Lemons All Around

By  Diane Trierwiler 

  • Lemons All Around


  • DecoArt Americana Gloss Enamels: Bright Yellow, Burnt Sienna, Foliage Green, Hauser Dark Green, Hauser Medium Green, Lavender, Saffron Yellow, White
  • Loew-Cornell: La Corneille Golden Taklon: Shader, Series 7300, #12; Angular Shader, Series 7400, 5/8"
  • Specialty: Deerfoot Stippler Russian Fitch, Series 410, 3/4"; Flat Glaze, Series 798, 1"
  • Diane Trierweiler Signature Brushes: Striper, #10/0; Short Cut Badger Fan, #2; Petal Brush Set, Filbert Tongue, #2, #4, #8
  • White enamel decanter (available through Diane Trierweiler)


  • Enamel Medium, Clear

Pattern - Lemons All Around

  • Preparation
  • 1. Clean outer surface with alcohol and wipe dry. Print out pattern; transfer basic pattern lines. (Transfer details as needed.)
  • 2. Use #8 petal brush and #12 shader to base lemons Saffron Yellow and base leaves Hauser Med. Green with one to two coats.
  • Artist's Tips
  • 1. Work loosely, working on an area too long will lift paint; working wet-on- wet or with a choppy float works best. Use Clear Medium to shade or highlight. Brush strokes may be visible, but should be minimal due to natural hair of brush.
  • Lemons
  • 1. Use deerfoot stippler to stipple Bright Yellow, then load brush with White to lightly stipple highlight on upper portion of lemon. (Note: Work on leaves while lemons are drying.) Load angular shader with Burnt Sienna and begin shading lower edge of each lemon; walk brush out loosely. (Note: If paint begins to pick up, you may consider using the wet-on-wet method; dampen area with background color and begin working in shadow color.) Dry. Add Foliage Green tint here and there in shadow area. Dry. Add a touch of Lavender "back light" in shadow areas.
  • 2. Add a touch of water to Burnt Sienna and use fan brush to fly speck lemons. Immediately wipe excess spatters around lemons.
  • Leaves
  • 1. Work shadows and highlights in a weton- wet method. Use #8 petal brush to add Hauser Dk. Green shadows and Foliage Green highlights. (Note: Do not worry if you go out of basecoat edges; you can leave edges loose and soft or go back when dry with a razor blade to clean.) Use striper to add Foliage Green vein lines. Add a second highlight to leaves with brush mix of Foliage Green and Bright Yellow.
  • 2. Use #8 petal brush to dry brush Lavender "back light" in shadow areas. Use striper to line tendrils Hauser Med. Green; highlight Foliage Green.
  • Blossoms
  • 1. Use #4 petal brush and White to stroke in petals. Dot centers Saffron Yellow. Dry. Use #2 petal brush to shade centers Burnt Sienna.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Use glazing brush to apply Clear Medium over painted surface. Allow to cure seven days before washing or follow manufacturer's directs to oven bake. Hand wash decanter; dishwasher is not recommended.