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DIY Painted Frame with Monkey

By: Chris Myer Williams
Chris Myer Williams
Chris Myer Williams
I have always found comfort and happiness when I was busy designing and creating. I have many interests and talents and often I am torn when deciding which art medium to work creatively in. Decorative painting is my first love; however, I also enjoy stenciling, jewelry making, sewing, crochet, needlework of all kinds, cooking, card making, faux finishes, decorating and gardening. Working in the craft and hobby industry for many years, I have enjoyed the pleasures of traveling, teaching, and sharing with others basic crafting how-tos! Currently, I am employed as the Marketing Education Director at Plaid. My career journey to this day, is still allowing me the gift of sharing with others the joys of crafting and finding their creative spirits! I hope that our creative paths may cross one day. Until then... happy creating!
Create a fun “M is for MONKEY” painted frame to showcase your special little monkey!
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Supplies

Apple Barrel ® Colors - White, 2 oz.
Item #20503
Versatile, high quality acrylic paint for crafts. Excellent coverage. Fast-drying. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are AP certified non-toxic and waterbased.

$0.99

Apple Barrel ® Colors - Sandstone, 2 oz.
Item #20575
Versatile, high quality acrylic paint for crafts. Excellent coverage. Fast-drying. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are AP certified non-toxic and waterbased.

$0.99

Apple Barrel ® Colors - Toffee, 2 oz.
Item #20576
Versatile, high quality acrylic paint for crafts. Excellent coverage. Fast-drying. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are AP certified non-toxic and waterbased.

$0.99

Apple Barrel ® Colors - Chocolate Bar, 2 oz.
Item #20578
Versatile, high quality acrylic paint for crafts. Excellent coverage. Fast-drying. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are AP certified non-toxic and waterbased.

$0.99

Apple Barrel ® Colors - Cloudless, 2 oz.
Item #20741
Versatile, high quality acrylic paint for crafts. Excellent coverage. Fast-drying. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are AP certified non-toxic and waterbased.

$0.99

Apple Barrel ® Colors - Flag Red, 2 oz.
Item #21469
Versatile, high quality acrylic paint for crafts. Excellent coverage. Fast-drying. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are AP certified non-toxic and waterbased.

$0.99

Apple Barrel ® Colors - Lime Tree, 2 oz.
Item #21476
Versatile, high quality acrylic paint for crafts. Excellent coverage. Fast-drying. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are AP certified non-toxic and waterbased.

$0.99

Apple Barrel ® Colors - New Shamrock, 2 oz.
Item #21479
Versatile, high quality acrylic paint for crafts. Excellent coverage. Fast-drying. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are AP certified non-toxic and waterbased.

$0.99

Apple Barrel ® Colors - Pink Eraser, 2 oz.
Item #21889
Versatile, high quality acrylic paint for crafts. Excellent coverage. Fast-drying. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are AP certified non-toxic and waterbased.

$0.99

Plaid ® Stencils - Value Packs - Letter Stencils - 3" Animals Icons
Item #30632
Bring a touch of the wild to your projects! Ideal for all paper crafts, scrapbooking, general crafts and everyday needs. Great for all ages, any project! Teachers love them for bulletin boards, signs, posters, special projects. Kid-perfect, too: school reports, personalizing, labels, plaques. Use with paint, markers, chalk, ink. Durable, reusable and a super selection of sizes.

$5.29

Folkart ® Paint Tools - Stencil Tape
Item #34002
Holds stencil securely in place; will not damage background paint or stencil's delicate features.

$2.59

Folkart ® Paint Tools - Spouncer ® Variety Set, 3 pc.
Item #4154
A favorite sponge applicator, the Spouncer ® is perfect for Adhesive Stencils and creating perfect circles and dots to decorate projects. Set includes one each of three sizes: 3/4", 1-1/4", and 1-3/4".

$4.69

FolkArt ® Finishes - Clearcote™ Aerosol Acrylic Sealer - Matte, 6 oz.
Item #788
Soft matte finish. This product may not be purchased by those under 18 years of age.

$6.59

Other Supplies
10.5” x 12.5” Wood frame with an offset 3.5” x 5.5” opening
Brush Basin or container for water
Paper towels
Foam plates for palette
¾” Flat brush
No. 1 Liner brush
Pencil

Instructions

  1. Load the 3/4" flat brush with both White and Carolina Blue by dipping one corner in White and the other corner in Carolina Blue. Slightly blend the colors in the brush by brushing on the foam plate a couple times. Paint the entire surface of the fame with a “slip slap” technique. TIP: To paint a “slip slap” background, stroke the loaded brush over the surface creating a short choppy brush stroke. Flip the brush over and slightly overlap the first stroke. Continue applying short, choppy brush strokes slightly overlapping but not totally blending; you want to see both White and Carolina Blue strokes of color. Allow to dry.
  2. Using a pencil, lightly sketch rolling ground, tree trunk, curvaceous tree top and a rectangle measuring 2 3/4“x 3 1/4” directly over prepared background.
  3. Paint the tree trunk Toffee, the rectangle Sandstone, the ground and tree top Shamrock. Allow all areas to dry and if necessary reapply for opaque coverage.
  4. Load 3/4” flat brush with Chocolate Bar. Using chisel edge of brush, paint tree trunk lines up and down the trunk area.
  5. Load same brush with Lime Tree and paint curves into the tree top. Add Lime Tree to top of rolling, grassy ground.
  6. Slightly shade Sandstone rectangle box with Toffee as shown in the photo.
  7. Position monkey stencil where desired and hold in place using stencil tape. Stencil monkey body Toffee and shade with Chocolate Bar. Stencil monkey face Sandstone and slightly shade with Toffee. Add Pink Eraser cheeks. Allow to dry.
  8. Load a No. 1 liner brush with thinned Chocolate Bar. Paint two dot eyes, an oval nose and smile line, refer to photo for placement.
  9. Paint “M is for MONKEY” in Chocolate Bar using No. 1 liner brush. Add a dot – dash – dot painted border around the rectangle.
  10. Accent the tree top with Red Flag apples using a small Spouncer or the handle end of your paint brush. Accent apples with a touch of White and Chocolate Bar stems. Paint Lime Tree leaves throughout the Shamrock tree top.
  11. Paint clumps of grass using a No. 1 liner brush loaded with Shamrock, accent with Lime Tree grass.
  12. Paint Red Flag along the edges of the frame both inside the photo area as well as along the outside edge.
  13. When completely dry, lightly spray seal FolkArt Clearcote Matte Sealer to seal and protect your project surface.

Project Tip: Don’t forget to sign and date your frame prior to adding a photo of special “little monkey!”

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Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

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