Everbloom Mail Keeper

By  Erika Joanne Frei 

  • Everbloom Mail Keeper
  • Painting Chart


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Bittersweet Chocolate, Blush Flesh, Calypso Blue, Deep Midnight Blue, Heritage Brick, Honey Brown, Lamp (Ebony) Black, Lavender, Light Mocha, Marigold, Mistletoe, Olive Green, Pumpkin, Salem Blue, Teal Green, Wild Orchid
  • Brushes: Loew-Cornell: Scholastic Bristle, Round Long Handle, Series 5000, #6; Duster/Stippler, Series 4, #2; La Corneille Golden Taklon: Wash/Glaze, Series, 7550, 3/4”; Shader, Series 7300, #4, #8; Round Stroke, Series 7040, #4, #6; Jackie Shaw Liner, Series JS, #10/0, #1
  • DecoArt: Acrylic Gesso; DuraClear Varnish, Matte
  • Ivory Mail Keeper (#20844824) from Painter’s Paradise

Pattern - Everbloom Mail Keeper

  • Artist's Tip
  • 1. The duster/stippler is great for dry brushing large areas. Use it to dry brush background highlights on mail pockets: load dry duster with paint, wipe excess off on paper towel leaving just a hint of color, then use medium pressure to swipe brush randomly back and forth across surface using a crisscross motion and building layers of color as you go.
  • Preparation
  • 1. Lightly sand entire mail keeper to create tooth; wipe dust. Apply good coat of Gesso.
  • 2. Print out pattern; transfer basic details onto mail keeper.
  • Floral Background, Black Area, Borders, & Wording
  • 1. Base front of each pocket within raised border Deep Midnight Blue. Use duster/stippler to dry brush Teal Green in crisscross motion over front of each pocket. Base remaining areas of mail keeper Lamp Black. Use #6 round stroke and Teal Green to base raised borders around pockets, raised scroll design at top of mail keeper, and to add highlights to key hooks. Paint raised "Mail" wording Blush Flesh. (Note: Be sure to cover raised edges with enough paint; edges need not be perfect at this point. Use small shader to go back and clean up around raised edges with base color.) Dry brush Marigold highlight lines on "Mail" then dry brush with touch of Lt. Mocha. Follow "Blue Flower" instructions below to paint flower above "i".
  • Flower Vase
  • 1. Base Heritage Brick. Shade behind vase with hint of Lamp Black. Use #8 shader to pull Blush Flesh dry strokes across flat edge on top of vase. Then use scholastic bristle to dry brush Blush Flesh highlights on middle and bottom sections of vase. Repeat highlights with Pumpkin. Add touch of Marigold and Lt. Mocha highlights just to middle and bottom sections of vase. Shade Bittersweet Chocolate under top rim and on base below bowl. Use Honey Brown to line top and bottom rims, and to line vertical stripes; highlight Marigold, then add touch of Lt. Mocha. Line pink stripe on vase Blush Flesh; add Pumpkin highlight line then Marigold, and then add touch of Light Mocha. Line curvy line on rim Lt. Mocha.
  • 2. Refer to painting chart.

    Painting Chart
  • Orange Flowers
  • 1. Paint flower centers Bittersweet Chocolate. Use Honey Brown to highlight center, then highlight Marigold; add Lt. Mocha highlight dot. For squared petals, use #4 shader to pull Blush Flesh dry strokes. Repeat with shorter strokes of Pumpkin. Use round stroke brush to then stroke petals with Marigold and then Lt. Mocha.
  • Blue Flowers
  • 1. Paint flower centers in same manner as "Orange Flowers". Paint round petals Calypso Blue; use Salem Blue to highlight and to line around each petal.
  • Yellow and Purple Flowers
  • 1. Use #4 round stroke and Marigold to stroke yellow petals and Lavender for purple petals. Add smaller Lt. Mocha highlight strokes to yellow petals and Wild Orchid for purple petals. Use Mistletoe to stroke calyx's, then add smaller Olive Green highlight strokes.
  • Leaves and Vines
  • 1. Use Mistletoe to line vines and to stroke leaves. Add smaller Olive Green highlight strokes to leaves. Use liner to highlight vines with dry strokes of Olive Green.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Apply several varnish coats to entire piece.