Spring Easter Basket

By  Sue Beckerton 

  • Spring Easter Basket
  • Paint Shades


  • Basket (#BX159) from Coyote Woodworks
  • DecoArt Traditions Artist Acrylics: Hansa Yellow, Lt. Grey, Light Violet, Medium White, Pine Green, Quinacridone Gold, Raw Umber, Red Violet, Titanium White, Warm White, Yellow Deep, Yellow Ochre, Yellow Oxide
  • FM Dynasty: Black Gold, Series 206: Shader, #10, #14; Flat Wash, 3/4”; Chisel Blender, #8; Round, #1; Script, #20/0; Filbert, #6, #8; Tooth, 1/4”; Oval Wash, 1/2”; Decorator Collection: Mini Mop, Series 400, 1/4”, 1/2”; Dry Brush, Series 200, #8


  • DecoArt: Americana Acrylic Multi-Purpose Sealer; DuraClear Varnish, Satin

Pattern - Spring Easter Basket

  • Mixes
  • 1. Bright Yellow Mix = Warm White + Hansa Yellow (6:1)
  • 2. Light Green Mix = Warm White + Yellow Ochre + Light Grey + Pine Green (6:5:1:1)
  • 3. Medium Green Mix = Light Green Mix + Pine Green + Raw Umber + Titanium White (3:1:1:1)
  • 4. Light Yellow Mix = Yellow Oxide + Warm White (1:1)
  • 5. Medium Warm White Mix = Warm White + Med. White (1:1)
  • Preparation
  • 1. Sand any rough edges; wipe dust. Basecoat bow Lt. Violet, handle and all remaining sides Bright Yellow Mix. Let dry; sand smooth. Repeat for opaque coverage.
  • 2. Print out pattern; transfer basic ribbon weave pattern lines. (Transfer details as needed.)
  • Artist's Tips
  • 1. I periodically seal with glazing medium as I work and when I complete a step. This seals and protects paint from lifting if you need to wipe or wash away mistakes. All dry brushing is done using chisel blender. Use shaders or flat wash to do most floats; pounce mop brush over water's edge to soften. All line work is done using liners, thinned with water and blotting tip to "sharpen" point.
  • Ribbon
  • 1. Shade Yellow Oxide behind ribbon edges. Wash Lt. Violet over ribbon; shade Lt. Violet under each ribbon overlap. Use same color and liner to outline ribbon edges. Use tooth brush and brush mix of Lt. Violet and Titanium White to highlight, flicking brush back and forth; brighten with more Titanium White.
  • Florals
  • 1. Transfer daffodil and tulip patterns. Base stems and blades of daffodil and tulip with Light Green Mix; shade each with brush mix of Light Green Mix and Raw Umber; darken folds with second coat. Float Warm White highlights.
  • 2. Tulip: Base Medium Warm White Mix. Shade Med. White; darken with brush mix of Med. White and Raw Umber. Dry brush subtle Titanium White highlights. Load #6 filbert with Lt. Violet; stroke edges pulling from tip of petal downward, letting ends taper off to a fine point. (Note: If desired, use tooth brush in place of filbert.) Repeat using shorter stroke. Use liner to outline edges Lt. Violet. Float Red Violet along edges to darken; repeat to darken if desired.
  • 3. Crocuses: Transfer pattern. Base petals Lt. Violet; shade Red Violet and use brush mix of Lt. Violet and Titanium White to dry brush highlights. Brighten with more Titanium White. Darken with brush mix of Red Violet and Raw Umber. Base small grassy blades with Medium Green Mix. Add thin pinstripe in center with brush mix of Light Green Mix and Titanium White. Shade blades Pine Green.
  • 4. Daffodil: Base Light Yellow Mix. Shade Yellow Oxide; darken with Yellow Deep and again with Quinacridone Gold. Highlight petals with back-to-back float of Bright Yellow Mix; brighten with two more coats until satisfied.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Apply two to three varnish coats, making sure to avoid build up near assembly holes. To assemble, slide handle in place, then push sides into egg shaped edges; insert bottom. Disassemble after Easter for easier storage. (Note: If desired, apply glue to assembly holes for permanent basket.)