Door Banner Series: Garden


  • Roc-Lon Fabric, 12-1/2”x21-1/2”
  • Wooden dowel, 3/4” diameter, 14” length
  • Wooden dowel caps, 1-1/4”, two
  • Jute twine, 1 yd.


  • Sewing machine and white thread
  • Block alphabet stencil, 1-1/2”
  • Loew-Cornell La Corneille Golden Taklon Paintbrushes: Series 7550 Wash 3/4”; Series 7300 Angular Shader 1/2”; Series 247 Crescent 3/8”; Series 7050 Script, 10/0, #1; Series 700 #2; Series 410 Deerfoot 1/8”; Series 7100 Stroke 1/8”; Series 7500 Filbert #6; Series 270 Maxine’s Magic Mop 1/2”
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Antique Rose, Avocado Dip, Bleached Sand, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Gingerbread, Graphite, Khaki Tan, Lamp Black, Lemonade, Melon, Moon Yellow, Plantation Pine, Raw Sienna
  • Small sea sponge
  • DecoArt Americana Duraclear Matte Varnish

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, masking tape, stylus, paper towels, container of water, tracing paper, graphite paper, newspaper (to cover work surface), copy paper, iron and pressing surface



  • 1. Unless specific brush is noted in instructions, use best brush available to fit area painting. When floating colors for shading or highlighting, use mop brush to soften floats.


  • 1. Measure and cut 12-1/2”x21-1/2” fabric rectangle. Position rectangle with wrong side facing up on work surface. Fold back fabric on top and bottom edges 1/2” to center; press. Fold top edge again 1-1/2”; press. (Note: This top edge will form casing for dowel to run through.) Use sewing machine and white thread to stitch along folded top and bottom edges.
  • 2. Print out patterns. Trace patterns onto tracing paper.
  • 3. Basecoat both sides of fabric rectangle with two coats of Bleached Sand. Let dry.
  • 4. Measure 9” from top and mark. Measure another 1” down and mark. Measure 3-1/2” down again and mark, leaving 4” area at bottom. On top 9” section, measure from left side over and mark at 9”, making 9” square at top with 3-1/2”x9” rectangle next to square.
  • 5. On 1” section, measure down 1/2” and draw light pencil line for checks. Paint Lamp Black checks using #6 shader. Let dry.
  • 6. Basecoat 9” square Blue Mist and bottom 4” section Avocado Dip. Let dry. Lightly sponge Plantation Pine on Avocado Dip section for soft mottled effect. Let dry.
  • 7. Use graphite paper to trace main pattern elements onto backgrounds.
  • 8. Basecoat fence Bleached Sand, hat Moon Yellow, hat band Melon, watering can Avocado Dip, shovel handle Raw Sienna, and shovel Graphite. Let dry. Basecoat toppling flower pots Gingerbread. Let dry.
  • 9. Shade fence Khaki Tan, highlighting where boards overlap with Burnt Umber. Add detail lines with Burnt Umber; use end of stylus to dot nails Lamp Black. Let dry.
  • 10. Shade hat Raw Sienna and highlight Bleached Sand. Dot hat band Bleached Sand and shade Antique Rose.
  • 11. Shade watering can on both sides and along bottom with sideload of Plantation Pine. Drybrush highlight down center of can Lemonade using crescent.
  • 12. Shade shovel handle along right side Burnt Umber. Shade shovel on either side of “v” Lamp Black. Drybrush shovel Blue Mist to highlight.
  • 13. Shade ground areas with sideload of Burnt Umber. Add squiggly Plantation Pine lines to suggest weeds in dirt.
  • 14. Shade toppling flower pots on both sides and under rims Burnt Sienna. Tap greenery into pots Plantation Pine using deerfoot stippler; highlight Avocado Dip. Let dry. Tap in flowers Melon and Moon Yellow. Shade grassy area under pots Avocado Dip; shade again Plantation Pine. Add blades of grass around bottom pot Plantation Pine and Avocado Dip using liner.
  • 15. Stencil “WELCOME” using alphabet stencil Blue Mist. Let dry. Remove stencil. Line letters Lamp Black using 10/0 script liner. Add thin Lamp Black lines to left side and bottom of each letter. Line bottom of section Lamp Black.
  • 16. Paint “to the Garden” lettering Lamp Black using 1/8” stroke brush. Thin paint to ink consistency to work lettering. Let dry.
  • 17. Add squiggly double lines to separate sections using thinned Lamp Black and 10/0 script liner. Let dry. Outline design elements Lamp Black. Let dry.
  • 18. Paint wooden dowel Avocado Dip and dowel caps Melon. Let dry. Use end of paintbrush to dot dowel caps and 10/0 script liner to line dowel caps Bleached Sand. Let dry.
  • 19. Apply varnish on dowel, dowel caps, and banner. Let dry. Insert dowel into pocket and attach dowel caps to either end. Attach jute twine onto ends of dowel to hang.


  • 1. Instead of using a stroke brush in Step 16, transfer wording onto banner and use round brush to fill in letters.
by Vera Collier