• DecoArt Traditions Artists Acrylics: Burnt Umber, Diarylide Yellow, Indian Yellow, Naphthol Red Light, Raw Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Warm White, Yellow Oxide
  • DecoArt Traditions: Liner, Series TB11-B, #3/0; Round, Series TB21-B, #3; Flat, Series TB32-B, #6; Flat, Series TB33-B, #8; Flat, Series TB25-B, #12; Flat, Series TB36-B, 1/2"; Flat, Series TB38-B, 1"; Filbert, Series TB41-B, #6; Filbert, Series TB42-B, #8; Filbert, Series TB43-B, #10; Filbert, Series TB44-B, #12; Dome Blender, Series TB91-B, #8; Dome Blender, Series TB92-B, #10; Dome Blender, Series TB93-B, #12; Blender Mop, Series TB112, 1/2"
  • DecoArt Traditions Mediums: Extender & Blending; Glazing; Multi-Surface Sealer; Satin Varnish, Gesso
  • Napkin Holder (#2154) and Paper Towel Holder (#2164) available through JB Wood Products
  • Gallery Canvas, 12"x16"


  • Rebecca Baer Stencil: Baroque Borders (ST-103)
  • Wet palette


  • Preparation
  • 1. For canvas, sand lightly; wipe dust. Apply several Gesso applications drying well and sanding between applications. For wood, sand smooth; wipe dust. Apply Multi Surface Sealer; dry well, sand, and wipe dust.
  • Artist's Technique Terms and Tips
  • 1. Undercoating or Basecoat: Solid or semi-solid application of paint. Thin paint with water and apply in thin applications.
  • 2. Blending: Applying two or more values of color side by side, or above and below, then blending together, resulting in a smooth transition between value changes. Hold brush handle at back and have brush at 45 degree angle to blend on flat side of bristles, not chisel edge.
  • 3. Extender Medium: Used to extend open time of paint. Extender is applied to dry surface using large clean brush dedicated to extender only. Apply small amount to surface area and brush back and forth to activate Extender. Extender can also be used in brush instead of water. Water is solvent to extender therefore causing extender to dry faster. Always apply extender to majority of surface as extender dries from outside in allowing more open time for blending values.
  • 4. Glazing Medium or Barrier Coat: Use mix of Glazing Medium + water (1:1) to apply to entire surface between each stage of painting to protect and prevent previous layers from reactivating and lifting.
  • Color Mixes
  • 1. Note: Artist prefers to mix values on wax palette then transfering to wet palette in value order, see photos.
  • 2. Cream Mix = Warm White + Raw Sienna (11:1); mix large amount as this color will be used for background and in all mixes.
  • 3. Purple (mix Very Dark value first) Light: Medium value + Cream mix (1:1) + tch. of Naphthol Red Lt. - Medium: Dark value + Cream mix (2:1) + tch. of Naphthol Red Lt. - Dark: Very Dark value + Cream mix (3:1) + tch. of Naphthol Red Lt - Very Dark: ltramarine Blue + Naphthol Red Lt. + Raw Sienna (3:1:1) + tch. of Cream mix
  • 4. Yellow (mix Medium value first) Light: Medium value + Cream mix (1:1) - Medium: Raw Sienna + Cream mix + Yellow Oxide + Diarylide Yellow (1:1:1:1) - Dark: Medium value + Diarylide Yellow + Raw Sienna (1:1:1) + tch. of Dk. Purple mix + tch. of Burnt Umber - Very Dark: Dark value + Burnt Umber (1:1) + tch. of Very Dark Purple value
  • 5. Green (mix Medium value first) Light: Medium value + Cream mix (1:1) + tch. of Yellow Oxide - Medium: Ultramarine Blue + Cream mix + Yellow Oxide + Raw Sienna (1:1:1:1) - Dark: Medium value + Ultramarine Blue (1:1) - Very Dark: Dark value + Ultramarine Blue (1:1) + tch. of Very Dark Purple value
  • Painting Instructions
  • 1. Note: Use hair dryer to force dry paint between each stage to stop paint from lifting or reactivating.
  • Stage 1 - Background
  • 1. Note: Background is developed in several layered applications during each stage. Notice canvas background begins very soft and evolves with each stage of painting process. Wood pieces have a textured effect applied since they are smaller. (see photos)
