Americana Magikote Mushrooms
- DecoArt® Specialty Medium – MagiKote
- DecoArt® Patio Paint – Geranium Red, Cloud White, Wrought Iron Black, Carnation Pink, Burgundy Rose, Bright Lime Green, Marigold, Deep Buttercup and Crystal
- Twigs from Yard, Small
- Paintbrushes – #12 Flat Brush and #2 Round Brush
- Water Container
- Palette (or Paper Plate)
- Paper Towels
- Kitchen Knife
- Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue™
- Sandpaper, Medium to Coarse
Cut Styrofoam® into various sized ovals to resemble mushroom caps, and then, using sandpaper, shape mushroom cap as desired. For thicker caps, sand deeper on underbelly so that it looks concave and more umbrella-like in shape.
Paint one coat of MagiKote and allow to dry. Sand lightly. Repeat this step twice more on both sides of cap.
Gather twigs. Gently push fatter end of twig up into underside of cap, being careful not to go all the way through. Use tacky glue to hold in place. Do not proceed until this glue is 100% dry; it will be clear then, and you will paint right over it.
Using Patio Paint, paint caps as desired. Those shown for this project are painted as described below:
Large red mushroom: Base coat entire mushroom Geranium Red. Allow to dry, then randomly paint patches of Geranium Red on top. Paint underbelly Wrought Iron Black. With Cloud White, randomly place small and larger dots on top using brush handle (swirl to make them larger). Streak some thin lines of Cloud White on underbelly as well, for dimension. When dry, using brush handle again, make another dot on top of Cloud White ones using Wrought Iron Black. Finish by dry brushing Wrought Iron Black up from underside of cap, as shown in photo.
Medium pink mushroom: Base coat top of mushroom Carnation Pink. Paint underbelly Cloud White. Randomly place Burgundy Rose dots on top in various sizes. Dry brush bottom using Wrought Iron Black. When completely dry, paint two coats of Crystal for glittery shine.
Medium Burgundy Rose mushroom: Base coat top of mushroom Burgundy Rose. Paint underbelly Wrought Iron Black, then dry brush it slightly up bottom of cap. Using handle of brush, make dots of varied sizes with Carnation Pink and Cloud White. Dry brush bottom of cap again (over Wrought Iron Black) using Bright Lime Green. Paint two coats of Crystal on top, if desired.
Medium Deep Buttercup mushroom: Base coat top Deep Buttercup. Dry brush Geranium Red up from bottom. Create varied sizes of dots using Cloud White. Paint underbelly Cloud White, then dry brush with Wrought Iron Black, dragging some paint up sides.
Small red mushroom: Base coat entire mushroom Red Pepper. Paint streaks on underbelly using Cloud White. Using handle of brush, create various dots with Marigold.
-Use scrap pieces of sandpaper to rub against Styrofoam® shapes to shape and smooth.
-Always clean brushes after painting.
-Allow project to dry between steps.