Painted Pen & Ink Water Pump Plate

By  Sue Beckerton 

size: 16" diameter

  • Painted Pen & Ink Water Pump Plate
  • Full View
  • Closeup View of Flower
  • Closeup View of Waterpump


  • Wooden plate, 16” diameter
  • Weber Permalba Professional Artists’ Oil Colors: Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Umber, Black, Sap Green, Payne’s Grey, Phthalo Blue
  • DecoArt Traditions Artist Acrylics: Burnt Umber, Carbon Black, Light Primer, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Warm White, Sap Green


  • Dynasty Brushes: Series 206: Shader #4, 8; Flat #10; Liner #1; Round #1, 3; Chisel blender #6, 8, 10, 16; Series 1827 Oval Wash 3/4”; Decorator Mini Mop 1/2”; stippler (of choice)
  • Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph Pen, 5-0 fine point, black
  • DecoArt Americana: Matte Acrylic Spray Sealer, Glazing Medium

Basic Supplies

  • window cleaner, graphite, sponge, eraser, foam plate, q-tips, palette knife, stylus, tracing paper, sandpaper, soft cloth

Pattern - Painted Pen & Ink Water Pump Plate

  • Prep Surface
  • 1. Sand plate; wipe away dust. Mix equal parts Light Primer + Warm White + water; stain/wash entire plate using 3/4" oval wash stroking in same direction as wood grain. Let dry. Sand to smooth; wipe away dust.
  • 2. Print out pattern. Transfer basic pattern lines on plate using wax-free graphite.
  • 3. Using Rapidograph pen, outline all details of design. (Note: Easily remove mistakes by using window cleaner and q-tip over ink lines.) Let ink dry. Erase graphite lines.
  • 4. Apply matte sealer on design, leaving floral border unsealed. Let dry.
  • Water Pump Design Note
  • 1. Use either #1 or #3 round to pick up and apply paint. In areas like large planks and flower pot, use #4 flat to apply paint. Use stippler to rouge sky and grass. For center plate design, use Weber Permalba Oils. For outer plate edges, ground, and grass areas, use DecoArt Traditions Acrylics.
  • Water Pump Design
  • 1. On foam plate, squirt out small amounts of oil paints and Glazing Medium. Before painting main design, pounce ground area Carbon Black using stippler brush.
  • 2. For water pump, dress #4 flat with touch of Glazing Medium and Alizarin Crimson. (Note: Apply paint in dark areas along length of pump. Apply small amounts under each bump or trim. Put brush down and pick up paint, proceeding to rouge (spread) out color. When rouging, create dark, medium, and light values throughout each element on design. This is done by softly buffing paint towards lighter areas, leaving more paint where you first laid it. Lighten areas by using q-tip to remove paint.) Mix equal parts Alizarin Crimson and Burnt Umber; darken pump's edge, smearing color slightly outwards, allowing previous color to show through.
  • 3. For leaves, mix (2:1) mixture Sap Green and Burnt Umber for army green color. Lay army green along dark edges of leaves; smear color out towards lighter areas. Add soft tinges here and there with (1:1) Alizarin Crimson and Burnt Umber mixture. Apply spray sealer, leaving floral border unsprayed.
  • 4. For grassy areas, use #1 liner to paint long grass blades Carbon Black. Smear in grassy areas with straight Sap Green, softly fading color out as you work up to tips of grass blades.
  • 5. For bulrushes, smear in hint of Burnt Umber, being careful not to darken too much.
  • 6. For bucket, smear in dark areas with Burnt Umber. Place color along bands and edges; smear towards lighter areas.
  • 7. For sky, use stippler and very little Phthalo Blue paint to smudge color in circular motion. Apply spray sealer, leaving floral edges on plate unsprayed.
  • Ink and Floral Borders
  • 1. Transfer floral borders on plate edges. Use Rapidograph pen to outline designs.
  • 2. Lightly dampen one leaf at a time with water. Pick up thinned Sap Green and drop color into water. Spread paint around areas, filling in leaves. Repeat process using Permanent Alizarin Crimson for flowers and comma strokes. Let dry.
  • 3. For leaves, float to shade leaves along tips, base, and middle vein with pure strength Sap Green. Darken with brush mix of Sap Green + Burnt Umber.
  • 4. For flowers, float to shade petals along tips and base with pure strength Permanent Alizarin Crimson. Darken with brush mix of Permanent Alizarin Crimson + Burnt Umber. Fill in centers with thinned Burnt Umber. Float base with pure strength Burnt Umber.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Lightly sand smooth. Apply matte spray sealer on all areas of plate allowing drying time in between coats.
  • Tips
  • 1. Always dress the paint with tiny bit of glazing medium before you pick it up on your brush.
  • 2. If you overspread paint past ink lines, use rubber eraser to gently push paint back into desired area. Or use a q-tip dipped in glazing medium to wash area; remove all glazing medium with clean q-tip, and then apply paint again.