Tuscan Window Toppers

By  Judy Diephouse 

  • Tuscan Window Toppers
  • Painting Chart


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Alizarin Crimson, Avocado, Avocado Dip, Black Plum, Bleached Sand, Celery Green, Charcoal Grey, Cherry Red, Country Blue, Cranberry Wine, Deep Midnight Blue, Desert Sand, Golden Straw, Hauser Dark Green, Honey Brown, Indian Turquoise, Lemon Yellow, Light Mocha, Pineapple, Red Violet, Royal Fuchsia, Sable Brown, Traditional Burnt Sienna, Traditional Burnt Umber, Warm White
  • Brushes: Loew-Cornell: Maxine’s Oval Mop Goat Hair, Series 270, 1/2”, 1”; La Corneille Golden Taklon: Shader, Series 7300, #4, #8, #12; Wash/Glaze, Series, 7550, 1/2”; Liner, Series 7350, #6/0, #2
  • DecoArt Faux Glazing Medium
  • Acrylic varnish, satin
  • Fabric or ribbon of choice for hangers
  • Rounded Wood Toppers (set of four) from Distinctive Brushstrokes

Pattern - Tuscan Window Toppers

  • Preparation
  • 1. Base toppers with equal mix of Desert Sand + Lt. Mocha; sand lightly between coats. Print pattern; transfer basic details onto each topper.
  • Painting Instructions
  • 1. Refer to painting chart.

    Painting Chart
  • Background
  • 1. Working one topper at a time, wet with Faux Glazing Medium. Streak Honey Brown in several areas and soften with mop brush. Repeat same with Warm White and then with Charcoal Grey. (Note: Charcoal Grey is a very strong color, so use very little on brush. When mopping this color, pull mop with long strokes to create dark lines of marble.) Let dry.
  • 2. Use wash/glaze and Sable Brown to softly shade behind fruits and leaves. Use Celery Green to paint background lettering. (Note: Artist painted complete wording and then painted fruit over lettering.)
  • Branches
  • 1. Use #2 liner and brush mix of Charcoal Grey and Traditional Burnt Umber; while wet, use #12 shader or glaze/wash to over stroke with Bleached Sand. For fine branches, use same brush mix to add fine lines.
  • Leaves
  • 1. Use #12 shader to base Avocado; while wet, over stroke from edges in with Celery Green and occasionally with Avocado Dip. Shade base of leaves Hauser Dk. Green. For veins, use brush mix of Celery Green, Avocado Dip, and a touch of Lt. Mocha. Reshade leaves again with Hauser Dk. Green.
  • Pears
  • 1. Use #12 shader or glaze/wash to base Golden Straw. Shade Honey Brown; repeat with Traditional Burnt Sienna. Highlight outer edges with Lemon Yellow float. Wet pear with clean water; dab Lemon Yellow in highlight glow area and soften with mop. Repeat highlight process with Pineapple, and then with brush mix of Pineapple and Warm White. Tint pear edges with soft Celery Green floats. Use 6/0 liner and Traditional Burnt Umber toned with Celery Green to add fine blossom lines.
  • Peach
  • 1. Use #12 shader or glaze/wash to base Golden Straw. Shade Alizarin Crimson; repeat with Cranberry Wine. Highlight Lemon Yellow along edges; repeat with Pineapple.
  • Apple
  • 1. Use #12 shader or glaze/wash to base Golden Straw; shade Cherry Red and repeat with Alizarin Crimson. (Note: If highlight area is lost, wet apple with clean water, add a dab of Golden Straw in highlighted areas, and soften with mop.)
  • Plum
  • 1. Base Red Violet; shade Black Plum and highlight edges Royal Fuchsia. Wet plum with clean water; dab Royal Fuchsia in highlight glow area and soften with mop. Repeat highlight process with rush mix of Royal Fuchsia and touch of Warm White.
  • Blueberries
  • 1. Use #4 shader to base Country Blue; shade Deep Midnight Blue and highlight opposite side Indian Turquoise.
  • Shadow Leaves and Shadows
  • 1. Double-load #8 shader with Celery Green and Lt. Mocha to add sheer stroke leaves along fine branches and around blueberries.
  • 2. Use #12 shader and Traditional Burnt Umber to softly shade fruit that is under another the other piece of fruit.
  • Large Leaf Tints
  • 1. Add hint of color on a couple leaves on each panel: tint edges of pear leaves with soft float of Honey Brown, peach leaves with Alizarin Crimson, apple leaves with Cherry Red, and plum leaves with Red Violet.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Apply three to four varnish coats over each topper. Use coordinating fabric to sew hangers or use coordinating ribbon to hang toppers.
  • Tip
  • 1. The designs on these toppers can easily be added to other surfaces to continue this beautiful Tuscan theme throughout your kitchen. Create a floor cloth, placemats, table runner, or perhaps a chalkboard message board using some or all of the elements.