Life's Recipe Table Runner

By  Lynne Deptula 

  • Life's Recipe Table Runner
  • Painting Chart


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Avocado, Bleached Sand, Blue Haze, Burnt Umber, Charcoal Grey, Colonial Green, Deser t Sand, Driftwood, Electric Pink, Evergreen, Graphite, Milk Chocolate, Napa Red, Payne’s Grey, Raw Sienna, Sable Brown, Sand, Sapphire, Slate Grey, Snow (Titanium) White, Soft Blue, Tomato Red, True Red, Uniform Blue
  • Brushes: Loew-Cornell La Corneille Golden Taklon: Round, Series 7000, #3, #6; Shader, Series 7300, #4, #8, #10, #12; Wash/Glaze, Series 7550, 3/4”, 1”; Jackie Shaw Liner, Series JS, #1
  • Foam Brush, Series 755, 2”
  • DecoArt DuraClear Varnish, Satin
  • Pre-primed floor cloth (2’x3’) from Art Essentials

Pattern - Life's Recipe Table Runner

  • Preparation
  • 1. Cut floor cloth to measure 15"x32". Use foam brush to base runner Bleached Sand. Measure 2"-wide border around runner and base Desert Sand. Measure 1/2"-wide border within Desert Sand border and base Blue Haze. Use liner and thinned Tomato Red to paint dashed stitch lines along each edge of blue border.
  • 2. Print out pattern. Transfer lettering onto Desert Sand border; use liner and thinned Bleached Sand to paint letters.
  • 3. For table top or shelf, measure 1" from top edge of bottom blue border. Use 1" wash/glaze and sheer Burnt Umber to float horizontally. Let dry. Transfer basic details. Use Burnt Umber to shade under elements; deepen with second Burnt Umber float. Use Bleached Sand to float a little "flour" under sifter.
  • 4. Use 3/4" wash/glaze to softly shade Sable Brown behind all design elements.
  • Painting Instructions
  • 1. Refer to Painting Chart.

