Gardenscape Wall Tapestry Hanging

By  Linda Hollander 

  • Gardenscape Wall Tapestry Hanging
  • Painting Steps


  • Roc-Lon Multi-Purpose Cloth, 3/4 yd. available at JoAnn Fabric stores (Note: This is not light weight drapery lining fabric, but rather a heavier, pre-primed cloth paintable on both sides.)
  • Plaid: FolkArt High Definition Acrylics: Autumn Leaves, Baby Blue, Burnt Umber, Butter Pecan, Forest Moss, Fresh Foliage, Licorice, Lt. Periwinkle, Magenta, Olive Green, Payne's Grey, Pure Orange, Raw Sienna, Red Violet, School Bus Yellow, Sunflower, Thicket, Ultramarine Blue, Wicker White, Yellow Citron, Yellow Light; FolkArt Acrylics: Barn Wood, Clay Bisque; FolkArt Artist's Pigments: Asphaltum
  • Royal & Langnickel brushes: Golden Taklon: Shader, Series R150, #4, #8, #12; Filbert, R170, #6; Pointed Round, Series R250, #1, #3; Script Liner, Series R585, #2; Monogram Liner, Series R595, #10/0; Glaze Wash, Series R700, 1"; Decorative Art Brushes: Oval Mop, Series 900, 3/4"; Deerfoot Stippler, Series 393, 1/4", 3/8";
  • Natural Hair: Bristle, Series 825, #4
  • Chip brush, 2"


  • Plaid FolkArt: One Stroke High Definition Accessories, Background and Texture Tool Kit (#5010); High Definition Clear Medium; Artist's Varnish, Satin
  • Basic sewing supplies: sewing machine, heavy duty needle, white thread, dressmaker pins, yard stick or T-square
  • Home Inspirations Decorative Rod Set (#1000199), bronze colored with decorative finials, size 18"-24", rod diameter 1/2", two available at Jo-Ann Fabric stores
  • Bronze Scroll (#347989), 32"x10" available at Hobby Lobby or scroll of choice

Pattern - Gardenscape Wall Tapestry Hanging

  • Preparation
  • 1. Measure and cut a 36-1/2"x22-1/2" piece from Roc-Lon fabric. (Note: If using rods larger than 1/2" diameter be sure to add length to fabric and make rod pocket larger.) For rod pockets, fold each end of fabric back 1-1/2" and pin to secure. Sew a straight stitch leaving a 1/4" edge.
  • 2. Use Barn Wood to base entire front of canvas including backside of pockets.
  • 3. Print out pattern; transfer basic pattern lines for windows, shutters, door, and ground lines. (Transfer details as needed.)
  • Artist's Tips
  • 1. High Definition paints should not be thinned with water. Use Clear Medium to thin paint as needed and to float colors. Use dirty brush and wet-into-wet techniques to blend colors unless otherwise noted. Speed drying time with blow dryer. Paint will remain sticky for a long period after initially drying. Paint dries to a satin sheen and normally does not require varnish, but since acrylics are used in shading, a light varnish will need to be applied in some areas for even sheen.
  • 2. Optional: For ease in painting for less experienced painters, reduce pattern size and fabric for a smaller work area or use smaller stretched canvas surface.
  • Stucco Wall
  • 1. Squeeze a generous amount of Butter Pecan directly onto surface to base wall area. Use blue texture tool to spread and stipple paint working one section at a time beginning at top of canvas; feather less paint behind plants and around stones. Hold palette knife nearly parallel to surface and smooth some areas. Let dry completely.

