Wine Box Accent Table
- Wine box 14”x20-1/8”x7-1/8” (found at your local wine shop)
- JoSonja’s Artists’ Acrylics: Antique Green, Brilliant Violet, Dioxazine Purple, Moss Green, Naples Yellow Hue, Oakmoss, Olive Green, Paynes Grey, Pine Green, Raw Umber, Smoked Pearl, Transparent Magenta, Warm White, Yellow Light
- Scharff brushes: Golden Taklon, Syn-Sable: Liner, Series 455, #0, #1; Filbert, Series 429, #6; Angular, Series 155, 1/2”; Oval Mop, Series 670, 1/4”
- Bristle, 1-1/2”
- JoSonja’s Mediums: All Purpose Sealer; Flow Medium; Retarder Medium; Clear Glaze Medium; Varnish, Matte
- Wood strapping, 1-3/8”x1/2”x48”
- Turned wooden legs (with holes drilled in top), 15”, four
- Screws to fit leg holes, 1-1/2” long, four
- Wood glue
- Saw or table saw
- Drill and drill bits
- 1. For lid strapping, cut two 10-1/2” and one 27” long pieces from strapping. (Note: Measurements may need to adjusted for various size crates. Crate lid used in this project is 14”x20-1/8”.) (Fig. 1) Mark corners 1/2” from edges. (Refer to photo) Place 27” piece on a diagonal on bottom of lid; cut ends to fit marked corners. Glue in place. Repeat same for 10-1/2” pieces.
- 2. Position legs under box approximately 1” from corners; mark placement and drill holes in center of markings using bit same size diameter as screws.
- 3. Sand box, lid, and legs. For stain, mix Oakmoss + All Purpose Sealer (1:1); use bristle brush to apply stain over all outer surface areas and wipe back with soft cloth if needed. Wipe away stain that falls into embossed lettering or logo on box. Let dry.
- 4. Print out pattern; transfer basic pattern lines onto lid. (Transfer details as needed.)
- Artist’s Tips
- 1. Retarder allows you to work and blend acrylic paints for longer periods of time. It can be used to moisten brush for better paint blending on a dry surface or applied to surface over section of design to be painted wet-on-wet. Spread retarder over surface with large flat brush. “Stretch” out, pulling over surface in many directions, leaving a thin layer; surface should look damp not wet. Paint area according to instructions. Should area become tacky before you are finished, force dry with hair dryer, let cool and reapply retarder. It is recommended to seal design after completion with clear glaze or matte spray sealer prior to varnishing.
- 1. Use angular brush to base Pine Green in dark areas and Antique Green in light areas; blend where to colors meet. Apply thin layer retarder over leaves; use Pine Green to shade along base of leaves and down center vein line. Reinforce shading with Olive Green. Use mix of Antique Green + Smoked Pearl (2:1) to add highlights. Use mix of Yellow Lt. + Flow Medium (1:6) to wash over leaves. Use highlight mix and #0 liner to paint vein lines. Dry. Reapply retarder over leaves; deepen shadows with mix of Olive Green + Raw Umber (2:1).
- Purple Grapes
- 1. Use filbert to base each Transparent Magenta; while wet, use mix of Brilliant Violet + tch. of Dioxazine Purple to blend on shadow side of each grape. Dry. Apply thin layer retarder over grapes; use mix of Dioxazine Purple + tch. of Paynes Grey to shade all around grapes, widest in shadows and lightly in remaining area. Deepen shadow side with Paynes Grey. Highlight with mix of Warm White + Transparent Magenta (1:1); reinforce highlight with Warm White and mop to soften.
- Green Grapes
- 1. Use filbert to base each with mix of Moss Green + Naples Yellow Hue; while wet, blend Moss Green on shadow side of each grape. Dry. Apply thin layer retarder over grapes; shade Pine Green all around grapes, widest in shadows and lightly in remaining area. Deepen shadow side with mix of Pine Green + tch. of Dioxazine Purple. Highlight Yellow Lt.; reinforce highlight with mix of Yellow Lt. + Warm White (1:2). Add Brilliant Violet tints on some grapes.
- 1. Use line to base Raw Umber; deepen dark side with full strength Raw Umber. Add Raw Umber squiggles.
- 1. Apply even coat Clear Glaze Medium over design; let dry overnight. Apply multiple varnish coats over box, lid, and legs to protect against damage. (Note: Use Super Film to sand after every two coats; wipe dust before apply more varnish.)
- 2. Push screws from inside box out; screw legs onto bottom of box.
by Anne Hunter