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DIY in a BOX: Red Truck Ornament

Posted by Kristina Lough on

Thank you so much for bringing our Red Truck DIY in a BOX kit into your home!  (Don't have your kit yet?? Click HERE to order.) 

We're super excited about our new Collection, & to be crafting with everybody this fall/holiday season.  Don't forget to join our Private DIY in a BOX Group on Facebook (click HERE to request access) & tag @paintedbytheshore with all your DIY photos on Instagram!

We suggest reading this full post before beginning (including the section about mistakes & tips/tricks at the bottom):

With the red truck design the first thing to do is fill the truck body in with red paint. The sample you see photographed with the greens has two layers of red because I wanted to cover that black outline. The bottom version that I painted while creating this post is one layer so that you can see what it looks like to have that hint of an outline show through, and then decide which effect you prefer for your ornament.

After filling in the red, I added the white for the window. Before starting the window, make sure the red is dry so it doesn't blend to make pink on the outline. After the window is done, set a little bit of white off to the side on a paper plate that you'll use for the center of the wheels later.

Next is the detail work on the truck. How I created this effect is by dipping the brush in a dash of white and then a dash of red. If you're nervous about creating the lines you can grab a piece of chalk (not included) and lightly draw them on before painting. Then when you're completely done, wipe any chalk marks away after the entire ornament dries.

Following that, fill in the wheels with black.  Then silver accents on the bumpers, headlights and handle.

Next is the tree. To create that two-tone effect I dipped the brush once in each green.  Starting on the outside of each branch work your way in from top to bottom to create the branches. If you find your tree looks too light or too dark, just go back with a couple brushstrokes the opposite color to add definition.

The last step is the white on the tires, & substituting silver here looks awesome too. For this step I used the back of the brush to get a perfect circle.

Mistakes: If you make a mistake on the wood, let it dry & go over.  It's easier to give it a few minutes then go over the paint while wet which leads to mixing.  If there is a raised bit of paint on your piece dot it with a towel while it's wet so when you do a coat over it it'll lay flat.

Tips & Tricks: If you notice the edges of your strokes feathering out, take your brush & go the opposite way to get a clean edge. When you need a fine point on your brush, it helps to push down slightly on a paper plate while spinning & then go back to painting.

Final note: We're here for any & all questions!  Email or post in our DIY in a BOX Facebook Group. - Kristina

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