"Friends and Flowers Make Life a Garden" Bench
- Wooden bench, 2’x3’
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Rookwood Red, Fawn, Buttermilk, Black Plum, Light Cinnamon, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber, Pumpkin, Georgia Clay, Shading Flesh, Alizarin Crimson, Moon Yellow, Ebony Black, Hauser Medium Green, Sand, Raw Sienna, Snow White, Celery Green, Gooseberry, French Gray Blue, Uniform Blue, Deep Midnight Blue, Antique Gold
old rag, sandpaper, decorative chalk, transfer paper
- Loew-Cornell Paintbrushes: 1” Wash, 1/2” Wash; Shaders: #2, 4, 6, 8, 10; #2 Liner
- Primer and sealer
- 1. Sand bench and wipe clean. Apply primer. Print out patterns.
- 2. For lid, use 1” wash to base Ebony Black. Transfer border lines only. Use 1” wash to base center Buttermilk and 1/2” wash to shade Yellow Ochre. Use 1” wash to base four sides Rookwood Red and 1/2” wash to shade Black Plum. Use 1” wash to base four corners Fawn and 1/2” wash to shade Light Cinnamon. When completely dry, wet old rag squeezing out excess water and dip in thinned Burnt Umber. Wipe over top of lid to desired darkness.
- 3. For bench, use 1” wash to base inside and bottom Ebony Black and outside Fawn. Use 1/2” wash to shade Light Cinnamon. Base sides of bench Rookwood Red. Use 1/2” wash to shade Black Plum. Apply rag process like lid. Transfer patterns onto bench.
- 4. For lettering, use #2 Liner and Buttermilk. For flower centers, use #8 shader to base Moon Yellow, shade Antique Gold, and highlight Buttermilk. For dash lines, use #2 liner and Burnt Umber.
- 5. For orange flowers, use #6 shader to undercoat Shading Flesh, base Pumpkin, and shade Georgia Clay. For dark orange flowers, use #6 shader to base Georgia Clay and shade Rookwood Red. For red flowers, use #6 shader to shade Alizarin Crimson and shade Black Plum. For leaf/stem, use #2 shader to base Hauser Medium Green.
- 6. For buttons, use #6 shader to base inside circle Sand, shade Yellow Ochre, and outside circle Ebony Black. Use #2 liner to add dash lines Ebony Black. For stitch lines around border, use #2 liner and Ebony Black.
- 7. For sheep, use #10 shader to base body Sand and shade Yellow Ochre. Use #2 liner to base head, tail, and legs Ebony Black and dot eye Sand.
- 8. For blanket, use #8 shader to base Celery Green and shade Hauser Medium Green. Use #2 liner to create plaid lines Hauser Medium Green and Sand.
- 9. For bird, use #8 shader to base body Uniform Blue, shade Deep Midnight Blue, and highlight French Gray Blue. Use #4 to base beak Antique Gold and shade Raw Sienna. Use #2 liner to add legs and dot eye Ebony Black.
- 10. For bunnies, use #10 shader to base Sand and shade Burnt Umber. Use #2 shader to base ears Burnt Umber, liner eyes and mouth Burnt Umber, line nose Gooseberry, and line whiskers Burnt Umber. Use decorative chalk to add cheeks.
- 11. For bunny scarves, use #2 shader to base Uniform Blue, shade Deep Midnight Blue, and highlight French Gray Blue. Line fringe Uniform Blue.
- 12. For chicken, use #8 shader to base body Ebony Black and dot Buttermilk. Dot eye Buttermilk with smaller Ebony Black highlight dot. Use #2 liner to line legs Ebony Black, base tail Rookwood Red and shade Black Plum, and base beak Antique Gold and shade Raw Sienna.
- 13. For glove on side of bench, use #10 shader to base Sand and shade Burnt Umber. For heart, use #8 shader to base Black Plum and #2 liner to add stitch lines Ebony Black.
- 14. For dragonfly, use #2 shader to base body Ebony Black and shade wings Snow White. Use #2 liner to paint vein lines Snow White.
- 15. To finish, apply several coats of sealer letting dry completely between each coat.
by Cheryl Nuccio