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Patriotism ... with a shot of whimsy

Hello again!  I had a lot of fun with this Foundations Decor project this month.  Or should I say we had fun...Uncle Sam and me!

Altered Pages and Foundations Decor are partnering this month to bring you some fun with their wonderful wooden projects.  We've already seen some really beautiful projects.  I hope you enjoy this one, too.

The Uncle Sam kit comes with a main shape and additional pieces to enhance his beard, mustache and hat.

I happen to have inexpensive bottles of acrylic paint in my craft studio so I applied a layer of gesso and then painted Uncle's face and hat.  I held the beard up to the painted base to judge where his mouth would be.  I added a little pink to the flesh tone to paint the lips that will barely show through.

At this point, I had to decide about mustache placement.  Do I keep the mustache low and paint eyes or raise it up so it looks like the hat is covering them.  I decided the my Uncle looks super cute with the hat down to his beard so that's the look I went with.  But you could easily move the mustache down and use google eyes or paint them in.

And what about that beard and mustache?  I wanted my Uncle to have a lot of texture.  I had just bought a package of white roses from Altered Pages and hadn't put them away yet.  I looked down and got a nifty idea!  I took two of them apart, cut out the petals and made Uncle a fluffy beard!

To embellish Uncle's hat, I chose a red 12" Bazzill border edge. This one even has a polka dot pattern on it for added texture.

Gold acrylic paint has a tendency to show streaks.  Even after two coats brushed on in different directions I wasn't happy with the gold star.  I sponged another layer of paint which gave me great coverage but left a hit of air bubbles.  It's all texture right?  No problem!  But that wasn't enough.  To make his gold star fancy, I used gold stickers trimmed to fit and a gold Dew Drop in the middle.

And here he is.  I love him!  He's going right on my desk at work until Independence Day.

Thanks for stopping by.  Come on back anytime and see what fun inspirations our Design Team has to share!

Supplies Used:
Foundations Decor Uncle Sam
Little Birdie paper roses
Bazzill 12" scrapbook border 
Glam Gold stickers
Dew Drops
Multi-surface Glue
Acrylic paints

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