Jack-o’-Lantern & Spider Webs Set

By  Vera Collier 

  • Jack-o’-Lantern & Spider Webs Set


  • Hofcraft: Scalloped Rim Plate Stand (WPSCS12), 12"; Wooden Bowl (HBM6-1), 6"
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Avocado Dip, Black Plum, Burnt Orange, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Red, Canyon Orange, Cool Neutral, Graphite, Honey Brown, Lamp (Ebony) Black, Light Buttermilk, Neutral Grey, Oxblood, Pansy Lavender, Plum, Tangerine, True Ochre


  • Loew-Cornell La Corneille Golden Taklon Paintbrushes: Series 7550 Wash/Glaze 3/4"; Series 7400 Angular Shader 1/2"; Series 7050 Script Liner 10/0, #1; Series 7300 Shader #4, #10; Series 7500 Filbert #4
  • Loew-Cornell Specialty Paintbrushes: Series 270 Maxine's Oval Mop Goat Hair 1/2"; Series 247 Crescent Golden Taklon & Bristle 1/4"
  • DecoArt: Americana Matte Acrylic Sealer/Finisher; DuraClear Matte Varnish
  • Kerry Trout Liquid Shadow Water-Based Shading Medium
  • Black micron pigma pen, .05
  • Clapham's Beeswax Salad Bowl Finish

Basic Supplies

  • sandpaper, ruler, pencil, chalk pencil (optional), transfer paper, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface), old scruffy brush, sea sponge

Pattern - Jack-o'-Lantern & Spider Webs Set

  • 1. Sand and seal top and bottom of plate, pedestal, and bowl.
  • 2. Basecoat top of plate Burnt Orange and bottom of plate Oxblood, sanding between coats. Moisten sea sponge and sponge top of plate Canyon Orange, then very sparingly with True Ochre. (Note: Only a little yellow should be seen here and there; dominant colors should be two oranges.) Basecoat plate edge Light Buttermilk. Use #4 shader to add Lamp Black checks. Use angular shader to shade Burnt Umber along bottom of entire plate edge. Let dry.
  • 3. For spider web, use ruler and pencil to draw lines across plate from point of one edge to opposite edge point. Use #1 script liner and thinned Lamp Black to paint lines; add connecting threads from line to line.
  • 4. Basecoat base of plate with two coats Pansy Lavender; sponge first with Plum and then Black Plum. Use 10/0 liner and thinned Avocado Dip to add swirl lines. Randomly dot Lamp Black between swirls. Basecoat stem Lamp Black; use handle end of brush to add Light Buttermilk dots in even pattern around stem.
  • 5. Basecoat inside of bowl Lamp Black and outside of bowl Black Plum. Sponge outside Oxblood, then alternate sponging between Black Plum and Oxblood for desired effect. Basecoat rim Light Buttermilk. Use #10 shader to add Lamp Black checks. Use angular shader to shade Burnt Umber along outer side of entire edge.
  • 6. Print out patterns. Trace pattern and transfer basic pattern lines onto plate and bowl.
  • 7. For spider on plate, basecoat Graphite. Use scruffy brush to stipple Lamp Black lines across mid-section of body. Use angular shader and Lamp Black to shade entire spider. Drybrush Neutral Grey highlight down center of entire body; brighten with Cool Neutral. Dot eyes Cadmium Red; add tiny Light Buttermilk highlight dots. Use 10/0 script liner and Lamp Black to line teeth, fangs, and legs. Use same brush and thinned Cool Neutral to highlight along bottom side of legs. Use Liquid Shadow to add cast shadow along left side of body and to add leg cast shadows.
  • 8. For jack-o'-lantern on bowl, basecoat pumpkin Canyon Orange for opaque coverage. Use angular shader and Burnt Sienna to shade segments. Use crescent brush and very little Tangerine to highlight middle section; float highlight along outer edges of pumpkin. Basecoat stem Honey Brown; shade Burnt Umber. Use micron pen to add detail lines. Use 10/0 script liner and Honey Brown to paint curly vines. For leaves, doubleload filbert with Avocado Dip and Burnt Sienna; one stroke each leaf.
  • 9. Basecoat jack-o'-lantern eyes, nose, and mouth Lamp Black. Use #1 script liner and True Ochre to line right sides of eyes and nose, and top and right side of mouth. Use Light Buttermilk to dot peering eyes in eye and mouth openings; add tiny Lamp Black pupil. Use #1 script liner and thinned Light Buttermilk to paint cobweb on left of jack-o'-lantern.
  • 10. To finish, apply several varnish coats on underside of plate and bowl, and to plate stem. Let dry. Follow manufacturer's instructions to apply beeswax finish to top of plate and inside of bowl. (Note: Beeswax Salad Bowl Finish is food safe; ingredients are Mineral Oil (u.s.p.), Beeswax, Micro-Crystalline Wax, and Carnauba Wax. This sealer can be used over painted projects to make them food safe.)
  • Tip
  • 1. For greater ease in painting the spider web on plate, use a chalk pencil to draw connecting threads first.