DecoArt Americana

  • Tangerine 12
  • Raw Sienna 93
  • French Vanilla 184
  • Olive Green 56
  • Rookwood Red 97
  • Camel 191
  • Burnt Umber 64
  • Soft Black 155
  • Tangelo Orange 196
  • Evergreen 82
  • Antique Rose 156
  • Warm White 239


  • Emperor’s Gold 148
  • Champagne Gold 202
  • Copper 205

Princeton Select Series 3750

  • 2 round
  • 12 flat shader
  • ½” angular shader
  • 2, 6, 10 filbert
  • ¾” Oval mop
  • 10/0 short liner
  • 4, 6 scumbler
  • 3/16”, ¼”, 1/8” stippler
  • 1/8” lunar blender

  • 13”x9” Butterfly plaque A129 ( 8×8 painting area
  • Deco Art Snow Tex
  • Deco Art Decorating Paste
  • Deco Art Texture Crackle
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: Starfish, Jack O’Lantern, Patina, Olive Vine (optional)
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Screens Starter Kit Fanciful Stencils ( or available on my website
  • Palette knife
  • palette, tracing and graphite paper
  • stylus

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Mix Warm White with Texture Crackle (3:1) and use the 12 shader to paint the edges of the cut out butterflies and edge of the center square.  Now, use the palette knife to apply a thin coat of Texture Crackle (no Warm White added) to the top of the butterflies and the center 8×8 square.  Let dry.  Apply the pattern. 


Glimmer Mist Sprays:  These are so much fun to use and create a beautiful shimmering background!  Gently swirl the spray to mix in the glitter that sits at the bottom of the bottle.   Place the screen/stencil where you want it, hold the bottle above the screen, spray, and then, gently remove the screen.  Make sure to test the sprays on a scrap piece of white paper first so you know what to expect.  Don’t worry about drips or spatters.  

Lay the butterfly screen/stencil in the top left hand corner.  Use the beautiful scroll screens and lay those around the other corners.  Spray the butterfly with the Starfish and then the Jack O’Lantern glimmer mists.  Use the Patina Glimmer Mist and spray the rest to add the blue.  Add a little Olive Vine (green) near the stem of the flower if you like.  Gently remove the screens.

Spray some of the Starfish and Jack O’Lantern on the cut out butterflies along the edges of the frame.

Base the edge of the frame with Copper.

Adding Texture

Flower:  Mix Decorating Paste+Tangelo Orange with a palette knife. (About 1:2)  Make sure to mix it well until it is nice and creamy like pudding.  Use the filbert brush and apply to the flower petals.  Use a lot of paste and lightly pull from the tip of the petal inwards with long strokes so there are less brush marks.  Use the small 2 filbert and also apply some to the wings of the butterflies.   Use the 2 round and add a little to the bear’s tongue, ladybug, as well as the stem of the flower.    

Bear:  Add texture to the bear by stippling on Snow Tex first.  Add more Snow Tex in the highlight areas and less in the shadow areas indicated by dots on the pattern.  Try to pat the snow tex so it is fairly smooth to make it easier to paint the facial features on.  Let dry.  Also add a touch of Snow Tex to the butterflies’ bodies to make them stand out using the round brush.


Base the flower petal with Tangelo Orange.  While this is still wet, use the 6 filbert and stroke in a highlight with Tangerine blending the colors slightly.  Add some Copper in the shadow areas still using the filbert or you can also float.  Whatever you feel most comfortable with.  ☺

The stem is based with Evergreen.  Highlight the right side with Olive Green.    


Stipple the bear wet on wet using Raw Sienna as the base color, Camel and French Vanilla as the highlights and Burnt Umber as the shading color. (See Tips below for more detailed instructions)  Float to blush the cheeks with Antique Rose.  The eyes are Soft Black.  The mouth is based with Rookwood.  Shade along the top of the mouth when dry with Soft Black.  The tongue is Rookwood+Camel.  Add a small dash of Camel for sparkle at the top of the tongue.  Outline around the mouth and add the smile with Soft Black using the liner.  The nose is based with Burnt Umber.  Dash highlights along the top of the nose with Raw Sienna and then Camel.  The footpads are a wash of Burnt Umber.  Dash a little Camel at the top of each pad for highlight.  Add some stitches on the foot pads with Soft Black.  To add some shimmer, stipple on a small amount of Champagne Gold in the highlight areas of the bear and a little Copper in the shadow areas.  Less is more in this case.   


Use the 2 filbert and dash a little Tangerine highlight on the tips of the wings pulling inwards.  Use Copper and add some shadow near the body pulling the color outwards.  Base the dark edges of the wings, the body and add the fine lines on the wings and antennas with Soft Black.   The little dots on the edges of the wings are Champagne Gold.  Finally, paint the swirls coming from the top and bottom wings and highlight the body with dashes of Copper. 


Base the body with Rookwood.  Shade along the bottom with Soft Black.  Paint the head, spots, legs and antenna with Soft Black.  Use French Vanilla to paint the face.

Finishing Touches

Use the small lunar blender and dry brush some wispy swirls in the background using Champagne Gold and then some Copper.  Wet the brush, then, tap off all excess water.  Pick up some paint and blend back and forth on your palette to get rid of the excess paint and evenly distribute it on your brush.  Lightly sweep over the surface to create the little swirl.  I even added little swirls of Champagne Gold on each flower petal.  Butterfly Cut Outs:  Use the scumbler brushes to dry brush a little more color on them using Champagne Gold, Emperor’s Gold and Copper to your liking.  I also repositioned the butterfly screen and dry brushed a little more color on it with Tangelo Orange and Copper to enhance it.

 Hope you enjoyed this little pattern!  I sure had fun designing it!

Tips for Wet on Wet Bear Fur Method: Some of my bears and bunnies are painted with a wet on wet technique using at least three colors: a base color, a highlight color and a shading color. The highlight and shading colors are stippled over the base color while it is still wet to ensure they blend nicely. To do this, you must use a lot of paint! Paint only one section of the bear at a time so the base color doesn’t dry before you have a chance to highlight and shade. I usually use 2 stippler brushes; one for the base and highlight color and another for the shading color. This way, you don’t waste time cleaning your brush and your highlight & shading colors don’t mix and become dull.

  1. Basecoat the bear with a stippler brush and a lot of paint. This adds texture to the final outcome. Let dry. Transfer on the main detail lines if not textured with snow tex.
  2. Start by stippling the area that is the farthest back, like the tummy. Apply a heavy coat of the base color to this area.
  3. Wipe the brush lightly on some paper towel. Pick up some of the highlight color on the toe of the brush. Pounce lightly on the palette to blend a little and then begin in the lightest area and pounce away from that. Pick up a little of the second highlight color and pounce a little of this color in the highlight area as well. This should cover less area than the first highlight color.
  4. Now, pick up some of the base color with the other stippler brush. Not too much paint. Then, pick up some of the shading color on the toe of the brush. Pounce this in the shaded areas while the base and highlight colors are still wet. Proceed to another section until the bear is done. Let dry and transfer the pattern on for the face & footpads. Tip: If you get a harsh line where the shading and highlight colors meet, wipe the stippler clean and lightly pounce over the line where they meet. This should blend away if it still wet.

Not for resale. No mass producing such as for the gift industry. May be painted for fun or profit.