- DecoArt Traditions Artists Acrylics: Burnt Umber, Diarylide Yellow, Indian Yellow, Naphthol Red Light, Raw Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Warm White, Yellow Oxide
- DecoArt Traditions: Liner, Series
TB11-B, #3/0; Round, Series
TB21-B, #3; Flat, Series TB32-B, #6; Flat, Series TB33-B, #8; Flat, Series TB25-B, #12; Flat, Series TB36-B, 1/2"; Flat, Series TB38-B, 1"; Filbert, Series TB41-B, #6; Filbert, Series TB42-B, #8; Filbert, Series TB43-B, #10; Filbert, Series TB44-B, #12;
Dome Blender, Series TB91-B, #8;
Dome Blender, Series TB92-B, #10;
Dome Blender, Series TB93-B, #12;
Blender Mop, Series TB112, 1/2"
- DecoArt Traditions Mediums:
Extender & Blending; Glazing; Multi-Surface Sealer; Satin Varnish, Gesso
- Napkin Holder (#2154) and Paper
Towel Holder (#2164) available
through JB Wood Products
- Gallery Canvas, 12"x16"
- Rebecca Baer Stencil: Baroque
- Wet palette
- 1. For canvas, sand lightly; wipe dust.
Apply several Gesso applications drying well and sanding between applications. For wood, sand smooth; wipe dust. Apply Multi Surface Sealer; dry well, sand, and wipe dust.
Artist's Technique Terms and Tips
- 1. Undercoating or Basecoat: Solid or
semi-solid application of paint. Thin
paint with water and apply in thin
- 2. Blending: Applying two or more values of color side by side, or above and below, then blending together, resulting in a smooth transition between value changes. Hold brush handle at back and have brush at 45 degree angle to blend on flat side of
bristles, not chisel edge.
- 3. Extender Medium: Used to extend open time of paint. Extender is applied to dry surface using large clean brush dedicated to extender only. Apply small amount to surface area and brush back and forth to activate Extender. Extender can also be used in brush instead of water. Water is solvent to extender therefore causing extender to dry faster. Always apply extender to
majority of surface as extender dries
from outside in allowing more open time for blending values.
- 4. Glazing Medium or Barrier Coat: Use mix of Glazing Medium + water (1:1) to apply to entire surface between each stage of painting to protect and prevent previous layers from reactivating and lifting.
- 1. Note: Artist prefers to mix values on wax palette then transfering to wet palette in value order, see photos.
- 2. Cream Mix = Warm White + Raw Sienna (11:1); mix large amount as this color will be used for background and in all mixes.
- 3. Purple (mix Very Dark value first) Light: Medium value + Cream mix (1:1) + tch. of Naphthol Red Lt. - Medium: Dark value + Cream mix (2:1) + tch. of Naphthol Red Lt. - Dark: Very Dark value + Cream mix (3:1) + tch. of Naphthol Red Lt - Very Dark: ltramarine Blue + Naphthol Red Lt. + Raw Sienna (3:1:1) + tch. of Cream mix
- 4. Yellow (mix Medium value first) Light: Medium value + Cream mix (1:1) - Medium: Raw Sienna + Cream mix + Yellow Oxide + Diarylide Yellow (1:1:1:1) - Dark: Medium value + Diarylide Yellow + Raw Sienna (1:1:1) + tch. of Dk. Purple mix + tch. of Burnt Umber - Very Dark: Dark value + Burnt Umber (1:1) + tch. of Very Dark Purple value
- 5. Green (mix Medium value first) Light: Medium value + Cream mix (1:1) + tch. of Yellow Oxide - Medium: Ultramarine Blue + Cream mix + Yellow Oxide + Raw Sienna (1:1:1:1) - Dark: Medium value + Ultramarine Blue (1:1) - Very Dark: Dark value + Ultramarine Blue (1:1) + tch. of Very Dark Purple value
- 1. Note: Use hair dryer to force dry paint
between each stage to stop paint from lifting or reactivating.
