Potting Bench Rooster

By  Patricia Rawlinson 

  • Potting Bench Rooster
  • Closeup View of Rooster


  • Potting Bench (#1632) from Turns In Time
  • DecoArt Americana:Acrylics: Antique Gold, Antique Maroon, Antique White, Cocoa, Deep Burgundy, Espresso, Evergreen, Golden Straw, Lamp (Ebony) Black, Mustard Seed, Soft Black; Hot Shots: Fiery Red
  • Royal & Langnickel Royal Fusion brushes: Round, Series R3250, #4; Filbert, Series R3170, #8; Glaze/Wash, Series R3700, 1/2"
  • Filbert brush, 1" (TOOL110) available through Patricia Rawlinson


  • DecoArt: Tracy Moreau Texture Stencils, Royal Tiles (TS07); Texture Crackle, Paintable Texture, (TX06-51); Gel Stain, Oak (DS30-3)
  • Minwax Early American Stain
  • Reproduction Paper (#BP001); (Flour, Corn, Feed) available through Patricia Rawlinson
  • White wood glue
  • Indoor/outdoor water-based varnish

Pattern - Potting Bench Rooster

  • Preparation
  • 1. Use Minwax stain to stain bench; let dry thoroughly. Trim paper to fit back of bench at left side and front of bench under lip. (Option: Burn edges with flame; use caution and safety in doing this step.) Thin wood glue with water and decoupage paper in place; smooth while drying to avoid air bubbles and to flatten. Apply thin coat Antique White over paper on back and front of bench. Use palette knife and mix of Texture Crackle + Antique White (1:1) to apply thin "texture-y" coat on back of bench to right of paper and to each side of paper on front of bench. Let dry. Use stencil and same crackle mix to add two or three stencil designs on back of bench at right side; use palette knife to apply mix over open areas of stencil then lift stencil off. Let dry.
  • 2. Wash Antique Maroon and a little Espresso over textured area on back of bench. Add washy Antique Maroon dots. Wash textured area on front of bench with mix of Espresso + Cocoa (1:1). Rub gel stain + tch. of Lamp Black along outer edges of paper and textured area on back of bench, and on wood edges. Wash thinned Antique Maroon on wood edges of front of bench and legs. Use glaze/wash brush to add thinned Soft Black checks along outer edges of back of bench and to wood edges of front of bench and legs.
  • 3. Print out pattern; transfer basic pattern lines on back of bench. (Transfer details as needed.)
  • Artist's Tip
  • 1. Rooster is blocked in using dirty brush and colors which lend themselves to each other as you go; wipe or rinse brush to control these variables as desired. Blocking is like "loose" basecoating: the process of placing color in an area and not worrying about solid or edge-to-edge coverage.
  • Rooster
  • 1. Body and Breast: Block in area using mix of Cocoa + Espresso (creamy muddy brown); pick up Lamp Black on dirty brush and use dry brush technique, working back and forth, to establish shadow areas. Wipe brush and use Antique Gold to apply scratchy highlights on breast; repeat with scant amount of Golden Straw. Use Cocoa and Espresso to brush on tail feathers allowing for streaky, scratchy ends. (Note: Instead of mixing these colors, pick up colors as you go to keep variations in color.) Add Lamp Black shadows and definition.

  • 2. Head, Neck, and Saddle Feathers: Use Cocoa to stroke in each; shade each with scratchy Espresso strokes. Repeat with Lamp Black for saddle feathers. Wipe brush and use Antique Gold to apply scratchy highlights; repeat with Golden Straw, Mustard Seed, and Marigold. Add Antique White where desired.
  • 3. Beak and Legs: Base each Cocoa; highlight beak Antique Gold.
  • 4. Comb, Waddle, Eye Area: Base Antique Maroon; float Deep Burgundy highlight and shade Soft Black. Brighten highlight with Fiery Red. Paint eye Lamp Black and add Antique White highlight dot.
  • Grass
  • 1. Wash Evergreen under bird. (Note: Add touch of one "red" color to green if desired.) Use same color to deepen grass along very base of surface; add random grass blades.