Rustic Gentleman's Trunk

By  Lynne Andrews 

  • Rustic Gentleman's Trunk
  • Painting Stages


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Antique Gold Deep, Antique White, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Buttermilk, Camel, Lamp (Ebony) Black, Light Avocado, Light Cinnamon, Plantation Pine, Silver Sage Green
  • Loew-Cornell La Corneille Golden Taklon: Ultra Round, Series 7020, #4, #12
  • Specialty: Maxine's Oval Mop Goat Hair, Series 270, 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”; Round Scumbler, Series 2014, #8; Duster/Stippler, Series 4, #2
  • Wooden trunk (#2010-W101; lid and bottom: 10”w x 6-1/2”d x 6-1/4”t; midsection: 9”w x 4-1/2”t x 5-1/4”d) available through Andrews Woodworking


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Sealer/Finisher, Matte
  • “Love to Spatter” tool

Pattern - Rustic Gentleman's Trunk

  • Artist's Tips
  • 1. Use any brush for basecoating. Use ultra round for all washes; this brush holds a tremendous amount of paint or wash, while its point is that of a liner obtaining great detailing. Use appropriate size mop where needed and scumbler for stippling and dry brushing.
  • Preparation
  • 1. Lightly sand entire trunk; wipe dust. Use Antique White to base two coats on top of lid and sides of box including top edges.
  • 2. Use Lamp Black to paint two coats on side edges of lid, trim at base, and bottom of trunk. Use Burnt Sienna to paint two coats on inside of lid and trunk.
  • 3. Print out patterns; transfer basic pattern lines. (Transfer details as needed.)
  • Painting Instructions
  • 1. Refer to worksheet.

    Painting Stages
  • Lid Top
  • 1. For graining effect; dip round scumbler into Lt. Cinnamon and work paint well into bristles. Start at outer corners and stipple toward center oval following pattern lines. Lighten touch as you work towards oval. Continue around lid, reloading paint as needed.
  • 2. Use Antique White to touch up oval if needed. Use #12 ultra round to float Lt. Avocado behind oval: dip ultra round in water, blot once on paper towel and dip point into paint; work paint back and forth on palette so paint works its way up into bristles. Press point against outer transfer line and press lightly as you work around oval; mop if necessary.
  • 3. Use round scumbler to dry brush random Silver Sage Green clouds within oval. Lightly wash Plantation Pine on ground area; mop. Repeat as needed to build up color depth allowing paint to dry between layers to avoid lifting paint. Add a touch of Antique Gold Deep wash over Plantation Pine; mop to blend. Use tip of #4 ultra round to wash in some Plantation Pine trees in background keeping them soft looking by using enough water and mopping afterwards; add a touch of Antique Gold Deep wash. Wash Burnt Umber tree trunks at right; mop to soften.
  • 4. Lightly wash deer Camel; mop to blend and soften. Use Burnt Umber to shade between hind and front leg, ears, and under neck. Redefine antlers with Antique White if needed. Add a touch of Buttermilk to tips of some antlers. Float Burnt Umber behind deer including antlers. Lightly stipple Buttermilk on chest and tail. Use #4 ultra round to add a touch of Buttermilk to side of nose. Use Lamp Black to paint eye and nose. Add Buttermilk highlight dot to eye.
  • 5. Use #12 ultra round to float Burnt Umber along inside edge of oval. For pine garland, use #4 ultra round to paint branches Burnt Umber; use Plantation Pine to paint pine needles. Add some Antique Gold Deep needles here and there. Use #12 round to float Burnt Umber along outer edges of lid top; mop to blend towards center. Follow manufacturer's directions to spatter mix of Lamp Black + tch. of Burnt Sienna over design on lid.
  • Side Scenes
  • 1. All four sides are painted in same manner. Use Silver Sage Green to dry brush random clouds. Use #12 ultra round to wash Plantation Pine onto background; mop heavily with duster/stippler. Repeat as needed to build up color depth allowing paint to dry between layers. Deepen color towards bottom. Do the same with Lt. Avocado. When dry, wash Antique Gold Deep here and there; mop to soften. Wash Burnt Sienna and Lt. Cinnamon random patches; mop to soften. (Note: Carry color from edge to next side for continuity; mop.)
  • 2. Paint all trees in same manner. Paint trunks Burnt Umber. Very lightly stipple Plantation Pine tree foliage. Use tip of #4 ultra round to add individual needles on edges of some trees to fill in and shape. (Note: Trees are a very loose design and do not require a lot of detail.) Add a touch of Antique Gold Deep to some trees for contrast. Add some Burnt Sienna tree trunks here and there. Use thinned Burnt Umber and Plantation Pine to add grass around trees and scattered on ground.
  • 3. Spatter sides in same manner as lid top.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Apply several finishing coats.