Painted Watermelon Bowl

By  Linda Hollander 

Paint a lifelike watermelon that looks so appetizing, you'll want to take a bite out of it! The mottled effect created by using a crumpled plastic bag will make you feel like a painting pro!

  • Painted Watermelon Bowl
  • Worksheet Photo 1
  • Worksheet Photo 2
  • Worksheet Photo 3


  • Hofcraft Hardwood Bowl (HBM10-2), 10” diameter
  • Plaid FolkArt: Acrylic Colors: Bayberry, Belle Blush, Fresh Foliage, Wrought Iron, Thicket, Wicker White; Artist’s Pigments: Napthol Crimson, Warm White


  • Loew-Cornell paintbrushes: American Painter: Series 4000 Round #3, Series 4350 Liner 10/0, Series 4550 Wash 1”, Series 4400 Angular Shader 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”; Series 274 Oval Mop 1/2”, 1”; Series 757 Chip Brush 1”
  • Plaid: Sanding Sealer, Glazing Medium, Acrylic Matte Lacquer Sealer

Basic Supplies

  • sandpaper, plastic grocery bags, hand sanitizer, paint stir sticks, soft cloth, paper towel
  • Size
  • 1. Size is 10" diameter.
  • Watermelon Bowl
  • 1. Spray bowl inside and out with Sanding Sealer. Sand lightly and remove dust. Use wash brush to prime entire bowl Wicker White.
  • 2. Use wash brush and Belle Blush to basecoat inside of bowl (but not rim). Use wash brush and (1:1) mixture Bayberry + Fresh Foliage to basecoat outside of bowl. See Photo 1 on Worksheet. Let basecoat cure several hours or overnight.

    Worksheet Photo 1
  • 3. Invert bowl on work surface. Slide paint stir sticks under bowl to elevate it slightly. Use chip brush and (1:3) mixture Thicket + Glazing Medium to quickly cover entire area. Begin at base and stroke outward toward rim. Invert plastic grocery bag so printed side is inside out. Crumple bag into ball tightly then gently open and lay over wet bowl. Press bag down gently without smoothing wrinkles or shifting bag. Remove bag to reveal mottled look. See Photo 2 on Worksheet. Let dry. Use chisel edge of chip brush and (1:1) mixture Thicket + Glazing Medium to tap loose stripes starting at center of bottom of bowl working toward rim. See Photo 3 on Worksheet. Let dry several hours or overnight. Spray with Matte Lacquer Sealer.

    Worksheet Photo 2

    Worksheet Photo 3
  • 4. Use wash brush and (1:4) mixture Napthol Crimson + Glazing Medium to slip slap inside of bowl. See Step 2 on Worksheet. Use plastic bag technique above to create mottled look. See Step 3 on Worksheet. Let dry several hours or overnight. Use 1/2" angular shader and Warm White to float along top edge of melon area. Mop to soften.

    Step 2

    Step 3
  • 5. Use round brush and Wrought Iron + touch Warm White to base seeds using photo as guide. Use 1/4" angular shader and small amount Warm White to float highlight on left side of each seed and to right side of each seed. Use liner brush and Warm White to add small comma on highlighted side of each seed. See Photo 3 on Worksheet.

    Worksheet Photo 3
  • 6. Use paper towel and hand sanitizer to remove any unwanted paint from rim.
  • 7. Use Warm White to base rim. Let dry. Use 3/8" angular shader and Fresh Foliage to float outer edge of rim. Mop to soften.
  • 8. Spray bowl with several coats Matte Lacquer Sealer. (Note: Bowl is not safe for direct contact with food.)