Stage 1 - Background
- 1. Note: Background is developed in several layered applications during each stage. Notice canvas background begins very soft and evolves with each stage of painting process. Wood pieces have a textured effect applied since they are smaller.
- 2. Canvas: Apply Cream mix to entire
surface; force dry. Apply Extender to
entire surface. Reapply basecoat; while
wet, apply Raw Sienna around design
elements leaving some background areas showing; pinch-wipe brush and blend to soften. Load brush with Medium Green Value and apply to four corners; pinch-wipe brush and blend. Load brush with Medium Purple Value and apply between green and Raw Sienna; pinch-wipe brush and blend. Force dry.
- 3. Wood Surfaces: Moisten surface with Extender. Randomly apply Raw Sienna, Medium Green Value, and Medium Purple Value; while wet, lay crinkled plastic wrap over surface, press plastic onto paint, then lift plastic to reveal textured effect. If further softening is needed, use plastic to tap/press unwanted areas. Force dry. Place stencil as shown, manipulating stencil to fit around curved top. Use dry brush technique, #10 or #12 dome blender, and mix of Dark Purple Value + tch. of Raw
Sienna to tap paint over stencil. (Note:
Stenciling should not be too dark or
too heavy, more can be added later if
- 4. Print out patterns; transfer basic pattern lines. (Transfer details as needed.) Basecoat as follows: eggplant and purple flower, Medium Purple Value; green zucchini, leaf and stems, Medium Green Value; yellow zucchini and flower, Medium Yellow Value. Force dry. Apply thinned Glazing Medium as noted in Artist's Technique Terms and Tips.
Stage 2 - Light Values on all Objects
- 1. Note: Light source is at upper right
of design. Use filbert brushes in this
stage to apply paint, then blend to
disburse color; pinch-wipe brush if
too much paint is on surface and
re-blend. Use a variety of mop brushes and dome blenders to soften transition lines between values, softly taping or patting brushes.
- 2. Refer to Artist's Technique Terms and Tips to moisten surface with thin application of Extender, brushing back
and forth to activate and disperse evenly; if Extender starts to dry prior
to finishing each stage, remoisten.
Use Extender to moisten brush, not
- 3. Eggplant: Use #10 filbert to apply
Light Purple Value as shown and blend.
- 4. Zucchinis: Use #10 filbert to apply
Light Green Value for green zucchini
and Light Yellow Value for yellow
zucchini; apply with tip of brush,
blending as you go. (Note: Streaks are
desirable and will help to create raised
edges on these vegetables.)
- 5. Leaf and Stems: Use #8 filbert to apply Light Green Value on leaf edges as shown. Soften transition areas with small mop brush. Side-load brush with same light value and apply along right side of stems.
- 6. Flowers: Use Light Purple Value for purple flower and Light Yellow Value for yellow flowers; apply paint to center of each petal using tip of brush, blending as you go, and leaving streaks for interest. Separate overlapping petals with light values.
- 7. Force dry. Apply thinned Glazing
Medium as noted in Artist's Technique
Terms and Tips.
Stage 3 - Dark Values on all Objects
- 1. Dark values are applied in same manner as light values; moisten surface first with Extender. Moisten brush with Extender.
- 2. Eggplant: Use #10 filbert to apply Dark Purple Value along left and lower left side.
- 3. Purple Flower: Use #6 filbert to apply
Dark Purple Value in center of flower,
then use tip of brush to pull dark
through center of each petal.
- 4. Zucchinis: Use #10 filbert to apply
Dark Green Value or Dark Yellow Value
for appropriate zucchini; blend along
left side, bottom, slightly up lower
right side, and at top where zucchini
is connected to stem. (Notice dark
steaks in upper center of paper towel
holder, indicating raised areas.)
- 5. Leaf: Use #8 or #10 filbert and Dark Green Value to apply along right side where leaf is connected to stem, then stretch down center of each of leaf's three sections. Soften transition areas with mop brush. Side-load flat brush with same dark value and apply along left side of stems.
