Country Rooster Jar

By  Sue Beckerton 

size: 7" tall

  • Country Rooster Jar


  • Glass quart canning jar with lid
  • Jansen Art Traditions Paints (DecoArt): Brown Madder; Burnt Umber; Carbon Black; English Red Oxide; Light Grey; Medium Beige; Medium Red Rose; Phthalo Green-Blue; Prussian Blue Hue; Quinacridone Gold; Sapphire Blue; Yellow Oxide
  • Satin Varnish (DecoArt)
  • Glazing medium
  • Flat white spray paint or primer (Tremclad)


  • Black Gold Brushes (Dynasty): Shaders, Series 206S, #8; Chisel Blender, Series 206CB, #8; Script Liner, Series 206SL, 20/0, 10/0; Filbert, Series 206FIL, #6; Oval Wash, Series 206WO, 3/4”; Decorator Mini Mop, Series 400, 1/4”; Micron Detailer, 10/0, extra-long 15/0; Mongolian Sable Round, #2
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Wet palette
  • Fine sanding sponges
  • Graphite
  • Stylus
  • Tracing paper (Canson)
  • Painter’s tape

Pattern - Country Rooster Jar

  • Notes
  • 1. Periodically seal with glazing medium while working and upon completing a step. This seals and protects paint from lifting if you need to wipe or wash away any mistakes.
  • 2. All dry brushing is done using decorator or chisel blender, wiping most of it off on a dry paper towel, and gently rubbing area until desired look is achieved.
  • 3. Use #10, #14 or 3/4" flat, often dressed with a touch of glazing medium to do most of floats, and soften all floats by gently pouncing mop brush over water's edge, and work like this, until it is almost dry.
  • 4. All line work is done using either 10/0 or 18/0, and always thin paint to ink consistency and fully load liner. Always "blot" off the tip on paper towel to remove the bulk of it. This helps to "sharpen" tip to a nice pointed end.
  • 5. For raking, fully load sable round with thinned paint. Gently hold brush straight up, and twist handle slightly to make bristles open up like a fan. Lean brush forward and hold in place for several seconds to encourage brush to hold its shape. Then, flip brush off of the palette. Turn brush around so that the curve cups upwards. Gently begin to rake, using little pressure as you work, in order to maintain the ‘cup' shape on the sable. As you work, the brush will compress slightly, and sometimes works best this way. Reload each time in the same way.
  • 6. For tints, load 3/4" flat with color as if to float, blending on palette so that it is well loaded for a float. Tap in wishy-washy movements, in soft "C" strokes, wiggles, and squiggles, always keeping water side of brush on outside of tint area. Also, make sure that you keep water side of brush clean and clear of paint. Keep shapes interesting by moving around in different shapes. Try and avoid a repetitive pattern. Use mop to soften edges of tints, working mostly in the water area, and not so much in the paint. Immediately wipe mops dry on paper towel. Take some time to practice.
  • 7. To spatter, load fan brush with thinned paint, holding brush approximately 8" away, leaning it downwards towards the surface, gently tap handle using another brush, or palette knife, and specks fly all over.
  • Mixes
  • 1. Blue Black Mix: Prussian Blue + Carbon Black (1:1)
  • 2. Light Red Mix: Medium Red Rose + Brown Madder (1:1)
  • 3. Dark Red Mix: Brown Madder + Burnt Umber (1:1)
  • 4. Light Pink Mix: Medium Red Rose + Titanium White (1:1)
  • 5. Medium Grey Mix: Carbon Black + light Grey (1:1)
  • 6. Dark Grey Mix: Carbon Black + Light Grey (2:1)
  • 7. Light Beige: Medium Beige + Titanium White (1:1)
  • 8. Light Orange Mix: English Red Oxide + Yellow Oxide (1:1)
  • 9. Dark Brown Mix: Carbon Black + Burnt Umber (1:1)
  • Preparation
  • 1. Wash jar with soap and water, and dry thoroughly. Mask off painting area at the seams, top and bottom. Close off lid and cover back side with newspaper to protect form over-spay. Wash painting area with rubbing alcohol; let dry. Spray paint even coat of flat paint, and let cure overnight.
  • 2. Basecoat entire painting area Medium Beige. Apply a second coat, while wet, slip slap Burnt Umber at bottom and work your way up, using 3/4" oval wash. Add a bit extra mix of Burnt Umber + Carbon Black and slip slap under rooster to create a shadow. Pick up a bit of Sapphire Blue and work that into the top and meld together slightly with the brown. Pick up a bit of White and lighten very top of jar, mixing that into the wet Sapphire. Trace and cut out pattern. Transfer rooster to jar.
  • Rooster
  • 1. Basecoat face, waddle and comb (A) with Light Red, section B Yellow Oxide and over-coat with Quinacridone Gold, section C Med. Beige, section D Blue Black and section E Dark Red. Basecoat beak with a brush mix of Light Grey and Carbon Black (1:1), and feet with Light Grey.
  • 2. Eye: Basecoat eye Burnt Umber and pupil Carbon Black. Add a Yellow Oxide comma stroke at base. Add a dot of highlight at 12 and 6 o'clock with Light Grey.
  • 3. Comb and waddle: Add small markings or details around eye with Dark Red. In between these, add highlights with Light Pink. All face details are done using 10/0 Detailer and the waddle and comb are floated. Float highlight on beak with Light Grey.
  • 4. Feet: Float a narrow shade along each side of legs and feet with Medium Grey. Add all the little lines or details with Dark Grey. Highlight with Titanium White. Add claws in Carbon Black.
  • 5. Breast area (Section C): Rake under section B (breast area) with Light Beige, and once again with Light Orange. Rake in down feathers with Burnt Umber towards left side of body, fading out as you get higher. Add all bold dark markings with Dark Brown, using sable a bit tighter for this part. Add center veins in these dark markings with Dark Grey, and on breast section, Light Grey.
  • 6. Neck and back tail (Section B): All details are done using sable, as a "round" brush, rather then a rake, as these feathers are bold. Also, all colors are brush mixed. Place Quinacridone Gold, Yellow Oxide, English Red Oxide and Titanium White all next to each other and created the feathers dipping in each one as needed. The tuft on his tail is also done at the same time. Start pulling in the long feathers along the neck with a mix of Quinacridone Gold + Yellow Oxide (1:1). Brighten this mix with ATO White. Keep stroking and building colors until desired effect is achieved. Take note that the brighter you get, the less you use. Shade under waddle with a brush mix of English Red Oxide and Brunt Umber, by pulling downwards with the brush, creating feather-like texture. The tuft on his tail is done using the same mixes, only use much shorter, thinner and delicate strokes.
  • 7. Upper Wing (Section E): Rake in highlights with Light Pink, and once again, with ATO White.
  • 8. Lower Wing and Tail (Section D): Dry brush soft down feathers on tail, where they attach to tuft with White. Rake in rich, vibrant highlights with Phthalo Green-Blue and ATO White. Brighten once more, only with shorter strokes with more White.
  • Straw
  • 1. Stroke on the straw, hitting feet so that it looks nestled in a bit, with Yellow Oxide, and a mix with English Red Oxide.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Apply 2 to 3 coats of varnish.