Picnic Time

By  Kern  for  Kern's Kreations

Nothing says summer more than ants invading a picnic. Paint this darling basket to add fun to your summer outing.

  • Picnic Time
  • Inside of Basket
  • Inside of Lid


  • Pesky Bear Picnic Basket (17-1/2”x12-3/4”x8-1/2”)
  • Delta Ceramcoat: White, Black, Rain Grey, Charcoal, Custard, Opaque Yellow, Empire Gold, Spice Tan, Leaf Green, Dark Forest, Black Green, Spring Green, Hunter Green, Opaque Red, Mendocino Red, Candy Bar, Mediterranean, Pthalo Blue, Blue Velvet


  • Robert Simmons Expression Brushes: Shader, #4, #6, #10, #12, #20; Dagger Striper, 1/4”; Liner, 2/0; Oval Mop, 1/2”. Old scruffy round brush and spatter brush
  • Delta: Gesso, Exterior/Interior Varnish
  • Sandpaper: #150, #400 wet/dry

Basic Supplies

  • tack cloth, tracing and transfer paper, stylus

Pattern - Picnic Time

  • Preparation
  • 1. Gesso inside and outside bottoms and both sides of lid. Base bands (inside and out) and handles Mediterranean (4:1). Let dry. Base inside and outside sides Opaque Red (4:1). Let dry. Dry, sand, and tack. Base lid Custard, and bottoms with Mediterranean. (Note: When referring to bottoms, it means both inside and outside of bottom.) Print pattern and transfer design.
  • 2. Base border of both inside and outside lid with Mediterranean. Use brush you are most comfortable with for basing or shading (the larger the better). Load #20 shader with Opaque Yellow and float all around inside edge of border on top of lid. When dry, use #10 shader and float same area with Spice Tan. On underside of lid, spatter inset first with Opaque Yellow and then with Spice Tan.

    Inside of Basket
  • Note
  • 1. Check pattern for shading and highlighting placement.
  • Grapes
  • 1. Base Mendocino Red. Shade around stem ends and where one grape lays over another with a float of Candy Bar. Deepen shading with Black Green. Keep Black Green light.
  • 2. Dry brush highlighting with Opaque Red. Do not clean brush. Pick up a little Spice Tan, mix on palette, then dry brush just inside the Opaque Red area. Again, without cleaning brush, pick up a little more Spice Tan and dry brush just inside first Spice Tan highlight.
  • 3. For a final highlight, load liner brush with Empire Gold and dry brush in center of last Spice Tan highlight. Empty stems are lined with Black Green. Mix Mendocino Red with a little Black Green and fill in gap between grapes (on pattern, this is area colored in black).
  • Leaves Note
  • 1. Mix warm and cool leaves.
  • Leaves
  • 1. Warm leaves: Base Leaf Green. Apply first shade with Dark Forest. Do not forget to go down vein in center. Deepen shading where necessary with Black Green. Dry brush a little Empire Gold where indicated for a highlight.
  • 2. Cool leaves: Base Spring Green. Shade leaves with Hunter Green. Deepen shading where necessary with Black Green. Dry brush a little Spice Tan on for highlight.
  • 3. With liner loaded in thinned Black Green, pat in areas between leaves to fill in background behind leaves and grapes and pat a little along front between leaves and blueberries.
  • Blueberries
  • 1. Base Mediterranean. Shade all the way around each berry with a float of Pthalo Blue. Also, float the "star" where indicated. Refer to pattern and deepen shading where indicated Blue Velvet. Outline calyx with Pthalo Blue. Mix Mediterranean and White (2:1) and dry brush on highlight. With dirty brush pick up a little White and dry brush just inside first highlight.
  • Watermelon
  • 1. Base rind White. Apply a heavy coat of White to flesh of watermelon and then, without rinsing brush, pick up Opaque Red and "pit-pat" until you have entire area covered. Do not forget to leave rind White. Also, do not overblend. If needed, pick up more White. Continue pit-patting until you have a "textured look." Let dry. With Opaque Red, float left and right sides of flesh. "Flip-float" along bottom so rind will have a little pink color along its top edge.
  • 2. Use the #10 shader, float Spring Green along bottom edge of rind. With liner loaded in Spring Green, apply a thick line along bottom edge. When dry, thin Hunter Green with a little water and apply some wiggly stripes on Spring Green line.
  • 3. With #4 shader sideloaded in Candy Bar, place C-strokes where seeds go. When dry, base seeds Charcoal. Shade side next to C-strokes Black. Load liner with Rain Grey and pull a highlight stroke on opposite side of seed.
  • Lettering
  • 1. Base letters Opaque Red. Line plaid with White. Outline letters with Mediterranean.
  • Bugle
  • 1. Base bugle Spice Tan. Shade with thin Pthalo Blue. Dry brush Custard highlights on bell and tube.
  • Flag
  • 1. Base pole Spice Tan. Shade just above and below hands with thinned Pthalo Blue. Dry brush some Custard highlights down center of pole. Base star field Pthalo Blue and star White. The stripes are White and Opaque Red. Very thinly line top White stripe with Empire Gold.
  • Ants
  • 1. Base head and body Rain Grey. Use #10 shader and float Charcoal all around head, mid-section except where it attaches to head, and around bottom section except where it attaches to mid-section. When dry, use #6 shader and float Black in same areas. Do not clean brush. Pick up a little Opaque Red and dry brush just inside body areas and add cheeks.
  • 2. Dot noses with Opaque Red and White (2:1). Mix a little White into mixture and with liner, apply a tiny highlight stroke near top edge of each cheek.
  • 3. Base eyes White, irises Mediterranean, and pupils with a dot of Black. Thin some White and, with just tip of liner, apply a tiny highlight dot at 10 o'clock position on pupil. Line mouths and expression marks around eyes with thinned Black.
  • 4. Base legs and feet Charcoal. Underline bottom side (or right side of legs) with thinned Black. Highlight top of each foot with Rain Grey. Line the legs along the left side (or top) where legs lay on body, to separate the leg from the body. Antennae are lined and dotted with Black.
  • Ant on the Underside of the Lid
  • 1. Paint the ant same way as mentioned previously. Base napkin White. Folds in napkin are done with a sideloaded #4 shader and Mediterranean. Outline napkin with Mediterranean. Pull some short lines in knot ends next to neck. Base tablecloth Opaque Red. Stripe cloth with White. Base plasticware Mediterranean and outline with Pthalo Blue. Pull some thin highlight lines with White.

    Inside of Lid
  • Border and Inside Bottom
  • 1. Use end of brush dipped in Custard and place dots. Use dagger striper loaded in Pthalo Blue and outline the inside edge of border.
  • Finishing
  • 1. When basket is completely dry, apply 2-3 coats of varnish to both sides of the lid and to both the inside and outside bottoms. Use desired sheen level. Sand between coats with #400 wet/dry sandpaper.