Chilling Halloween Serving Set

By  Vera Collier 

  • Chilling Halloween Serving Set
  • Closeup View of Spider & Web


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Avocado Dip, Black Plum, Burnt Orange, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Red, Canyon Orange, Cool Neutral, Graphite, Honey Brown, Lamp (Ebony) Black, Light Buttermilk, Neutral Grey, Oxblood, Pansy Lavender, Plum, Tangerine, True Ochre
  • Brushes: Loew-Cornell: La Corneille Golden Taklon: Wash/Glaze, Series 7550, 3/4"; Angular Shader, Series 7400, 1/2"; Script Liner, Series 7050, #10/0, #1; Shader, Series 7300, #4, #10; Filbert, Series 7500, #4; Specialty: Maxine's Oval Mop Goat Hair, Series 270, 1/2"; Crescent Golden Taklon & Bristle, Series 247, 1/4"
  • Old scruffy brush, 1/8" or 1/4"
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Sealer/ Finisher, Matte; DuraClear Varnish, Matte
  • Liquid Shadow available through Kerry Trout
  • Clapham's Beeswax Salad Bowl Finish, 2 oz.
  • Scalloped Rim Plate Stand (WPSCS12, 12") and Wooden Bowl (HBM6-1, 6") from Hofcraft


  • Black micron pigma pen, .05
  • Optional: chalk pencil

Pattern - Chilling Halloween Serving Set

  • Preparation
  • 1. Sand, seal, and sand, top and bottom of plate, pedestal, and bowl.
  • 2. Base top of plate Burnt Orange and bottom with two coats Oxblood, sanding between coats. Moisten sea sponge and sponge top of plate Canyon Orange, then very sparingly with True Ochre. (Note: Only a little yellow should be seen here and there; predominant colors should be two oranges.) Repeat as needed until you are pleased with result. Base plate edge Lt. Buttermilk. Use #4 shader to add Lamp Black checks. Use angular to shade Burnt Umber along bottom of entire plate edge.
  • 3. For spiderweb, use 12" ruler and pencil to draw lines across plate from point of one edge to opposite edge point. Use #1 script liner and thinned Lamp Black to paint lines; add connecting threads from line to line. (Optional: Use chalk pencil to draw connecting threads first.)
  • 4. Basecoat base of plate with two coats Pansy Lavender. Sponge first with Plum and then Black Plum. Use 10/0 liner and thinned Avocado Dip to add swirl lines. Randomly dot Lamp Black between swirls. Base stem Lamp Black; use handle end of brush to add Lt. Buttermilk dots in even pattern around stem.
  • 5. Base inside of bowl Lamp Black and outside Black Plum. Sponge outside Oxblood, then alternate sponging between Black Plum and Oxblood for desired affect. Base rim Lt. Buttermilk. Use #10 shader to add Lamp Black checks. Use angular to shade Burnt Umber along outer side of entire edge.
  • 6. Print out patterns; transfer basic pattern lines. (Transfer details as needed.)
  • Spider on Plate
  • 1. Base Graphite. Use 1/8" or 1/4" scruffy brush to stipple Lamp Black lines across mid-section of body. Use angular brush and Lamp Black to shade entire spider. Dry brush Neutral Grey highlight down center of entire body; brighten with Cool Neutral. Dot eyes Cadmium Red; add tiny Lt. Buttermilk highlight dots. Use 10/0 script liner and Lamp Black to line teeth, fangs, and legs. Use same brush and thinned Cool Neutral to highlight along bottom one side of legs. Use Liquid Shadow to add cast shadow along left side of body and to add leg cast shadows.
  • Jack-O-Lantern in Bowl
  • 1. Base pumpkin Canyon Orange for opaque coverage. Use 1/2" angular and Burnt Sienna to shade segments. Use crescent brush and very little Tangerine to highlight middle segment; float highlight along outer edges of pumpkin. Base stem Honey Brown; shade Burnt Umber. Use micron pen to add detailing lines. Use 10/0 script liner and Honey Brown to paint curly vines. For leaves, double-load filbert with Avocado Dip and Burnt Sienna; one stroke each leaf.
  • 2. Base eyes, nose, and mouth Lamp Black. Use #1 script liner and True Ochre to line right sides of eyes and nose, and top and right side of mouth. Use Lt. Buttermilk to dot peering eyes in eye and mouth openings; add tiny Lamp Black pupils.
  • 3. Use 10/0 script liner and thinned Lt. Buttermilk to paint cobweb to left of Jack-O-Lantern.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Apply several varnish coats to underside of plate and bowl, and to plate stem. Let dry. Follow manufacturer's directions to apply Beeswax Salad Bowl Finish to top of plate and inside of bowl. (Note: Beeswax Salad Bowl Finish is food safe; ingredients are Mineral Oil (u.s.p.), Beeswax, Micro-Crystalline Wax, and Carnauba Wax. Can be used over painted projects to make them food safe.)