PAGE (click here to go there)

I started by adding a coat of CARBON (Black)...notice that I put tape where the hat brim will go...I also left the back of the hat brim unpainted on the back so I could wood glue them together...Glue will not HOLD pieces that are not glued raw wood on raw wood!

 I taped off the two stripes to leave the stripe that would 
be painted LACE (White)
At this point, I took an old white stick candle and put wax 
where I wanted the paint to peel.
I added the wax heavier on the edges and I avoided the area that would be the face...that is just MY preference...

 I painted the center stripe and the bottom half with LACE (a white).  I used 2 coats to get a better coverage...I KNOW, it is going to be sanded, but I think it looks better to have a good foundation.

 I removed the tape and put it on the INSIDE of the white stripes to paint the 2 red stripes...
on the sides, I painted the red down to where 
the hat brim would go...
I used 2 coats of ROUGE (RED) to paint this.

I wanted a darker blue, so I added some 
CARBON (Black) to LEGACY (Blue)
This is ready to SAND...I use my hand sander...WHOOSH.....

 Perfectly Prim!
 I drew on the features with a pencil so you could see...
I used a wooden plug for the nose.
 I made the fleshtone by mixing
 LACE (white) with Smitten (Peach)...
I showed the scruffy brush that I used to add 
ROUGE (RED) to the cheeks and nose...
use VERY little paint...this is where people can make a BIG mistake...wipe almost all of the paint out of the brush for this step!
I added the mouth with CARBON (Black) and
the lips with Rouge (Red)
 I added the eyes with Carbon (Black) and 
shaded the face/moustache with RAW UMBER.  
I added highlights and the lettering with LACE (white)...
I went around the piece with my Raw Umber to give it more of an antiqued look...you could antique this if you want...
I will add 3 coats of DuraClear Ultra Matte and
 put a hanger on the back...That will be IT!!

You can EASILY paint this project 
with regular Americana Acrylics, 
but I LOVE to use the Chalky Finish Paints!!

See their AMAZING products AND
look at all the FREE patterns they offer to use these products!
Below, is the pattern...to save it to your computer, Right Click on the picture and choose SAVE AS...your computer might say something different, but there should be an option to save!

You are MORE than welcome to make these to sell, but PLEASE do NOT claim the pattern/instructions as your own...give me credit...Do not mass market this pattern/item...feel free to resize as you need and enjoy this quick and easy project...feel free to add YOUR STYLE to this...

I hope you have FUN with this...As you are painting, remember those who have gone before us to keep us free...LIVE your life THANKFULLY...Treat others as YOU WANT to be treated, and it is NOT your problem if they choose not to return the kindness...hang in there because KINDNESS does MATTER!!  I wish GLORIOUS...BLESSINGS to YOU...~charlotte


  1. I see your showing your TRUE COLORS.........RED, WHITE AND BLUE Ms Charlotte! He is wondderful!

  2. Thank you Charlotte! I love this Sam. He also reminds me of an Americana Santa. =) Hopefully, when things finally settle down, i can get back to the studio!


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