Paintbrush Bouquet


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Antique Rose, Antique Teal, Arbor Green, Cadmium Yellow, Citron Green, Colonial Green, Cool Neutral, Evergreen, French Grey Blue, French Vanilla, Hauser Light Green, Hauser Medium Green, Indian Turquoise, Light Buttermilk, Payne's Grey, Raw Sienna, Silver Sage Green, Snow (Titanium) White, Spice Pink, True Ochre, Uniform Blue
  • Brushes: Royal & Langnickel Aqualon: Shader, Series R2150, #4, #6, #8, #12; Liner, Series R2595, #10/0, #3; Glaze Wash, Series R2700, 3/4", 1"; Filbert Stencil Brush, Series R1114, XLG
  • Pack ‘n Paint (PA110007) from Craine's Cutouts and Crafts
  • DecoArt: Glazing Medium; DuraClear Varnish, Matte
  • Background stencil of choice


  • Preparation
  • 1. Fill any wood holes; sand and wipe dust. Use Colonial Green to base inside and out of box. Working wet-into-wet, use following colors to slip-slap box lid, keeping dark colors at bottom and lighter colors at top: Antique Teal, Colonial Green, Indian Turquoise, and Lt. Buttermilk.
  • 2. Print out pattern; transfer basic pattern lines. (Transfer details as needed.)
  • Leaves
  • 1. Base Arbor Green; highlight tips Hauser Lt. Green and shade Evergreen along base. Paint stems Hauser Med. Green.
  • Note
  • 1. Refer to Figure Art.
  • Artist's Tips
  • 1. Use largest shader for floating color, but not larger than area. Use washy transparent paint to float colors on flowers. Streak paint from top of petal down, easing up on brush while working down, then flip brush and streak again creating a back-to-back float. Move across petal, leaving space between, and streak paint using same technique allowing streaks to vary with intensity. Avoid stripes; keep floats random and vary brush pressure. Move around front lilies; back of flower is done in same way, lifting as you move into cup of flower. If dark areas are lost, go back with shades. Repeat three to four times. Make sure to keep paint transparent. As you intensify value changes, paint streaks smaller, allowing previous layers to show through in different places. Make sure to allow floats and streaking to dry between layers.
  • Calla Lilies
  • 1. Fig. 1, Fig. 2, Fig. 3. and Fig. 4. Base Silver Sage Green. Starting at top, use Cool Neutral to float back-to-back highlights; reinforce with Lt. Buttermilk. Shade inside cups Silver Sage Green; repeat with touch of Colonial Green. Starting at base of flower, tint some French Vanilla; repeat with touch of Hauser Med. Green. Reinforce with touch of Evergreen in deep shadow areas. Add final Cadmium Yellow tint in center towards base of flower. Use Snow White to highlight back-to-back floats in center area of tops of lilies. (see photos)
  • 2. Base stems Arbor Green; shade Evergreen along both sides. Highlight center area Hauser Lt. Green; reinforce highlight with Citron Green.
  • Lisianthius (front flowers)
  • 1. Fig. 1, Fig. 3 and Fig. 4. Base Silver Sage Green. Starting at top, use Cool Neutral to highlight back-to-back floats; reinforce with Lt. Buttermilk. Shade inside cups Silver Sage; repeat with touch of Colonial Green being careful not to lose highlight. Starting at base of petal, tint some French anilla; repeat with touch of Hauser Med. Green. Fig. 4. Starting at top of petal, tint with back-to-back Spice Pink floats; reinforce with a touch of Antique Rose in shadow areas. Reinforce shaded area in base of flower with diluted Raw Sienna and reinforce highlight with Lt. Buttermilk. Use liner to pull some diluted Hauser Med. Green vein lines from base. (see photos)
  • 2. Base stems Hauser Med. Green; highlight centers Citron Green.
  • Paintbrushes
  • 1. Fig. 1, Fig. 3, and Fig 4. Base handles Uniform Blue; shade Payne's Grey and highlight French Grey Blue. Base ferrule French Grey Blue; shade Uniform Blue and highlight Lt. Buttermilk. Base bristles True Ochre; shade Raw Sienna and highlight Cadmium Yellow. (see photos)
  • Bow
  • 1. Fig. 1, Fig. 2, Fig. 4. Base Silver Sage Green, shade Colonial Green and highlight Cool Neutral. Add transparent washes of Colonial Green over entire bow. When dry, highlight with transparent Lt. Buttermilk in center of highlighted areas for a sheer appearance. (see photos)
  • Filler Flowers
  • 1. Fig. 4. Use liner and mix of water + Lt. Buttermilk (3:1) to paint tiny four-petal filler flowers; dot centers with thinned Hauser Med. Green. Add thinned Hauser Med. Green tendrils. (see photos)
  • Finishing
  • 1. Use stencil and Lt. Buttermilk to stencil top and sides of box. When dry, load brush with Glazing Medium and a touch of Antique Teal; slip-slap over stenciled areas. Repeat with Colonial Green and then French Vanilla.
  • 2. Paint side edges of box lid Antique Teal.
  • 3. Allow to cure three to four days. Apply two or more varnish coats.
  • Tip
  • 1. To boast your painting skills, paint this beautiful bouquet on your traveling suitcase(s) distinguishing it from all others or paint this design on your preferred brush or travel painting cases.

by Maureen Baker

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