Harlequin Tea Set

By  Linda Hollander 

size: varies

  • Harlequin Tea Set
  • Diagram


  • Silver plate tea service or mismatched components


  • Loew Cornell American Painter Paintbrushes: Series 4550 Glaze/Wash 1/2”, 1”; Series 4370 Mid Length Liner 10/0; Series 4500 Filbert #4; Series 4300 Shader #6
  • Loew Cornell Paintbrushes: Series #410 Deerfoot Stippler 3/8”
  • DecoArt Americana: Bleached Sand, Graphite, Hauser Medium Green, Lilac, Taffy Cream, Warm White, Wasabi Green, Violet Haze, Wild Orchid, Wisteria, Zinc
  • DecoArt Staining and Antiquing Medium
  • Krylon: Workable Fixative, Crystal Clear Flat Finish, Gesso Spray
  • Fine grit sandpaper sponges
  • Colored transfer paper

Basic Supplies

  • tracing paper and pencil, stylus, old toothbrush or splattering tool, painter’s tape, ruler, paint cups, palette

Pattern - Harlequin Tea Set

  • 1. Mix the following into paint cups: (3:1) mixture of Bleached Sand + Taffy Cream for warm mix, (2:1) mixture of Warm White + Bleached Sand for light mix, (4:1) mixture of Wisteria + Bleached Sand for purple mix and (3:1) mixture of Zinc + Bleached Sand for grey mix.
  • 2. To prep, use soap and water to clean silver plate tea service pieces. Apply gesso spray to all surfaces in a well-ventilated area. Repeat until opaque. Sand lightly between coats for smooth finish. Let dry overnight.
  • 3. Basecoat teapot, sugar bowl lid, center area and backside of tray with light mix from Step 1. Basecoat teapot body, creamer body, sugar bowl body and edge of tray (if applicable) with warm mix. Paint ornate edge trim on all pieces with purple mix. Spray with workable fixative.
  • 4. Print out full-size patterns. Lightly mark center of tray using ruler and pencil. Use transfer paper and pencil to transfer harlequin design centered onto tray. Match up edges of design and repeat process until tray center is covered with harlequin design. Paint diamonds with grey mix as shown.
  • 5. Use pencil and ruler to divide all lid areas in thirds horizontally. Divide sections into vertical quadrants. If applicable, divide each quadrant into halves creating eight equal-sized checkered squares. Note that checkered squares may not be exactly square due to varying lid shapes. Base checkered squares with grey mix until opaque as shown.
  • 6. Load heel of deerfoot stippler with small amount of Hauser Medium Green. Load toe of same deerfoot stippler with small amount of Wasabi Green. Tape brush onto palette several times until colors are blended where they meet. Refer to painting diagram to lightly tap in foliage onto teapot, sugar bowl and creamer as shown.
  • 7. Dampen filbert and double load Violet Haze and Wisteria. Load tip of same filbert with small amount of Warm White. Press down with tip of brush then turn brush onto its side as you lift and release pressure to create petals. Petals should have a grounded edge that tapers into a point. Colors will blend as you continue painting petals. Stroke clusters of lilac petals onto teapot, sugar bowl and creamer as shown. Use side of brush to stroke smaller single petals around lilac clusters and on tips of lilacs as shown in painting diagram. Repeat with Wild Orchid, Lilac and Warm White to create more lilac clusters. Dot centers of random petal clusters Violet Haze and Warm White using stylus.
  • 8. Load toothbrush or splattering tool with Hauser Medium Green thinned with water. Off load excess and lightly splatter open area between lilac clusters. Load liner with thinned Hauser Medium Green and paint tendrils as shown.
  • 9. Mix (4:1) mixture of Antiquing Medium + Graphite on palette; apply over purple trim areas. Let dry for 15 minutes. Wipe raised areas with a slightly damp cloth. Spray all painted surfaces with Crystal Clear Finish. (Note: The set is for display only; it is not safe for food or beverages.)
  • Tip
  • 1. Use appropriate sized brushes unless otherwise noted.
  • 2. If you are a new painter, practice all painting techniques on scrap paper first.