Hydrangea Paper Towel Holder

By  Nancy Dale Kinney-Stout 

  • Hydrangea Paper Towel Holder
  • Painting Steps


  • Wooden Paper Towel Holder with two drawers (#1507) from Turns in Time
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Antique Green, Black Green, Cadmium Yellow, Celery Green, Deep Burgundy, Light Buttermilk, Prussian Blue, Silver Sage Green; Optional: Dazzling Metallics Glorious Gold
  • FM Dynasty Black Gold Brushes, Series 206: Chisel Blender, #8, #10; Flat Wash, 1", Liner, #1
  • Nancy Kinney Specialty Brushes: Floral; Dabbers: Small, Medium


  • Multi-purpose sealer
  • Jo Sonja's Gel Retarder
  • Krylon Matte Finish
  • Sponge roller, 2"
  • 1" diameter candle with candle holder
  • Old stainless tablespoon

Pattern - Hydrangea Paper Towel Holder - Front Panel
Pattern - Hydrangea Paper Towel Holder - Side Panels

  • Preparation
  • 1. Sand paper towel holder if needed; wipe dust. Apply multi-purpose sealer. Let dry. Sand and wipe with damp cloth. Use roller to apply two coats Silver Sage Green over entire surface.
  • 2. For marbleized smoke background, light candle in holder and allow to burn a few minutes until there is a good tall flame. Hold bowl of tablespoon over flame until black carbon build up is achieved. Continue moving spoon over flame until a steady stream of black carbon rises above spoon. This stream of smoke is what will adhere to paper towel surface. Hold surface over carbon stream moving surface around so carbon adheres to various places; be careful to not allow spoon to touch surface. When desired result is achieved, spray immediately with Krylon Matte Finish to set smoke. (Note: Work larger surface areas in small sections to avoid smudging; spray and dry. Repeat as needed.)
  • 3. If desired, wash in touches of Deep Burgundy where there is no smoke; wipe excess paint from brush and slightly blend into smoked areas.
  • 4. Trace pattern from pullout section, side D; transfer basic pattern lines onto paper towel holder. (Transfer details as needed.)
  • Painting Instructions
  • 1. Note: Refer to pattern for shading (xxx) and highlighting (...)
  • Leaves
  • 1. Add a drop of Prussian Blue into a pile of Antique Green (Mix 1). Base all leaves with two coats Mix 1; turn brush onto chisel edge to paint pointed tips. Working one leaf at a time, dampen with retarder; dab Black Green in shaded areas as indicated on pattern. Wipe brush on paper towel and dab or lightly rub to blend. Dampen leaf again with retarder; dab Celery Green in highlight areas. Further lighten with Lt. Buttermilk. Add tiny touches of Deep Burgundy on leaves to accent. Use liner and Antique Green to paint curly vines.
  • Hydrangea
  • 1. Moisten flat wash in retarder; load with Lt. Buttermilk and base flower clusters. Moisten brush with retarder and side-load Deep Burgundy; paint left side. Repeat same for right side using Prussian Blue. While wet, blend colors together.
  • 2. Load floral brush with Deep Burgundy tipped in Lt. Buttermilk; begin random five-petal flower cluster placement along left half. Continue working toward center. Load brush with Prussian Blue tipped in Lt. Buttermilk to add five-petal flower clusters on right half. Tip brush into Antique Green to add touches of green on far right side.
  • 3. Dampen entire flower with retarder. Load floral brush with Deep Burgundy tipped in slightly more Lt. Buttermilk to highlight some petals. Repeat same for blue and green petals using above colors.
  • 4. Use handle end of liner to dot centers Cadmium Yellow.
  • Stems
  • 1. Use chisel edge of floral brush and brush mix of Antique Green and Black Green to paint stems. Highlight Celery Green along left edge.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Optional: Flyspeck Glorious Gold over entire surface to add more interest if desired.
  • 2. Apply two to three varnish coats.