Rustic Gentleman's Trunk
- DecoArt Americana Acrylics:
Antique Gold Deep, Antique White, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Buttermilk, Camel, Lamp (Ebony)
Black, Light Avocado, Light Cinnamon, Plantation Pine, Silver
- Loew-Cornell La Corneille Golden
Taklon: Ultra Round, Series 7020,
- Specialty: Maxine's Oval Mop Goat
Hair, Series 270, 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”; Round Scumbler, Series 2014, #8; Duster/Stippler, Series 4, #2
- Wooden trunk (#2010-W101; lid and
bottom: 10”w x 6-1/2”d x 6-1/4”t; midsection: 9”w x 4-1/2”t x 5-1/4”d) available through Andrews
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Sealer/Finisher, Matte
- “Love to Spatter” tool
- 1. Use any brush for basecoating. Use ultra round for all washes; this brush holds a tremendous amount of paint or wash, while its point is that of a liner obtaining great detailing. Use appropriate size mop where needed and scumbler for stippling and dry brushing.
- 1. Lightly sand entire trunk; wipe dust.
Use Antique White to base two coats on top of lid and sides of box including top edges.
- 2. Use Lamp Black to paint two coats on side edges of lid, trim at base, and
bottom of trunk. Use Burnt Sienna to
paint two coats on inside of lid and
- 3. Print out patterns; transfer basic pattern lines. (Transfer details as needed.)
- 1. For graining effect; dip round scumbler into Lt. Cinnamon and work paint well into bristles. Start at outer corners and stipple toward center oval following pattern lines. Lighten touch as you work towards oval. Continue
around lid, reloading paint as needed.
- 2. Use Antique White to touch up oval if
needed. Use #12 ultra round to float Lt.
Avocado behind oval: dip ultra round
in water, blot once on paper towel and
dip point into paint; work paint back
and forth on palette so paint works its
way up into bristles. Press point against outer transfer line and press lightly as you work around oval; mop if necessary.
- 3. Use round scumbler to dry brush random Silver Sage Green clouds within oval. Lightly wash Plantation Pine on ground area; mop. Repeat as needed to build up color depth allowing paint to dry between layers to avoid lifting paint. Add a touch of Antique Gold Deep wash over Plantation Pine; mop to blend. Use
tip of #4 ultra round to wash in some
Plantation Pine trees in background
keeping them soft looking by using enough water and mopping afterwards; add a touch of Antique Gold Deep wash. Wash Burnt Umber tree trunks at right; mop to soften.
- 4. Lightly wash deer Camel; mop to blend and soften. Use Burnt Umber to shade between hind and front leg, ears, and under neck. Redefine antlers with Antique White if needed. Add a touch of Buttermilk to tips of some antlers. Float Burnt Umber behind deer including antlers. Lightly stipple Buttermilk on chest and tail. Use #4 ultra round to add a touch of Buttermilk to side of nose. Use Lamp Black to paint eye and nose. Add Buttermilk highlight dot to eye.
- 5. Use #12 ultra round to float Burnt Umber along inside edge of oval. For pine garland, use #4 ultra round to paint branches Burnt Umber; use Plantation Pine to paint pine needles.
Add some Antique Gold Deep needles
here and there. Use #12 round to float Burnt Umber along outer edges of lid top; mop to blend towards center. Follow
manufacturer's directions to spatter
mix of Lamp Black + tch. of Burnt Sienna over design on lid.
- 1. All four sides are painted in same manner. Use Silver Sage Green to dry brush random clouds. Use #12 ultra round to wash Plantation Pine onto background; mop heavily with duster/stippler. Repeat as needed to
build up color depth allowing paint to dry between layers. Deepen color towards bottom. Do the same with Lt. Avocado. When dry, wash Antique Gold Deep here and there; mop to soften. Wash Burnt Sienna and Lt. Cinnamon random patches; mop to soften. (Note: Carry color from edge to next side for continuity; mop.)
- 2. Paint all trees in same manner. Paint trunks Burnt Umber. Very lightly stipple Plantation Pine tree foliage.
Use tip of #4 ultra round to add
individual needles on edges of some
trees to fill in and shape. (Note: Trees
are a very loose design and do not
require a lot of detail.) Add a touch of
Antique Gold Deep to some trees for
contrast. Add some Burnt Sienna tree
trunks here and there. Use thinned
Burnt Umber and Plantation Pine to add grass around trees and scattered on ground.
- 3. Spatter sides in same manner as lid top.
- 1. Apply several finishing coats.