Plaid FolkArt My Bug Desk Pencil Holder

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by Chris Myer Williams, Plaid

Plaid FolkArt My Bug Desk Pencil Holder

A cute way to get organized. Perfect for back-to-school!

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1-1/2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Project time does not include drying time for neither the paint nor the Mod Podge.
  • 2
    Wipe terra cotta pot and saucer with a paper towel.
  • 3
    Basecoat paint the flower pot base True Blue. Basecoat paint the flower pot rim and saucer Wicker White. Allow to dry and reapply a second coat if necessary.
  • 4
    Trace a jar or drinking glass to create three large bug heads spaced around the flower pot. Paint the heads Fresh Foliage. Allow to dry and reapply color.
  • 5
    Shade the outer edge of the bug’s head. Double load the No. 12 flat brush with Fresh Foliage and Kelly Green. Paint to shade the bug’s head keeping the Kelly Green to the outside edge. Allow to dry.
  • 6
    Paint the two large circles Wicker White, creating eyes. Allow to dry and reapply.
  • 7
    Using the handle end of the No. 12 flat brush, paint two large dots of Licorice in the center of the bug's white eyes.
  • 8
    Paint two large circles of Parisian Pink creating cheeks for the bugs. Highlight cheeks with Wicker White.
  • 9
    Using the No. 2 script liner brush loaded with thinned Licorice, paint the wiggle smile. Add a Parisian Pink tongue and outline with thinned Licorice.
  • 10
    Still using the same No. 2 Script Liner brush and water-thinned Licorice, “wigglely” outline the bug’s heads, eyes, and paint a nose.
  • 11
    Enhance the base of the flower pot with a pattern of Fresh Foliage polka dots. Paint these dots using the handle end of the 3/4 inch flat brush.
  • 12
    Add True Blue polka dots to the rim of the saucer. Use the No. 2 script liner brush loaded with thinned Licorice to paint “Boys (or Girls, if appropriate) love creepy crawly things” around the rim of the flower pot or other sentiment of your choice.
  • 13
    Seal with Mod Podge when done.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1-1/2 hours

Project Supplies

  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Parisian Pink 104107483
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paint 2 oz. True Blue 104107498 (2)
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Kelly Green 104107504
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Wicker White 104107634 (2)
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Licorice 104107658
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Fresh Foliage 104107668
  • Plaid Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer Glue and Finish 8 oz. Gloss 104107933
  • Main Line Pottery Standard Clay Pot 4 inch 104186523
  • Main Line Pottery Standard Saucer 4 inch 104186511
  • Princeton Artist Brush Co. Brush Select Synthetic Script Liner 2 104464199
  • Princeton Artist Brush Co. Brush Synthetic Bristle Flat 12 104464395
  • Jar or Drinking Glass (see step 4)
  • Pencil
  • Water Container
  • Paper Towels
  • Foam Plate or Palette