Miscellany

Herb Garden Tote and Picks

By  Linda Hollander 

size: varies

  • Herb Garden Tote and Picks
  • Side View
  • Other Side View
  • Picks
  • Pattern

Materials

  • Repurposed wooden tool tote
  • Imagination Station Metal Plant Picks, five

Tools

  • Loew-Cornelle La Corneille Golden Taklon Paintbrushes: Series 7000 Round, #0, 2; Series 7300 Shader #2, 10; Series 7350 Liner 10/0; Series 7400 Angular Shader 1/4”; Series 410 Deerfoot Stippler 1/8”
  • DecoArt Patio Paint Home & Garden Spice of Life Stencil Set
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Banana Cream, Desert Turquoise, Foliage Green, Golden Straw, Hauser Medium Green, Honey Brown, Indian Turquoise, Lamp Black, Light Cinnamon, Marigold, Petal Pink, Purple Wave, Razzle Berry, Snow (Titanium) White, Wasabi Green, Wisteria; Multi-Purpose Sealer; Americana Matte Acrylic Sealer/Finisher Spray
  • Krylon Workable Fixatif

Basic Supplies

  • large paintbrush, stylus, fine-grit sandpaper, white graphite paper, palette paper, sponge wedge, container of water, paper towels, ruler

Pattern - Herb Garden Tote and Picks

  • 1. Print out patterns.
  • 2. Lightly sand surface of tool box; wipe with damp paper towels. Apply one coat multi-purpose sealer using large brush; let dry. Sand lightly again until smooth; remove dust.
  • 3. Paint tote Lamp Black using large brush; let dry. Sand to smooth paint, aggressively at edges to distress. Remove dust. Basecoat handle Foliage Green using #10 shader; let dry. Spray tote with Workable Fixatif to seal. Transfer herb bundle patterns to end panels using stylus and graphite paper.
  • 4. For rosemary (Side A, blue), basecoat stems (1:1) mixture of Light Cinnamon + Honey Brown using liner. Stroke leaves mixture of Hauser Medium Green + touch of Wasabi Green using liner. Position tip of brush away from stem and pull long, tapered strokes inward toward stem. Stroke center petal of flower clusters Desert Turquoise using liner. Add some single petals randomly. Doubleload brush with Desert Turquoise and Indian Turquoise; stroke two outer petals to finish flower clusters.
  • 5. For chamomile (Side A, white), paint flower centers Marigold using #2 round. Repeat until fairly opaque. Float shading at base of centers Light Cinnamon using angular shader. Load brush with generous amount of Snow White; stroke petals. Paint stems brush mixture Hauser Medium Green + Foliage Green using liner. Tap highlight on top of centers Banana Cream with tip of liner. Stroke highlights over tops of stems randomly Wasabi Green using dirty brush. Paint fern-like leaves thinned mixture of Foliage Green + touch of Wasabi Green.
  • 6. For marjoram (Side A, pink), paint stems brush mix of Hauser Medium Green + Foliage Green using liner. Stroke highlights over top randomly with touch of Wasabi Green. Stroke leaves brush mixture of Hauser Medium Green + touch of Wasabi Green using #2 round. Position end of brush near stem and push to flatten tip while making short outward and upward stroke. Reload paint often for best results. Lightly stipple under flower areas Hauser Medium Green using dry stippler; let dry. Stroke clusters of tiny petals over stippled areas with brush mixture of Razzle Berry + Petal Pink using liner. Add some petals randomly along stems.
  • 7. For lavender (Side B, purple), basecoat stems brush mixture of Light Cinnamon + Honey Brown using liner. Stroke leaves mixture of Hauser Medium Green + touch of Wasabi Green using liner. Position tip of brush near stem and stroke outward, tapering tips to point. Stroke petal clusters with brush mixture of Purple Wave + Wisteria using liner.
  • 8. For tarragaon (Side B, yellow), basecoat stems brush mixture of Light Cinnamon + Honey Brown using loaded liner. Stroke leaves mixture of Hauser Medium Green + touch of Wasabi Green using liner. Position tip of brush away from stem and pull long, tapered strokes inward toward stem. Stipple flowers Marigold using dry stippler. Add highlights at top of flowers with touch of Banana Cream on dirty brush. Stroke leaves brush mixture of Hauser Medium Green + touch of Wasabi Green using #2 round. Position end of brush near stem; push to flatten tip while making short outward and slightly downward stroke.
  • 9. Basecoat bows brush mixture of Golden Straw + Honey Brown using liner. Deepen dark areas Honey Brown using dirty brush. Highlight randomly with touch of Banana Cream.
  • 10. Measure and mark center of side of tote. Align lettering pattern. Transfer lettering. Basecoat lettering Foliage Green until opaque. Dip dot details Lamp Black using stylus.
  • 11. For bees, transfer patterns omitting stripes. Basecoat bodies Golden Straw until opaque using shader. Add final coat Marigold. Basecoat head mixture of Lamp Black + touch of Snow White. Float shading Light Cinnamon along bottom of body using angular shader. Float wings and head highlight Snow White. Add comma stroke highlight on head, antennae, and wing details Snow White using liner. Paint stripes Lamp Black. Dip dot bee trail Snow White using stylus.
  • 12. Lightly sand raised edges of plant picks to distress. Center stencil of choice on pick. Load short end of sponge with Foliage Green; offload excess onto paper towel. Apply paint over stencil using stippling motion; let dry. Apply second coat. Remove stencil and gently clean in water. Repeat for each pick.
  • 13. Erase graphite lines. Spray tote and picks with several light coats of matte sealer.
  • Tip
  • 1. Dampen brushes with water unless otherwise noted. Thin paint with water as needed for flow. Do not pre-blend brush mixes on palette; load both colors onto top of brush and let colors blend as you paint. Practice strokes for leaves and petals on scrap surface.
  • 2. Float shading and highlights by loading angle brush with water. Blot off excess water, then load paint onto corner of brush. Blend back and forth on palette until gradiation of paint to water appears.