Bob Ross Wildlife Method

We begin by using a foam applicator to cover the entire canvas with a thin even coat of grey gesso.


Let the canvas dry, then sandwich a full-sized sheet of graphite paper carbon-side down between the pattern and the canvas. Use masking tape to hold the pattern and graphite paper in place.


Use a stylus or pencil to trace the pattern, transferring the design to your canvas.


We almost always use a pattern supplied by the instructor. Bob Ross has many wildlife patterns to select from.


The paints we use for Wildlife are softer paints than what we use for Landscapes.


We always underpaint the animals using black, white, and grey acrylic’s first. We do not use good brushes for the underpainting because acrylics are very hard on the brushes.


Once we do the underpainting with the acrylics, we put everything away and clean our area of all the acrylics, water and of course the clean brushes we used to apply the acrylic paint. We do not get any of the oil colors out until then.


Once the area is clean, take out the oils and begin overpainting the animal in oils. We will use good oil painting brushes for this step.


With those steps taken, we are ready to finish a beautiful wildlife painting you will be proud of.

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