- 6. Yellow Flower: Side-load flat brush or
filbert to add Dark Yellow Value along
petal edges. Add some of this dark
value to dark side of eggplant stem.
- 7. Background Texture: Force dry surface. Moisten entire surface with Extender. Load 1/2" flat with Raw Sienna, apply here and there over previous Raw Sienna applications; while wet, lay crinkled plastic wrap on paint, press and lift. Soften with plastic where needed. In same manner, apply Medium Purple Value and Medium Green Value working one section at a time. Each application of faux background effect will add additional depth and interest to painting.
- 8. Force dry. Apply thinned Glazing Medium as noted in Artist's Technique Terms and Tips.
Stage 4 - Pyramiding Smaller Areas of
- 1. This stage will focus on continuing
to develop forms by applying smaller
areas of darker and lighter values on
each object, including stems. Start
with existing light value for each object then if a lighter value is needed
brush mix with Cream mix or another
light value (e.g.: to make a lighter
green, brush mix into light yellow.)
Lower left side of vegetables will be
where darkest values are placed.
- 2. Leaf and Flower Veins: For leaf, load
liner with Light Green Value thinned
with water; add vein lines. For yellow
flower, use Medium Green Value; notice how vein lines meet in center of flower. Force dry. Apply Extender.
- 3. Green Zucchini: Load liner with Medium Yellow Value; touch some dots and irregular spots on zucchini. While wet, use mop brush to gently brush vertically to soften, keeping spots subtle. Force dry.
- 4. Background Texture: Continue to build
background using same technique as
Stage 3, Background Texture. Apply a
slightly darker green value in corners
to frame design. (Note: Make sure
this background does not overwhelm
painting.) If more light value is desired near vegetables, add Warm White
or Cream mix here and there; refer
to photos. (Note: Wipe paint from
vegetables using clean brush and water.)
- 5. Force dry. Apply thinned Glazing
Medium as noted in Artist's Technique
Terms and Tips.
Stage 5 - Details
- 1. In this stage, colors will be carried
throughout design to help with color flow and harmony. This is accomplished through methods of accents and glazing.
- 2. Yellow Zucchini Stem: Before applying
Extender, side-load flat brush with
Dark Purple Value; apply to dark side
of stem. Each stem should be unique for separation. Force dry. Apply Extender.
- 3. Eggplant: Use mix of Naphthol Red Lt. + Ultramarine Blue (2:1) for burgundy color. Use mix to apply very thin glaze
on right half of eggplant. Use blender
mop or dome blender to remove excess glaze from light area. While wet, apply final light sparkle.
- 4. Zucchinis: Apply very scant Indian Yellow glaze to light area of green zucchini; while wet, apply brush mix of Light Yellow Value and Cream mix for final sparkle. Add same sparkle to yellow zucchini omitting Indian Yellow.
Apply Dark Purple Value accents to lower right and left side of both zucchinis; add some burgundy mix to left side of yellow zucchini. Add more
yellow splotches on green zucchini if
desired; blend to soften.
- 5. Leaf: Apply very scant Indian Yellow
glaze to light areas of leaf; while wet,
blend Light Yellow Value.
- 6. Yellow Flower: Side-load Dark Purple
Value and apply here and there along
petals edges to separate or lift an
edge. Use liner and same color to tap
in flower center. Use Cream mix to
add final light sparkles.
- 7. Purple Flower: Add smaller areas of Dark Purple Value if need in center area to separate petals, then apply Cream mix to smaller areas on petal edges to separate. Load liner with Medium Yellow Value to apply pollen
lines in center of flower.
- 8. Curly-Q's: Use liner to paint curls in
variations of green: use brush mix of Medium Green Value + Medium Yellow Value; add more yellow to some and more green to others. Force dry. Add darker values here and there on the left side and lighter values here and there on right side.
- 1. Force dry. Transfer "Verdura" to bottom of canvas; paint wording with mix of Dark Purple Value + tch. of Raw Sienna. Force dry. Apply thinned Glazing Medium as noted in Artist's Technique Terms and Tips. Apply two varnish applications on surfaces.