  • 2. Canvas: Apply Cream mix to entire surface; force dry. Apply Extender to entire surface. Reapply basecoat; while wet, apply Raw Sienna around design elements leaving some background areas showing; pinch-wipe brush and blend to soften. Load brush with Medium Green Value and apply to four corners; pinch-wipe brush and blend. Load brush with Medium Purple Value and apply between green and Raw Sienna; pinch-wipe brush and blend. Force dry.
  • 3. Wood Surfaces: Moisten surface with Extender. Randomly apply Raw Sienna, Medium Green Value, and Medium Purple Value; while wet, lay crinkled plastic wrap over surface, press plastic onto paint, then lift plastic to reveal textured effect. If further softening is needed, use plastic to tap/press unwanted areas. Force dry. Place stencil as shown, manipulating stencil to fit around curved top. Use dry brush technique, #10 or #12 dome blender, and mix of Dark Purple Value + tch. of Raw Sienna to tap paint over stencil. (Note: Stenciling should not be too dark or too heavy, more can be added later if needed.)
  • 4. Print out patterns; transfer basic pattern lines. (Transfer details as needed.) Basecoat as follows: eggplant and purple flower, Medium Purple Value; green zucchini, leaf and stems, Medium Green Value; yellow zucchini and flower, Medium Yellow Value. Force dry. Apply thinned Glazing Medium as noted in Artist's Technique Terms and Tips.
  • Stage 2 - Light Values on all Objects
  • 1. Note: Light source is at upper right of design. Use filbert brushes in this stage to apply paint, then blend to disburse color; pinch-wipe brush if too much paint is on surface and re-blend. Use a variety of mop brushes and dome blenders to soften transition lines between values, softly taping or patting brushes. (see photos)
  • 2. Refer to Artist's Technique Terms and Tips to moisten surface with thin application of Extender, brushing back and forth to activate and disperse evenly; if Extender starts to dry prior to finishing each stage, remoisten. Use Extender to moisten brush, not water.
  • 3. Eggplant: Use #10 filbert to apply Light Purple Value as shown and blend.
  • 4. Zucchinis: Use #10 filbert to apply Light Green Value for green zucchini and Light Yellow Value for yellow zucchini; apply with tip of brush, blending as you go. (Note: Streaks are desirable and will help to create raised edges on these vegetables.)
  • 5. Leaf and Stems: Use #8 filbert to apply Light Green Value on leaf edges as shown. Soften transition areas with small mop brush. Side-load brush with same light value and apply along right side of stems.
  • 6. Flowers: Use Light Purple Value for purple flower and Light Yellow Value for yellow flowers; apply paint to center of each petal using tip of brush, blending as you go, and leaving streaks for interest. Separate overlapping petals with light values.
  • 7. Force dry. Apply thinned Glazing Medium as noted in Artist's Technique Terms and Tips.
  • Stage 3 - Dark Values on all Objects
  • 1. Dark values are applied in same manner as light values; moisten surface first with Extender. Moisten brush with Extender. (see photos)
  • 2. Eggplant: Use #10 filbert to apply Dark Purple Value along left and lower left side.
  • 3. Purple Flower: Use #6 filbert to apply Dark Purple Value in center of flower, then use tip of brush to pull dark through center of each petal.
  • 4. Zucchinis: Use #10 filbert to apply Dark Green Value or Dark Yellow Value for appropriate zucchini; blend along left side, bottom, slightly up lower right side, and at top where zucchini is connected to stem. (Notice dark steaks in upper center of paper towel holder, indicating raised areas.)
  • 5. Leaf: Use #8 or #10 filbert and Dark Green Value to apply along right side where leaf is connected to stem, then stretch down center of each of leaf's three sections. Soften transition areas with mop brush. Side-load flat brush with same dark value and apply along left side of stems.
  • 6. Yellow Flower: Side-load flat brush or filbert to add Dark Yellow Value along petal edges. Add some of this dark value to dark side of eggplant stem.
