JAH Halloween Throwback Thursday!


Paint your own "Decorator" Horse for Halloween

By Jennifer Danza

Put away the realistic reference and all the horse colored paints. We are going "deco" and decorating a Breyer just in time for Halloween!

Even though this project takes a detour from realistic painting, you will still need to start with a good base, so prime your horse with a sand-able white primer. After which you will need to gather Halloween inspiration. I found a ton of good ideas in a pumpkin carving book and decided to go with a bat design for my horse.

First, take a sheet of tracing paper and trace out your design. It is ok if the design is too large for your horse. The next steps will show you how to easily proportion down the image. To do this you just keep drawing new lines inside the image. Try to follow the first lines very carefully so as to keep the shape of the image in tact.

Turn your tracing paper around and with the side of your pencil shade the entire image. Then turn the paper back around and on a stiff piece of bristol board retrace the new image. The pencil shadings will adhere to the bristol leaving a brand new image that you can now cut out using Exacto knife. Once cut out the image can be traced anywhere on your horse. You can even overlap the image.

Using acrylic paints, mix up a rich warm black using black and a touch of Raw Umber. Apply the paint to desired areas and wait for the paint to dry.

HOT TIP: Use a hair dryer to help the acrylic paint dry faster in between coats.

I applied 3 coats to this horse to get the deep rich black color. After the dark color has dried fully carefully mix your Rust-Oleum Glow in the Dark paint. This is a water-soluble safe paint that can be easily brushed on your horse. Please note though that it must be painted onto a white surface in order for it to glow. I chose to brush the bats, eyes and hooves on this horse.

Let dry and activate the glow in the dark paint for up to 2 hours with natural light.
Then turn off the lights and enjoy your spooky new creation!

Supply List:Rust-Oleum Glow In the Dark paint

Acrylic paints
Tracing paper
Bristol Paper (or similar paper that is thick)
Exacto Knife


American QH Mare Primed model

Breyer mold 682 (American Quarter Horse Mare)
before making her a "decorator".


Prime the horse with white sand-able primer

Holiday Inspired Reference Transfer the Design

Look for holiday-inspired reference.


Transfer your chosen design
onto tracing paper.

Trace the Design Make a Smaller Version

Draw a smaller version inside
the original traced line.


Cover the backside of your tracing with pencil graphite.

Shade the Back Transfer onto Bristol

Now transfer the image onto Bristol.


The tracing paper allows easy transfer
of your image to the paper.

Cut Image Out with an X-Acto Knife Trace Around the Image

Cut out your image
using an X-Acto knife.


Trace around image to transfer into horse.
You can tape it to hold in place.

Examine Your Design Types of Paints Needed

Examine your design.


Types of paints needed for this project.
Paint Dark Areas First Re-examine Your Painted Design

Paint dark areas first then let dry.


Re-examine your design in painted form.

Paint in the Glow in the Dark Last Glowing Model!

Paint the glow in
the dark paint on last.


Glowing after exposure to natural light.

The Completed Halloween Deco!

The Results!








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BreyerLover2222 Says:
05/27/2016 at 1:54 pm

Sounds like a lot of fun!!!!

doodles101 Says:
11/01/2015 at 5:44 pm

ooooooo! So much fun!

dminnis1 Says:
10/31/2015 at 6:23 am

Basic Customized painting instructions

Thank you for the customizing instructions which I found complete with exact supplies and nice photos.

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