Next, I dry brushed some white back into the moon and around the outside of the moon. Then I painted an evergreen tree and a few branches. I wanted to give it a foggy effect so I painted in a solid ground and dry brushed white areas over the pine tree and behind the deer. If you mess up, paint can be removed with 220 grit sandpaper or painted over and over. I wouldn't paint too many layers without sanding though or you will end up with a bumpy texture. Check the sides of the deer to make sure that the painted and unpainted areas match up. You can also seal the skull by spraying a flat or satin waterbased polyurethane over it. Most of the oil based polyurethane has an amber tone to it so I highly suggest water based (if you use anything at all).
I am a watercolor artist but love to play with other mediums as well. So when I got a request to paint a deer skull, I thought, why not?
First, I taped off and put grocery bags over the rack. Then sprayed the skull with primer. After the primer dried, I sprayed the mouth area and the back of the head with black. I could also have used acrylic paint on this as well but it's quicker to use spray paint since there are areas of the skull that would be hard to reach with the brush.
Then I put a few coats of white acrylic on the area that I was painting the deer scene. When it dried, I lightly drew the moon and the deer with pencil.
I painted black paint on the outside of the moon, dragging it away from the moon to fade it and blotted it with a rag. Then I painted the deer. Since the moon isn't flat white, I also dry brushed some areas of black. Dry brushing is a technique used to lightly add paint or to fade paint. You can drybrush by barely dipping your brush into the paint and then rubbing most of the paint off onto a cloth or paper.
Last, clean your brushes and find a place to display your masterpiece!
Lisa Laker is an interior designer who has been in the design business since 2001. She earned her FIDER accredited Interior Design Degree from IADT in Tampa, Fl and graduated at the top of her class.