Paintbrush Meets Passion

By  Diana Putnam 

  • Paintbrush Meets Passion
  • Painting Chart
  • Closeup View


  • Liquitex Heavy Body Artist Acrylics: Brilliant Yellow Green, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Red Medium, Chromium Oxide Green, Hooker's Green Hue Permanent, Ivory Black, Medium Magenta, Raw Sienna, Titanium White, Unbleached Titanium
  • Brushes: FM Dynasty Eye of the Tiger: Angle, PB-620A, 1/4", 3/8", 1/2"; Shader, PB-610S, #2, #4, #6, #8; Short Liner, PB-630SL, #15/0, #1; Round, PB-615R, #2; Oval Mop, PB-640OM, 3/4"
  • Old metal hinged socket box (12"x5-1/2"x1") free of grease and grime OR wood box of choice
  • Krylon: Grey Primer; Indoor/Outdoor Flat Black; Crystal Clear Satin
  • "So Gentle Brush" Water Basin*
  • Brenda Harris Clear Blend Acrylic Medium
  • Darice Black Foamie Sheets, 2mm thick, two sheets: 9"x12"


  • Eclectic E-6000 Adhesive
  • Wet palette

Pattern - Paintbrush Meets Passion

  • Preparation
  • 1. Note: When using spray primers and paints they MUST be the same brand.
  • 2. Wash entire metal box thoroughly using scouring sponge if necessary. Dry thoroughly. Sand rough areas with heavy brown paper bag; wipe dust. Use soft lint-free cloth and rubbing alcohol to wipe entire box. Apply one to two coats grey primer over entire box. Use same piece of paper bag to lightly sand again; wipe dust. Apply one to two coats Flat Black over entire surface.
  • 3. Print out patterns.
  • Artist's Tips
  • 1. Soak brushes in brush basin with tepid water for approximately 5 minutes. This softens and opens bristles allowing them to accept a greater amount of color.
  • 2. To practice painting roses without pattern, lay clear protector sheet over worksheet using largest angle brush and step-by-step guide. (Note: Enlarge worksheet 200%.) If desired, use white graphite pencil to very lightly draw outline of roses and bud as "size guide".

    Painting Chart
  • 3. Use moderate pressure to paint petals, the lighter the better. When painting outside of petals, hold brush at top one-third of handle allowing more range of motion.
  • 4. Use appropriate size brush for areas unless otherwise instructed.
  • Background Foliage
  • 1. Using 3/8" or 1/2" angle brush, load toe with Hooker's Green Hue Permanent and heel with Ivory Black; slip-slap faint background foliage on lid in areas where roses will be painted. Reload as needed. Leave edges spiky and irregular. Repeat for inside box lid where single rose will be painted.
  • Holding Brush Tip
  • 1. When you are painting, the left hand corner of your brush is like a pencil and "draws" the shape; the right corner has no choice but to follow. So be sure to watch the right hand side of your brush.
  • Roses
  • 1. Transfer basic flower and leaf pattern lines if desired. Add Titanium White, Med. Magenta, Cadmium Red Med., and Raw Sienna to palette. Use palette knife to mix Med. Magenta + Cadmium Red Med. (1:1) + tch. of Titanium White for a dark pink mix. Using 3/8" or 1/2" angle brush, load toe of brush with Titanium White and heel with dark pink mix; blend well on palette. (Note: If moisture is needed, gently touch chisel edge of brush in water or clear medium and blend again.) Using worksheet as guide, begin painting petals; add a bit of Raw Sienna to heel of brush every other load to vary colors of pink. (Note: Do not clean brush between loads; if you begin to loose "doubleload" effect, wipe brush on paper towel and reload.)

    Painting Chart
  • 2. Brighten rose edges here and there using Titanium White on toe of brush and water or clear medium on heel and blending well. Shade inside bottom of rose bowl using dark pink mix on toe of brush and adding just a pinprick of Hooker's Green Hue Permanent and blending well. (Note: Turn box upside down to see if roses are evenly balanced. If not, use chisel strokes to add comma shapes here and there.)
  • 3. Use stylus and Titanium White to dot inside of bowl, petal below and above bowl. Do not reload stylus each time for a variance in dot sizes.
  • Leaves
  • 1. Use size smaller angle brush than used for roses. Load toe of brush with Brilliant Yellow Green and heel with Chromium Oxide Green to paint leaves. Pull center vein with toe of brush going up about three-fourths. Brighten some edges using Titanium White on toe of brush and water or clear medium on heel. Then add a touch of dark pink mix to toe of dirty brush to add some color to a few leaves.
  • 2. For rose bud tendrils, double-load #2 shader with Chromium Oxide Green and Brilliant Yellow Green, holding brush vertically as if it were a liner, wiggle up each side of rose, ending on tip of brush for thin end. Use 15/0 liner to add zigzag tendril hanging down from bud on each side.
  • Stylus and Paint Brush
  • 1. Use #2 shader or round brush to base handles of each tool, loading three colors at the same time: Burnt Umber, Unbleached Titanium White, and Raw Sienna. Use 1/2" angle and Burnt Umber to shade along bottom of stylus handle and where metal shaft touches wood; shade along top of brush handle and where ferrule touches wood.
  • 2. Mix Ivory Black + Titanium White for light grey mix. Use round brush to paint stylus shaft then use stylus to dot end; base brush ferrule with same mix. Use 15/0 liner and Ivory Black to add line work on ferrule; add Titanium White highlights. Use same brush and Ivory Black to paint brush name and size; use Burnt Umber to paint your name on stylus.
  • 3. Use 1/2" angle and Titanium White to highlight along top edge of stylus handle, stylus shaft, and ball tip. Highlight along bottom of brush handle and ferrule. Use round brush and dark pink mix to base brush bristles. Use 15/0 liner and Titanium White to add thin individual hairs bending bristle ends slightly for movement. Use 1/4" angle to shade dark pink mix along bottom of bristles. Load round brush with Titanium White and dark pink mix to paint droplets on ferrule and handle.
  • Ribbon
  • 1. Use 3/8" or 1/2" brush and sheer inky consistency Titanium White. Hold brush at back one-third of handle and follow curve of ribbon leaning to right, up on chisel, then leaning to left, up on chisel, and repeating to end of ribbon. Use #6 or #8 shader and Titanium White to add back to back highlights in center of each wide section of ribbon. Use stylus to add Titanium White dots along outside edges of ribbon, reloading every third or fourth dot.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Cut foam sheets to fit inside lid and inside bottom of box. Lightly sand inside lid and inside bottom of box for tooth. Glue foam pieces in place. Let dry. Follow rose and leaf directions to add single rose to inside lid and bottom outside of box if desired.
  • 2. Spray entire box, omitting inside, with Crystal Clear Satin.