Spring Garden Tote

size: 16"x16-1/2"


  • The Daily Carry-All (#CB1V) (www.dailywindow), 16"x16-1/2"
  • Micro-Cut Quality Woods (Midwast Products): Aircraft Grade Birch Plywood, 1/32” thick, 6”x12”; Baswood Strip, 1/16” thick, 3/32”x24”
  • Tin ornaments (Della and Company): Angel Puffed Large (#FTSO-011), 5-1/4”x3-1/4”; Puffed Flowers Oval (#FTSO-017), 3”x3-3/4”
  • Canvas Pad (Fredrix), 5-1/2”x8-1/4”
  • Coordinating fabric strips
  • Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Avocado; Baby Blue; Carmel; County Blue; French Vanilla; Honey Brown; Jade Green; Milk Chocolate; Mississippi Mud; Peony Pink; Petal Pink; Snow White; Soft Sage; Warm White; Wisteria
  • Americana Acrylic Matte Sealer Spray (DecoArt)
  • DuraClear Matte Varnish (DecoArt)
  • Multi-Purpose Sealer (DecoArt)


  • Paintbrushes (Royal & Langnickel): Debby Forshey's Texture, Series 1360, Small, Medium; Filbert Wisp, Series 2935, 1/2”; Oval Wash Combo, Series 3080, #1; Majestic: Square shaders, Series 4150, #0, #2, #4, #6, #8; Angular, Series 4160, 5/8”; Mini Script Liner, Series 4200L, 20/0; Glaze Wash, Series 4700, 1/2”
  • Stylus (Royal & Langnickel)


