An attractive wildlife wood box to store treasures is a great gift for the man in your life.
Wooden Box (8"x 8")
Acrylic Paints by DecoArt®
Americana® Fawn (DA242)
Americana® Expresso (DA271)
Americana® Burnt Umber (DA064)
Americana® Indian Turquoise (DA087)
Americana® Lamp (Ebony) Black (DA067)
Power-Tac™ Contact Adhesive by Beacon®
Matte or satin acrylic spray sealer
Two 1"craft brushes (one stiff brush is recommended if using a textured wood box)
Small container with water
Instructions for the Elk:
- Clean Elk with hot soapy water to remove protective oils. Dry with paper towel.
- Apply a primer coat of acrylic spray sealer to front and back of Elk. Allow to dry.
- Paint a basecoat of Fawn acrylic paint to the front of the Elk. Allow to dry.
- Use the dry brush technique by dabbing off the excess Espresso acrylic paint from the brush onto a paper towel. You want the brush to be dampened by the Espresso acrylic paint. Apply the Espresso acrylic paint to the Elk fur on the raised areas using a light touch.
- Using the dry brush technique, apply the Burnt Umber acrylic paint to the antlers, head, and upper chest of the Elk.
- Using the dry brush technique, apply the Fawn acrylic paint to the tips of the antlers, the rump area, and the lower belly of the Elk.
- Paint the eye and the nose using a toothpick by picking up a small dab of Americana® Lamp (Ebony) Black acrylic paint.
- Apply Americana® Burn Umber acrylic paint to the Elk hooves using a craft brush.
- Seal with the acrylic spray sealer. Allow to dry.
A Closer Look:
Instructions for the box:
- Prepare the wooden box by painting a basecoat of Burnt Umber acrylic paint to the outside of the box. Allow to dry. If you choose, you may paint the inside of your box. I liked the wood aroma of my box so I did not paint the inside.
- Create a wash effect with a water saturated brush and picking up a little bit of Indian Turquoise acrylic paint with the tip of the brush. Working in small sections of the box and going with the wood grain, apply the wash to the entire box using a sweeping motion creating streaks. Promptly use a paper towel to help control the streaks. Continue to use the Indian Turquoise wash to get the desired effect.
- Sporadically apply the wash effect on the box using the Burnt Umber acrylic paint on some areas of the Indian Turquoise wash. Allow to dry.
- Apply a light coat of acrylic spray sealer to the painted box. Allow to dry.
- Adhere the Elk onto the box by applying a bead of Power-Tac™ Adhesive to the Elk where it makes contact to the box (hooves, antlers, lower belly, and tail). Gently place heavy objects on the glued areas of the Elk to hold in place while the Power-Tac™ Adhesive dries.