The giraffe is the tallest living animal on earth. It generally roams the range in sex-segregated herds. The male giraffe uses its neck as a weapon in battle. The female giraffe protects only its own calf in a nursery herd.
- Giraffe by U-Paint®Metal Crafts
- One Standard Single Size Unfinished Wood Switch Plate Cover
- Americana® Acrylic Paints by DecoArt®
- Snow (Titanium) White (DA01)
- Terra Cotta (DA062)
- Lamp (Ebony) Black (DA067)
- Espresso (DA271)
- Terra Coral (DA286)
- Power-Tac™ Contact Adhesive by Beacon®
- Americana® Multi-Purpose™ Sealer by DecoArt®
- Three Craft Brushes (1”, ¼”, and a detailed brush)
- Paper towels
- Clean Giraffe with hot soapy water to remove protective oils. Dry with paper towel.
- Apply a primer coat of Americana® Multi-Purpose™ Sealer to front and back of Giraffe. Allow to dry.
- Paint a basecoat of Americana® Snow White acrylic paint to the front of the Giraffe. Allow to dry.
- Search for giraffe images as a guide for coloring. You will find many color variations. Paint the Giraffe the color variation that suits you.
- Using the flat side of the ¼” craft brush, paint the Giraffe spots with Americana® Terra Cotta acrylic paint. Be careful to not overload the brush with paint and use a light touch. This will help avoid paint coverage in the white outline areas.
- Refer to your giraffe image. Using a dry brush technique with the ¼” craft brush, apply Americana® Terra Cotta acrylic paint to the Giraffe muzzle and head area.
- Apply Americana® Espresso acrylic paint to the hooves and the knobs on the head of the Giraffe.
- Wet the detailed brush with water and pick up Americana® Espresso acrylic paint with the detailed craft brush. Blot off the excess wetness onto a paper towel and apply to the inside of the nostril and the inside of the lip to give the Giraffe a light detail in those areas.
- Apply Americana® Lamp Black acrylic paint to the end of the tail, eye, inside the ears, and the eyelashes.
- Apply Americana® Multi-Purpose™ Sealer to front of Giraffe. Allow to dry.
- Apply a basecoat of Americana® Terra Coral acrylic paint to the wood switch plate cover. Allow to dry.
- Apply Americana® Multi-Purpose™ Sealer to the painted switch plate cover. Allow to dry.
- Attach the Giraffe to the front of the switch plate cover with Power-Tac™ Contact Adhesive.
The switch plate cover may enhance any room décor. Consider changing the color of the switch plate cover to Americana® Victorian Blue (DA039) acrylic paint for a boy’s room or Americana® Burnt Umber (DA064) acrylic paint for a safari adventure.