  • Tin Ornament Preparation
  • 1. Wash tin with warm soapy water; rinse thoroughly. Use a final rinse of white vinegar and water to make sure that any trace of oil is gone. Dry by placing in a 170°F oven on a cookie sheet for three minutes to dry out crevices. Let air dry for 24 hours before proceeding. Apply one coat of Multi-Purpose Sealer with the glaze wash brush in a slip-slap stroke to both sides of ornaments.
  • Basecoating Ornaments
  • 1. Basecoat edges and backsides of ornaments with appropriate size shaders as follows:
  • 2. Lightly sand with a brown bag, wipe off with a lint-free cloth, re-basecoat areas with appropriate colors to achieve an opaque coverage.
  • 3. Flower: Baby Blue + Multi-Purpose Sealer (1:1)
  • 4. Leaves: Soft Jade + Multi-Purpose Sealer (1:1)
  • 5. Angel's face: Snow White + a shot of Petal Pink + Multi-Purpose Sealer (1:1)
  • 6. Wings, halo: Soft Jade + Multi-Purpose Sealer (1:1)
  • 7. Wire hair: Camel + Multi-Purpose Sealer (1:1)
  • Detailing Flower Ornament
  • 1. Repeat all steps on both sides of flower ornament. Corner-load angle with Jade Green; float shading across bottom of each leaf. Then up on chisel edge of brush, pull center veins with Jade Green. Refer to photo to complete flower center. Basecoat large outside oval Baby Blue + Snow White (1:1), using a shader brush, then outline with Petal Pink, using liner. Basecoat small center oval Petal Pink, using shader, then outline with Baby Blue, using liner. Place dip dots of Baby Blue in pink center, using stylus. Place dip dots of Petal Pink in blue oval, using stylus. Refer to photo to complete main flower area. Corner-load angle with Country Blue; float a wide shade along left side of blue flower area. Place dip dots in Baby Blue + Snow White (1:1) and then in Petal Pink + Snow White (1:1), using stylus. Set aside.
  • Detailing Garden Angel Ornament
  • 1. With small Texture brush and Petal Pink, dry brush blush in cheek areas. Place dip dot eyes in Mississippi Mud, using stylus. When dry, place Snow White highlights in top right of each eye. With Mississippi Mud and liner, pull brows and nose. Repeat steps on both sides of wings. Use filbert Wisp with Warm White; pull line pattern work on wings. With liner and Jade Green, pull trim line along edge of wings. Using #0 shader brush with Jade Green, pull one-stroke leaves randomly along trim line. Set aside.
  • Picket Fence
  • 1. Use scissors to cut a picket fence from 1/32”-thick birch plywood. Basecoat front Warm White; using #8 shader. Lightly sand and wipe dust. Re-basecoat wood. When dry, corner-load angle with Mississippi Mud; float shading across top of each post and in between. Set aside.
  • Flower Shop Sign
  • 1. With scissors, cut a 1”x1-3/4” half circle from birch plywood sheet. Basecoat Warm White, using #8 shader. Lightly sand and wipe dust. Re-basecoat wood. When dry, corner-load angle with Antique Green; float shading along curved edge. With liner and Antique Green, pull name and hours. Set aside. Cut a 3-1/4”-long piece from basswood strip. Basecoat Antique Green, using #6 shader. Lightly sand and wipe dust. Re-basecoat wood. Set aside.
  • Canvas Insert
  • 1. Print out pattern. Measure and cut a 5-1/2”x8-1/4” rectangle from canvas pad. Transfer line drawing to canvas piece. Use graph ruler to aid in the transfer of straight lines by dragging stylus along the ruler's edge.
  • Sky Area
  • 1. Basecoat Snow White, using glaze wash brush. When dry, corner-load angle with Baby Blue; float a wide shade from top of sky area down, leaving a light area along the horizon.
  • Background Flower Areas
  • 1. Basecoat each flower area with the appropriate color; using #8 shader. Refer to line drawing for numbering.
  • 2. French Vanilla: Areas 1and 4
  • 3. Wisteria: Area 2
  • 4. Jade Green: Areas 5 and 9
  • 5. Country Blue: Area 6
  • 6. Camel: Areas 7 and 8
  • 7. Lightly pre-dampen flower areas with medium texture brush and appropriate colors, and dance flower foliage lightly within the flower areas; let dry. Then dance appropriate colors heavier along top edges. (Note: For proper use of texture brush, use the following method. Dampen bristles with water to start the separation of bristles. Tap bristles into paint on palette, hold it perpendicular to palette, pounce it up and down to remove some paint, keeping paint sparse on brush. Brush may be used on whole foot or just the toe. Tap lightly on surface, dance with brush up and down, rolling brush in different directions in between your fingers when it is up in the air. Let dry in between dances to prevent a muddy look.
  • 8. Camel: Areas 1and 4
  • 9. Wisteria with a touch of Country Blue mix: Area 2
  • 10. Jade Green: Areas 3, 5 and 9
  • 11. Camel with a touch of Honey Brown mix: Areas 7 and 8
  • 12. Country Blue: Area 6
  • Hessel's Flower Building
  • 1. Using #8 shader, basecoat walls Warn White, and roof Mississippi Mud. Pull wall lines with Mississippi Mud, using liner. Wash over left wall with Mississippi Mud for shade and separation, using #8 shader. Corner-load angle with Mississippi Mud; float shading across top of right wall. Corner-load angle with Milk Chocolate; float shading across top of roof. Basecoat doors and window Mississippi Mud, using the appropriate size shaders. When dry, use Warm White to basecoat door's windows and bottom panels. With liner and Mississippi Mud, pull window panes and ‘x’ supports. With Warm White, pull window panes, ‘x’ in top door and door knobs. With liner and Mississippi Mud, pull right side roof line. Pull trim roof lines and outline window and doors with Snow White.
  • Tree and Ground Foliage
  • 1. Load #6 shader with Honey Brown and side-load with Milk Chocolate; pull tree trunk. With Antique Green and medium texture brush, dance in tree top and ground foliage. Randomly with Jade Green, lightly dance highlight in tree top and ground foliage.
  • Right Flower Shrubs
  • 1. With Antique Green and medium texture brush, dance in shrubs. Lightly dance Jade Green for highlight and separation. Then dance Petal Pink for flowers.
  • Foreground Flower Areas
  • 1. Basecoat area with Camel, using glaze wash brush. Transfer line drawing for each flower area. With small texture brush and appropriate colors, dance in the rows of flower foliage. Refer to line drawing for numbering.
  • 2. Flower area #10: Country Blue, then lightly with Wisteria for highlight
  • 3. Flower area #11: Jade Green, then French Vanilla
  • 4. Flower area #12: Baby Blue, then Snow White
  • 5. Flower area #13: Peony Pink, then Petal Pink
  • 6. Corner-load angle with Milk Chocolate; chisel float shading randomly in between rows of flower foliage. (Note: To chisel float, corner-load angle, blend off on palette, lay bristles of brush flat on surface [chisel edge up]. Push paint on bristles from left to right in a scratching motion, letting bristles pull a broken line that is slightly floated.)
  • Finishing
  • 1. To protect painting on canvas, fence, sign and wood strip, apply matte sealer. Apply varnish to flower and angel ornaments, using oval wash combo brush.
  • Finishing Touches
  • 1. Glue fence, sign and wooden strip to canvas as shown. Insert canvas inside tote sleeve. Tear fabric strips and tie the flower and angel to handle.

by Debby Forshey-Choma

Pattern - Spring Garden Tote

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