Keep in mind for our children’s mural we are
reducing our colors down to their most basic components. So case in point, in the zebra
we are going to be using a nice cream and also a black color paint. I recommend starting
first with the white, starting here on the snout, now you can see this in not an out
and out white. Just because I am reducing it down, simplifying it does not mean everything
has to be like you know ultra white then super dark black. Now this is more of a light cream
color but you will notice it is light enough to make a nice contrast with the background
savanna. So really keep in mind here where you have your stripes, it is very easy to
get confused and then to accidentally paint over your stripes and then forget exactly
what spot’s supposed to be bare and what spot is not. So I am leaving some markers for myself
for when I come back in here with the black. Also if there is ever a shape I do not quite
like, you know I feel the freedom to kind of go over it and alter it a little bit. At
this point you can do that and again as I have already said, as you go closer to the
edges make sure that you go down to a smaller brush so that you can get some more definition.
Now we are going to keep doing this white back over the head and the rest of the body
from head to toe. Next I will demonstrate the black, but in general you should wait
for the white to dry up to a day before painting in the black. Now let us move onto the black,
for the black I am going to be using a nice foam brush, which I also like especially dealing
with contrasts and still getting some nice sharp edges. So let us go in here, now you
notice I have not actually painted in the cream in here yet, that is fine, normally
you are going to do that, but I just want to demonstrate putting a stripe on here for
us. As I get towards the edges I pull up on the back edge to not have any shall we say
unfortunate errors. Foam brush is really good to glide and to get a nice thick coat on here.
You can also kind of ripple outwards at the edges, does not have to be a nice straight
line, see that is more of a flowy organic feel. Now as you start noticing any thin spots
showing up in your black, it is time to go back to the paint can and grab some more.
Just make sure to keep re-dipping your foam paint brush but these do hold a lot of paint,
it can be deceptive. You can also dab like I am doing which is another nice edging, you
can see like we have some nice really strong edges over in here and we are going to continue
doing this up and down all the stripes until our zebra is filled in.