Seashore Placemat and Napkin Ring

By  Mary Jo Gross 

  • Seashore Placemat and Napkin Ring


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Burnt Umber, Buttermilk, French Grey Blue, Graphite, Ice Blue, Khaki Tan, Light Buttermilk, Midnite Green, Salem Blue, Shading Flesh, Snow (Titanium) White, Warm White, Winter Blue
  • Brushes: Loew-Cornell: La Corneille Golden Taklon: Shader, Series 7300, #4, #10, #12, #16; Round, Series 7000, #2; La Corneille Golden Taklon—Acrylic Handle: Script Liner, Series 7050C, #18/0; Specialty: Angular Bristle, Series 244, 1/4”
  • Stencil brush: 1/4”
  • DecoArt Faux Glazing Medium; DuraClear Varnish, Matte; Fabric Painting Medium
  • Optional: Alphabet stencil of choice
  • Metal Placemat (11.5”x17.5”) and Metal Napkin Ring (9”x7” diameter) from Western Metal Ware
  • White cloth napkin of choice

Pattern - Seashore Placemat and Napkin Ring

  • Preparation
  • 1. Use Warm White to slip-slap entire surface of placemat and napkin ring. When dry, slip-slap entire placemat and inside of napkin ring with Faux Glazing Medium; while wet, slip-slap Ice Blue, Winter Blue, Salem Blue, and Warm White blending as you go to eliminate hard brush marks. Slip-slap outside of napkin ring Ice Blue and Warm White.
  • 2. Mark 1/2" line from edge of placemat and outside of napkin ring; line Warm White. For placemat, use very wash Midnite Green to shade along outer edges. Let dry and shade again with very wash Graphite. For napkin ring, shade Midnite Green along outer edges.
  • 3. Wash and dry cloth napkin; do not use fabric softeners. Iron.
  • 4. Print out patterns; transfer basic details onto placemat, napkin ring, and napkin.
  • Painting Instructions
  • 1. Mix A = French Grey Blue + Graphite + Warm White (1:1:1)
  • Starfish
  • 1. Base Buttermilk. Use tip of script liner to dot Warm White. Shade edges Khaki Tan, then deepen with Burnt Umber. Highlight center Lt. Buttermilk, then Warm White; if needed, highlight again with Snow White. Glaze here and there with Shading Flesh.
  • Sand Dollar
  • 1. Base Warm White; shade with Mix A. Add a bit more Graphite to Mix A and shade again to deepen. Paint holes with Mix A. Dry brush Snow White highlight in center. Glaze a touch of Shading Flesh in couple places.
  • Glass Float
  • 1. Base with mix of washy Ice Blue + tch. of Midnite Green. (Note: You should be able to see through glass.) Use very washy Midnite Green to shade along outer edges. Deepen two or three more times with washy shadings of Midnite Green along sides and bottom. Use equal mix if Ice Blue + Warm White to dry brush highlight; brighten with Warm White and then with Snow White. Glaze Shading Flesh in a couple places. Add Warm White shine marks.
  • Vines
  • 1. Use Mix A to line vines; skip Graphite here and there for shading and use Warm White for highlights. Pull stroke leaves using same combinations. Use Shading Flesh to glaze through center of entire vine. Paint vines on napkin ring in same manner.
  • Lighthouse
  • 1. Base inside of top windows with washy Warm White. Base bottom of house Warm White. Base stripes and top areas with Mix A + tch. more Graphite. Shade French Grey Blue to outer sides of Warm White stripes and shade Graphite to outer sides of gray areas. Paint remaining windows Graphite. Dry brush Warm White highlight down center of enter lighthouse.
  • 2. Base beach Buttermilk; shade Khaki Tan and deepen with Burnt Umber. Glaze Shading Flesh. "Fluff" in waves with Buttermilk; highlight Warm White, then Snow White.
  • Seagull
  • 1. Base Warm White; shade with equal mix of French Grey Blue + Warm White and highlight Snow White. Base beak and feet with equal mix of Buttermilk + Shading Flesh; shade Burnt Umber. Dot eye Graphite.
  • Wording
  • 1. Base "Ocean" with mix of Salem Blue + French Grey Blue + Warm White (1:1:1). Dry brush Ice Blue in center of each letter.
  • Napkin
  • 1. Tape napkin firmly to piece of cardboard with paper towel between napkin and cardboard. Follow manufacturer's instructions to mix Fabric Medium with following colors: Mix A, French Grey Blue, Salem Blue, Winter Blue, and Warm White. Line vines with Mix A adding a bit of Salem Blue and Winter Blue here and there. Stroke leaves using a variety of above colors. Use "Wording" mix to stencil monogrammed letter.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Apply two to three varnish coats on placemat and napkin ring. Follow manufacturer's instructions to cure napkin before using and washing.