    Painting Chart
  • Stack of Bowls
  • 1. Rooster Bowl: Base Bleached Sand. (Note: You will not have to base bowl if original basecoating has crisp edges.) Use 3/4" wash/glaze and Snow White to add back-to-back highlight in middle of bowl and rim. Shade Driftwood along outer curves of bowl and rim, breaking the shading line to define lower edge of bowl rim. Use Tomato Red and #4 shader or liner to paint checks; line details. Highlight Snow White and deepen shaded areas with soft Charcoal Grey. Tidy up middle of rim with top and bottom lines of Snow White.
  • 2. Aqua Bowl: Use 3/4" wash/glaze to base Soft Blue; highlight rim with back-to-back Snow White float and shade outer edges of rim and under rim soft Blue Haze. Add thin Snow White vertical detail lines to rim. Reinforce shaded areas with soft Graphite float.
  • 3. Yellow Bowl: Use 3/4" wash/glaze to base Sand; highlight middle of rim with back-to-back Snow White float and shade outer edges of rim, bowl, and under rim Raw Sienna. Use #3 round to paint thick horizontal Sapphire stripe through rim. Reinforce highlight area with an additional back-to-back Snow White float and reinforce shaded areas with sheer Burnt Umber float.
  • All Cherries
  • 1. Use #8 shader to base one sheer layer Tomato Red. (Note: For cherries overlapping table, undercoat with Bleached Sand.) Use #12 shader and Napa Red to separate and define berries; use strong Electric Pink to highlight opposite side of some and top curves of others to bring forward in bowl. (Note: Cherries may appear a little bright and chalky at this stage.) Use #8 shader and thinned True Red to glaze cherries. Use mix of Electric Pink + tch. of Snow White to highlight dot or dash each cherry. Use mix of Napa Red + tch. of Payne's Grey to deepen shading between cherries in bowl and as needed on other cherries.
  • 2. Paint stems and stem hollows Burnt Umber. Double load #10 shader with Avocado and Evergreen to stroke leaves.
  • Pie Pan
  • 1. Use 3/4" wash/glaze to base pie pan Uniform Blue. Use Sapphire to float vertical back-to-back highlight down center of pan and shade Payne's Grey along outer edges. Dampen pie pan with clean water and immediately swirl heavy Snow White linework allowing it to bleed and soften into surface. Reinforce Payne's Grey shaded areas and along bottom edge of pan. Use Snow White to highlight top middle edge of pan.
  • Pie Crust
  • 1. Use #12 shader and loose brush mix of Sable Brown and Sand to choppily base crust (refer to worksheet). Base pie crust slits with sheer Napa Red; shade Burnt Umber along lower curved edges and use Bleached Sand to outline top cut edges. Shade Milk Chocolate along lower edge of crust and under pie slits; deepen with Burnt Umber as needed. Use Sand to highlight outside edges of crust here and there. Float steam hole with Burnt Umber. For steam, use #4 shader and sheer Driftwood. Use #6 round and Sable Brown to paint ruffled crust; highlight Sand along top edge.
  • Flour Jar
  • 1. Use 3/4" wash/glaze and Snow White to base "flour" inside jar, making sure top edge is well defined (refer to worksheet). Use sheer Colonial Green to base glass area; float wide Snow White highlight along outer edges. Use Snow White to float back-to-back highlight to left center of jar. Use Blue Haze to shade under lid and along bottom of jar; reinforce highlights with Snow White and add detailed highlight linework.
  • 2. For lid, base Slate Grey; use Graphite to shade outer edges of lid and inner curves of handle and use Snow White to highlight lower edge of lid and top curves of handle. Shade neck of lid with Graphite linework; highlight middle with Snow White linework. For raffia, use liner and Uniform Blue; shade Payne's Grey and highlight with mix of Sapphire + tch. of Snow White.
  • 3. Use mix of Blue Haze + tch. of Payne's Grey to shade jar behind colander.
  • Colander
  • 1. Use 3/4" wash/glaze to base Snow White; shade Slate Grey under rim, under bowl, and next to cloth. Use #3 round to base holes with sheer Graphite; shade lower left edge of each hole Graphite. Use #4 shader and to softly float Graphite behind lower left side of each hole. Use Graphite to reinforce shaded areas of colander. Use Tomato Red to base rims and handles; shade Napa Red and deepen with mix of Napa Red + tch. of Payne's Grey. Highlight red areas Electric Pink. (Note: Wash back with sheer True Red if highlights are too strong.)
  • 2. For cloth, use #12 shader to base Sand; shade Raw Sienna to separate cloth sections. Use Snow White to highlight outer edges and fold. Add True Red linework. Reinforce shaded areas behind fold with soft Milk Chocolate float.
  • Rolling Pin
  • 1. Use 3/4" wash/glaze to wash Milk Chocolate. Shade Milk Chocolate to define sections; deepen as needed with Burnt Umber. Add thin Burnt Umber wood grain lines. Highlight front curve Desert Sand and add Sand outline line.
  • 2. Use #8 shader to base handle Uniform Blue; shade Payne's Grey along lower edge. Highlight Sapphire along top and strengthen with mix of Sapphire + tch. of Snow White. Use liner and thinned Snow White to paint highlight lines.
  • Sifter
  • 1. Use 3/4" wash/glaze to base Soft Blue; shade Blue Haze along outer edges and inside, and highlight middle with back-to-back Snow White float. Use #4 shader and Snow White to paint petals; dab center Milk Chocolate. Use #12 shader to stroke leaves with brush mix of Avocado and Evergreen. Use same mix to line tendrils. Reinforce shaded areas with soft Graphite. Reinforce middle highlight again with back-to-back Snow White float. Use liner to line rims Slate Grey; shade with top lines of Graphite and highlight with top lines of Snow White.
  • 2. Paint handle and ball in same colors as "Cherries" and paint hinges in same colors as "Flour Jar" lid.
  • Setback Shading
  • 1. Use 3/4" wash/glaze to deepen shading behind elements with mix of Milk Chocolate + tch. of Burnt Umber; softly shade between design elements and in "v" areas to create depth between elements.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Apply two varnish coats to front and back of runner allowing varnish to cure 24 hours between coats.
  • Tip
  • 1. Adjust the size of the design to make a matching floor cloth.