Geranium Table

By  Debby Forshey-Choma 

  • Geranium Table


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Blush Flesh, Brandy Wine, Evergreen, Hauser Light Green, Hauser Medium Green, Lamp (Ebony) Black, Marigold, Melon
  • Brushes: Royal & Langnickel: Majestic: Shader, Series R4150, #2; Angular, Series R4160, 3/4”; Script Liner, Series R4585, #5/0, #0; Glaze/Wash, Series R4700, 3/4”; Combo: Oval Wash, Series L3080, 1”; Aqualon: Filbert Wisp, Series R2935, 1/4”
  • Brushes: Royal Soft-Grip: White Nylon Blending Mop, Series SG1400, 3/4”; Signature Series: Debbie’s Texture Brush, Series L1360, Large
  • DecoArt: DuraClear Varnish, Matte; Americana Acrylic Multi-Purpose Sealer
  • Wooden folding table


  • C-Thru Graph Ruler

Pattern - Geranium Table

  • Preparation
  • 1. (Note: Artist used table with 15"x17" surface.) Sand table, if needed, to remove loose paint. Wipe with damp cloth. Use glaze/wash brush and equal mix of Multi-Purpose Sealer + Lamp Black to paint entire table. Let dry. Base again with Lamp Black for opaque coverage.
  • 2. Print out pattern; transfer basic details onto table top.
  • Artist's Tip
  • 1. For proper use of texture brush, use the following method: dampen bristles with water to separate bristles. Tap bristles into paint, hold perpendicular to palette, pounce up and down to remove excess paint leaving scant amount on brush. Tap brush lightly on surface, dancing up and down, and rolling in different directions between fingers when brush is up in air. Allow some drying time between taps so paint sets up a bit.
  • Geraniums
  • 1. Note: Geranium shapes are formed in three layers: Brandy Wine for bottom shaded value layer, Blush Flesh for middle medium value layer, and Melon for top highlight value. Five small strokes are used to form geranium clusters. Petals can be made in a single stroke, which looks better, but if necessary, you can go back over the stroke.
  • 2. For first layer, use texture brush to dance Brandy Wine in geranium areas allowing some black basecoat to still show.
  • 3. For second layer, loosely pull petals in groups of five throughout geranium area; be sure to stroke some petals outside pattern lines and allow a little Brandy Wine to show between clusters. Load shader across chisel edge with Blush Flesh; press down on surface allowing bristles to spread, apply pressure and begin to pull, gradually release pressure and slightly turn brush to right as you pull towards center of that group, slow down and allow bristles to return to chisel edge. Remember, these are small strokes for small petals.
  • 4. For third layer, load shader with Melon and repeat in same manner as second layer. Off-set and overlap second layer making fewer flower petals and allowing some Blush Flesh and Brandy Wine layers to show. Use #5/0 script liner and Marigold to dot Melon flower cluster centers.
  • Leaves
  • 1. (Note: Leaves are formed with a layering of highlight floats.) Corner load angle brush with Evergreen; float wide highlight along edge. Walk Evergreen from edge towards next leaf. Full leaves are completely covered with Evergreen float; mop to soften. (Note: Leave a little black basecoat showing for shaded areas.) Corner load same brush with Hauser Med. Green; float wide highlight along edge allowing Evergreen to show; mop to soften. Repeat with Hauser Lt. Green allowing Hauser Med. Green to show.
  • 2. Dampen leaf with clean water. Corner load angle brush with thinned Brandy Wine; float tints here and there and mop to soften.
  • 3. If needed, use Lamp Black to float around leaf edges to clean up; repeat as needed. If shaded areas from overlapping leaves look muddy, clean up with Lamp Black float.
  • Stems and Buds
  • 1. Double-load #5/0 script liner with Evergreen and Hauser Lt. Green to pull stems to geranium. Repeat same for buds, pulling lines from under geranium clusters; double-load #0 script liner with Blush Flesh and Melon to pull buds, then double-load #5/0 script liner with Evergreen and Hauser Lt. Green to pull calyx on either side of buds.
  • Leaf Veins
  • 1. Use filbert wisp and Brandy Wine to pull red band on each leaf. Doubleload #5/0 script liner with Hauser Med. Green and Hauser Lt. Green to pull slightly curved veins.
  • Tendrils
  • 1. Double load #5/0 script liner with Evergreen and Hauser Lt. Green to pull tendrils.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Double-load #0 script liner with Hauser Lt. Green and Evergreen; use ruler to paint band around design making sure to wipe ruler's edge after each line is painted.
  • 2. Use oval wash rush to apply two to three varnish coats.