Cucina Italiano Tuscan Mirrors

By  Tracy Moreau 

  • Cucina Italiano Tuscan Mirrors


  • Wood framed mirrors (10”x10” with 4” square mirrors, three) available through IKEA
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Antique Green, Asphaltum, Black Plum, Buttermilk, Country Red, Plantation Pine, Raw Sienna, Snow (Titanium) White, Soft Black, Warm White
  • FM Dynasty brushes: Single Blender, #6, #8; Black Gold, Series 206: Angular, 3/4”; Round, #6; Liner, #10/0


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Multi-Purpose Sealer; Paintable Texture Crackle
  • Fibre Glass Screen (the kind that’s on your windows), 12” square, three
  • Krylon Gold Leaf Pen
  • Drywall taping knife, found at your local hardware store

Pattern - Cucina Italiano Tuscan Mirrors

  • Preparation
  • 1. Apply two coats sealer on frames, sanding lightly between coats; wipe dust. Apply thin even coat Texture Crackle onto top of frame; immediately place screen over wet texture crackle. Use taping knife to firmly press screen onto frame. (Note: If you're doing it right, you will be scraping excess texture crackle off and forcing screen down onto remaining texture crackle.) Once texture crackle appears even, let set a few minutes; do not let texture crackle dry. Gently peel screen from frame. Set frame aside and allow to dry thoroughly. Repeat procedure for remaining frames. (Optional: Wash screen between procedures; be sure to dry thoroughly.) Lightly sand texture crackle; wipe dust. Base frames with mix of Buttermilk + tch. of sealer; let dry and repeat.
  • 2. For background color, slip-slap thin wash Raw Sienna over entire frame; let dry. Repeat if desired. Use gold pen to outline outer frame edges and along mirrored edge; let dry. Float Asphaltum, over gold outlining along outer frame edges and mirrored frame edges.
  • 3. Print out patterns; transfer basic pattern lines onto frames. (Transfer detailing as needed.)
  • Artist's Tips
  • 1. Simplicity is the signature of great cooking, it is also the mark of a terrific faux finish. The interesting thing about this texture technique is that it takes paint in a variety of ways depending how it is applied. The use of traditional painting technique will garner very subtle results with little or no texture showing. The technique used for these designs is a dry brush technique that uses the new single blender brush from Dynasty. Take your time and have fun, don't over think, and just relax. Don't expect crisp edges and precise details-you won't get them! The appeal of the end result is the soft loose look.
  • 2. Loading Brush: Pick up color on tip of brush, then in circular motion
  • 3. Rub excess paint off onto shop towel until brush is almost dry. Apply color to surface by rubbing brush in a circular motion, keeping point of brush to outside edge of image. Reload as needed. If too much paint is in brush the color will be too opaque, be sure to keep brush quite dry, you can always add more if needed. Work in stages to build up color.
  • Peppers
  • 1. Dry brush Country Red basecoat on large and small pepper; shade with dry brushes of Soft Black and dry brush Warm White highlights. Dry brush Snow White final highlights. Dry brush green peppers Antique Green; dry brush shading Plantation Pine and dry brush highlights with Warm White and Snow White for final highlight. Dry brush purple peppers Black Plum; dry brush shading Soft Black and dry brush highlights with Warm White and Snow White for final highlights.
  • Garlic
  • 1. Dry brush Buttermilk basecoat on each bulb and clove. Dry brush shading on bulbs with small amount of Black Plum in smaller areas and make softer shadows with light dry brushes of Asphaltum. Dry brush Warm White highlights and brighten with Snow White. Paint stem area Raw Sienna. Dry brush shading on cloves with
  • 2. Asphaltum; add small highlights of Warm White and Snow White.
  • Olives
  • 1. Dry brush Black Plum basecoat; dry brush shading Soft Black and dry brush highlights with Warm White and Snow White for final highlight.
  • Stems and Leaves
  • 1. Wash stems and leaves with Antique Green; shade with wash of Plantation Pine. Dry brush highlights with Warm White and Snow White for final highlights.
  • Lettering
  • 1. Wash Asphaltum. Shade with dry brush of Soft Black and highlight with dry brush of Warm White and Snow White for final highlights. Use round brush to paint Buttermilk back shadows along right side of each letter; shade Raw Sienna behind letters.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Use liner and Antique Green to add little vines and tendrils. Deepen vegetable shadows with floats of Asphaltum. Use ruler and gold pen to draw a band 1-1/4" from outer frame edges.