Bob Ross Brushes:
Wildlife Bristle Brush ½”
Wildlife Bristle Brush ¾”
Wildlife Detail Brush #2
Wildlife Eye Brush
Wildlife Finisher Brush #8
Wildlife Fur Brush ½”
Floral Brush ¾”
Floral Brush ½”
Landscape Brush 1”
Landscape Brush 2”
Liner Brush #2
Bob Ross Oil Colors:
Bob Ross Soft Oil Colors:
Bob Ross Supplies:
Liquid Black Acrylic
Liquid White Acrylic
Oil Painting Medium
12x16, 16x20 or 18x24 canvas
Bob Ross Palette
disposable paper palette
foam brush applicator
Nice to Have:
Thinner Bucket/ Screen
Brush Beater Rack
Begin by reading the entire instructions for this project to familiarize yourself with the various techniques, brushes, Mediums and paints.
Use a foam applicator to cover the entire canvas with a thin, even coat of Gray Gesso and allow to dry completely. Then, transfer the panda pattern to your canvas. To transfer the Panda pattern to your canvas, use a very, very thin mixture of Oil Paint Medium and Ultramarine Blue to divide your canvas into twelve equal sections. Continue using the thinned Blue to copy the pattern, square by square to your canvas.
Underpaint the Panda with shades of Black, White and Gray acrylic.
When the Panda is dry, proceed to painting the background in oil colors.
You may proceed immediately with overpainting the Panda in oil colors or allow the background to dry before overpainting the Panda with oils.
Part I. Underpainting the Panda in Acrylics
Use the foam applicator to cover the entire canvas with a thin, even, coat of Gray Gesso and allow to dry completely. When the canvas is dry, transfer the Panda pattern to the canvas.
Underpaint the black portion of the Panda with the ¾” Bristle brush and Liquid Black Acrylic, carefully avoiding the lines indicating the placement of the eyes, arms and claws.
Begin adding the indication of hair to the head of the Panda with the ½” Bristle brush and a lighter gray acrylic and smudge the left side of the face with Black acrylic.
Underpaint the panda eyes with Liquid Black acrylic paint. Use shades of Black, White and Gray acrylics to to add the light eye crescent and White acrylic to add the primary highlight.
When you are satisfied with your underpainted Panda, put away your acrylic paints and gessoes and get rid of the water, for now the fun begins! ‘Overpainting the Panda in Oils’! Allow the canvas to dry completely before proceeding with Step 5.
Part II. Overpainting the Panda and Background in Oil Colors
Begin by overpainting the Panda’s 3-Step eyes.
Apply a thin coat of Wildlife Glazing Medium to the eyes with the Finisher brush.
Add the reflected crescent with the Eye brush, a small amount of Wildlife Glazing Medium, Warm White and Prussian Blue.
Use the Eye brush with Glazing Medium to apply a mixture of Transparent Black, and Warm White to the secondary highlight. With a clean, dry Eye brush apply a small amount of Titanium White to create the primary highlight.
You may allow the eyes to dry completely before proceeding to Step 6.
Avoiding the eyes, use the 2” brush to cover the entire canvas with Painting Medium. Then use various mixtures of Alizarin Crimson, Prussian Blue and Sap Green to ‘mottle’ the background.
Add long tapered leaves to the background with the ¾” Floral brush and mixtures of Ultramarine Blue and Sap Green.
Stroke on the Panda’s black lower body fur with the 1” brush and mixtures of Transparent Black and Alizarin Crimson. Paint his claws with the Detail brush and a mixture of Titanium White and Black.
Part III. Overpainting the Panda in Oil Colors
Use the 1” brush and Warm White to stroke hair on the Panda’s head. Be sure to pull the strokes in the direction the hair grows (from the nose, outward).
Use Alizarin Crimson and Transparent Black to add the shadowed fur on his face. Be sure to pull some of the white fur down over the black fur on the lower portion of the Panda’s body. Add final wisps of bright lights to the Panda’s white fur with the Fur brush.
The Panda is munching on clusters of small tapered leaves. Paint the leaves with various mixtures of Sap Green, Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Yellow to complete your Panda painting. Use the Liner brush with thinned color of choice to sign your animal friend with pride!
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