    stucco wall
  • 2. Use chip brush and slightly thin Asphaltum with water to cover stucco, one section at a time, working wet paint into cracks and crevices. Make a paper towel wad and lightly touch surface removing paint from high areas moving in a circular motion. Let dry. Load dry chip brush with small amount Clay Bisque; off load excess paint onto paper towel. Holding brush parallel to surface, dry brush stucco walls using cross-hatch motion to highlight; use photo as guide for highlight placement, leaving upper corners, and door and window frames darker.
  • 3. Use glaze wash brush to shade Asphaltum behind stone areas. Wash Asphaltum in corners and at base of wall behind flower bed; use mop brush to soften edges.
  • Window Glass
  • 1. Refer to worksheet. Use #12 shader and generous amount of Sunflower to base glass area. (Fig. 1) Pat in Wicker White. (Fig. 2) Blend in School Bus Yellow. (Fig. 3) Add shading with touches of Autumn Leaves; mop to soften as needed. Float touches of sheer Asphaltum in darkest areas.
  • Door and Window Frame
  • 1. Use shaders to apply generous amount of Forest Moss to door, door frame, window frame, and shutters. Dry. Transfer vertical boards on door and shutters. Use brush mix of Forest Moss and Wicker White to dry brush highlights on boards keeping area between boards dark. Dry. Dry brush hints of sheer Asphaltum here and there. Use shaders and brush mix of Olive Green and Asphaltum to blend shading. Use monogram liner brush and mix of Olive Green + tch. of Asphaltum to shade between boards.
  • 2. Use monogram liner and Payne's Grey to paint space between door and frame at bottom of door. Transfer cross braces. Paint in same manner as vertical boards. Add Asphaltum nails. Use shaders and brush mix of Olive Green and Asphaltum to shade above and below braces. Use pointed round brush and two thin coats Burnt Umber to paint hinges; shade Payne's Grey along bottom and highlight Raw Sienna along top edge. Add touches of Wicker White here and there. Use pointed round to base door handle; shade Payne's Grey and highlight Wicker White. Use monogram liner to add Payne's Grey nails.
  • 3. Use shaders and Sunflower to paint threshold; use Burnt Umber to blend shading.
  • Stones
  • 1. Use shaders and brush mix of Wicker White and touch of Butter Pecan to base, working a few at a time. Add touch of Raw Sienna here and there to add warmth; do not over blend. Shade stones with touches of Payne's Grey then shade to inside edge of stones on left side of doorway; use monogram liner to add shading between stones. Side-load shaders and brush mix of Asphaltum and touch of Payne's Grey to shade on stucco behind stones.
  • Lantern
  • 1. Paint glass in same manner as Window Glass. Base metal areas Licorice; highlight Wicker White.
  • Window Planter
  • 1. Use deerfoot stippler to stipple Burnt Umber cocoa mat. Stipple shading with touch of Licorice. Wipe brush and load toe with Raw Sienna to stipple highlight. Enhance highlight with touch of Sunflower. Use monogram liner and Licorice to paint wrought iron frame; use Wicker White to blend in highlights.
  • 2. Use chisel edge of fan brush and load one end in mix of Thicket + tch. of Licorice; tap in dark areas of foliage. Load other end of brush with Fresh Foliage and tap in remaining foliage. Add touch of Wicker White and tap highlights here and there. Use monogram liner to tap in graceful Fresh Foliage tips. Tap in tiny Wicker White blooms on hanging foliage. Use slightly thinned Asphaltum to paint twigs. Use Thicket to paint stems for bleeding hearts and lavender. Use brush mix of Ultramarine Blue and Wicker White to tap in blue flowers. Double-load pointed round in Red Violet and Wicker White; tap in lavender petals. Use brush mix of Magenta and Wicker White to paint bleeding hearts. Double-load Autumn Leaves and Pure Orange and tap in orange flowers; add touch of School Bus Yellow to highlight.
  • Foreground
  • 1. Use glaze wash brush and mix of Burnt Umber + tch. of Licorice to undercoat grass areas. Use heavy coat Butter Pecan to base path, working quickly to cover entire path. Side-load dirty brush with Burnt Umber; shade either side of path sweeping across path here and there. Wipe brush and load with Sunflower to blend in highlights in center of path. (Note: To prevent chop marks, hold brush parallel to surface to paint highlights.) Blend in hints of Forest Moss here and there.
  • 2. Use fan brush and brush mix of Thicket and Ultramarine Blue to tap in grass areas. (Note: Avoid painting grass in garden area and leave hints of soil showing here and there.) Use chisel edge of fan brush to lightly tap in grasses here and there on path. Pick up Fresh Foliage to tap in highlights. Use brush mix of Yellow Citron and touch of Wicker White to paint lightest areas. Use monogram liner and Fresh Foliage to pull grass blades on path; highlight Sunflower. Use brush mix of Lt. Periwinkle and Ultramarine Blue to tap tiny flowers here and there. Use pointed round, shaders, and brush mix of Licorice and Burnt Umber to paint rocks; blend in Wicker White highlights. Side-load #12 shader with Sunflower; blend highlights in front of rocks and grasses on path.
  • Flower Bed
  • 1. Spiky Flowers: Use fan brush and mix of Thicket + tch. of Licorice to tap in foliage. Wipe brush and use Fresh Foliage to highlight; tap in additional touches of Wicker White highlights here and there. Double-load round brushes in Ultramarine Blue and Payne's Gray; tap in tall blue spiky flowers in back; use Lt. Periwinkle to tap in first highlights, then use brush mix of Baby Blue and Wicker White to add final highlights. Use monogram liner to tap in highlights on tips. For pink spiky flowers, use brush mix of Red Violet and Magenta; use brush mix of Magenta and Wicker White to tap in first highlights, then tap in Wicker White for additional highlights. Use monogram liner to tap in highlights on tips.
  • 2. Shrubs: Double-load deerfoot stippler with mix of Thicket + tch. of Payne's Grey on heel and Fresh Foliage on toe; begin at top left of shrub and stipple several layers of foliage for each shrub. Reload paint as needed and continue stippling shrubs in descending order toward door. Dry. Load monogram liner with Autumn Leaves and tap tiny flowers in tallest shrubs; tap in School Bus Yellow highlights. Tap tiny Wicker White flowers in small shrubs.
  • 3. Iris: Use script liner to stroke leaves Fresh Foliage; blend Thicket for shading and Sunflower for highlights. Use filbert and rounds to paint petals Red Violet. Side-load filbert with Wicker White to paint highlights. Use monogram liner to tap Pure Orange stamen; tap in School Bus Yellow highlights. Double-load #3 round with Red Violet and Wicker White to create two-stroke buds. Use monogram liner to paint stems Thicket; highlight Fresh Foliage.
  • 4. Tulips: Use #3 round to paint leaves in same manner as Iris. Use filbert and several heavy coats of Wicker White to undercoat tulips, drying between coats. Base tulips School Bus Yellow; shade Pure Orange and highlight Wicker White. Dry. Apply thin coat Yellow Lt. over highlights. Paint stems in same manner as Iris.
  • Wrought Iron Hanging Plant
  • 1. Use #1 round to base wall bracket Licorice; highlight Wicker White. Use monogram liner and brush mix of Licorice and Wicker White to tap in chain. Follow directions for Window Planter to paint planter, foliage, and flowers.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Use sheer Payne's Grey to paint shadows under door hinges and behind lantern, hanging planter hook, and spiky flowers.
  • 2. Apply varnish to areas where acrylics were used (all areas above ground line). Let dry.
  • 3. Assemble drapery rods and insert at either end of wall hanging. Mount brackets on wall. Hang scroll independently above wall hanging.