  • 7. Background Texture: Force dry surface. Moisten entire surface with Extender. Load 1/2" flat with Raw Sienna, apply here and there over previous Raw Sienna applications; while wet, lay crinkled plastic wrap on paint, press and lift. Soften with plastic where needed. In same manner, apply Medium Purple Value and Medium Green Value working one section at a time. Each application of faux background effect will add additional depth and interest to painting.
  • 8. Force dry. Apply thinned Glazing Medium as noted in Artist's Technique Terms and Tips.
  • Stage 4 - Pyramiding Smaller Areas of
  • 1. This stage will focus on continuing to develop forms by applying smaller areas of darker and lighter values on each object, including stems. Start with existing light value for each object then if a lighter value is needed brush mix with Cream mix or another light value (e.g.: to make a lighter green, brush mix into light yellow.) Lower left side of vegetables will be where darkest values are placed. (see photos)
  • 2. Leaf and Flower Veins: For leaf, load liner with Light Green Value thinned with water; add vein lines. For yellow flower, use Medium Green Value; notice how vein lines meet in center of flower. Force dry. Apply Extender.
  • 3. Green Zucchini: Load liner with Medium Yellow Value; touch some dots and irregular spots on zucchini. While wet, use mop brush to gently brush vertically to soften, keeping spots subtle. Force dry.
  • 4. Background Texture: Continue to build background using same technique as Stage 3, Background Texture. Apply a slightly darker green value in corners to frame design. (Note: Make sure this background does not overwhelm painting.) If more light value is desired near vegetables, add Warm White or Cream mix here and there; refer to photos. (Note: Wipe paint from vegetables using clean brush and water.)
  • 5. Force dry. Apply thinned Glazing Medium as noted in Artist's Technique Terms and Tips.
  • Stage 5 - Details
  • 1. In this stage, colors will be carried throughout design to help with color flow and harmony. This is accomplished through methods of accents and glazing. (see photos)
  • 2. Yellow Zucchini Stem: Before applying Extender, side-load flat brush with Dark Purple Value; apply to dark side of stem. Each stem should be unique for separation. Force dry. Apply Extender.
  • 3. Eggplant: Use mix of Naphthol Red Lt. + Ultramarine Blue (2:1) for burgundy color. Use mix to apply very thin glaze on right half of eggplant. Use blender mop or dome blender to remove excess glaze from light area. While wet, apply final light sparkle.
  • 4. Zucchinis: Apply very scant Indian Yellow glaze to light area of green zucchini; while wet, apply brush mix of Light Yellow Value and Cream mix for final sparkle. Add same sparkle to yellow zucchini omitting Indian Yellow. Apply Dark Purple Value accents to lower right and left side of both zucchinis; add some burgundy mix to left side of yellow zucchini. Add more yellow splotches on green zucchini if desired; blend to soften.
  • 5. Leaf: Apply very scant Indian Yellow glaze to light areas of leaf; while wet, blend Light Yellow Value.
  • 6. Yellow Flower: Side-load Dark Purple Value and apply here and there along petals edges to separate or lift an edge. Use liner and same color to tap in flower center. Use Cream mix to add final light sparkles.
  • 7. Purple Flower: Add smaller areas of Dark Purple Value if need in center area to separate petals, then apply Cream mix to smaller areas on petal edges to separate. Load liner with Medium Yellow Value to apply pollen lines in center of flower.
  • 8. Curly-Q's: Use liner to paint curls in variations of green: use brush mix of Medium Green Value + Medium Yellow Value; add more yellow to some and more green to others. Force dry. Add darker values here and there on the left side and lighter values here and there on right side.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Force dry. Transfer "Verdura" to bottom of canvas; paint wording with mix of Dark Purple Value + tch. of Raw Sienna. Force dry. Apply thinned Glazing Medium as noted in Artist's Technique Terms and Tips. Apply two varnish applications on surfaces.

by Sue Pruett

Pattern - Verdura

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