Zoo Babies Step Stool

By  Vera Collier 

size: 11-1/4"x8-3/4"

  • Zoo Babies Step Stool


  • Small wooden rectangle stool


  • Loew-Cornell La Corneille Golden Taklon Paintbrushes: Series 7550 Wash, 1”; Series 7330C Curved Flat #10, 18; Series 7350 Liner 10/0; Series 700C Round #2, 4; Series 247 Crescent, 3/8”; Series 270 Maxine’s Mop 1/2”; Series 410 Deerfoot Stippler 1/8”; Series 7500 Filbert #4
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint: Antique White, Warm White, Avocado Green, Light Avocado, Light Hauser Green, Celery Green, Black Green, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Espresso, Honey Brown, Lamp Black, Soft Black, Light Buttermilk, Marigold, Sable Brown, Tomato Red
  • DecoArt: Multi Surface Sealer, DuraClear Matte Varnish

Basic Supplies

  • palette paper, paper towels, painter’s tape, container of water, tracing and transfer paper, sandpaper

Pattern - Zoo Babies Step Stool

  • 1. Sand step stool and apply multi-purpose sealer. Let dry; sand lightly. Basecoat top of stool Celery Green and bottom part Light Buttermilk using 3/4" wash. Print out full-size patterns.
  • 2. Mark center of outside legs and measure 1" out from center on both sides. Place painter's tape along outer edge of 2" center. Basecoat center Warm White and outer sections Celery Green; let dry. Loosely paint random circles on Celery Green sections in Light Buttermilk using round; let dry. Paint Espresso dots in centers of Light Buttermilk circles. Transfer zebra stripes onto center section and paint Lamp Black. Remove painter's tape and outline each section with Soft Black wavy lines.
  • 3. Transfer background of design to top of stool and basecoat Light Buttermilk; let dry. Transfer basic outlines of animals and trees onto top of stool and basecoat as follows: lion body and tail Honey Brown; lion feet Antique White; lion mane Burnt Sienna; giraffe Body Marigold; giraffe spots and mane Burnt Sienna; giraffe hooves and horn tops Espresso; monkey face, stomach, and inner ears Honey Brown; monkey body Soft Black; palm tree trunks Sable Brown; palms Avocado; vine Espresso. Let dry.
  • 4. Transfer remaining details onto stool top. To paint lion, shade along right side next to giraffe with Burnt Umber; deepen with Soft Black. Shade where tail connects to body with Burnt Umber. Highlight left side of lion Marigold. Shade mane Burnt Umber. Shade mane near head Soft Black. Paint end of tail Burnt Sienna with deerfoot stippler. Let dry.
  • 5. To paint giraffe, paint tail Marigold and end of tail Burnt Sienna. Shade giraffe's left legs (legs at back of design), where ears connect to head, under chin, and above muzzle with Burnt Sienna, and then again with Burnt Umber. Shade along right side of body with Burnt Sienna and darken with Burnt Umber. Shade horns with Burnt Umber where they connect to head and underneath knobs. Shade right side of knobs Soft Black and highlight left side of knobs Antique White. Add detail lines to tail using Burnt Umber to right and Marigold to left.
  • 6. To paint monkey, shade muzzle with Burnt Umber. Highlight muzzle and stomach with drybrush of Marigold using crescent. Paint facial features on all three animals Lamp Black. Mix small amount of Tomato Red + Light Buttermilk to make warm pink color for cheeks. Lightly drybrush warm pink mixture on all three animals.
  • 7. To paint palm trees, shade beneath each section on trunk Burnt Umber and highlight each section Marigold. Shade along outer edges of tree trunks Burnt Umber. Shade foliage Avocado Green where each palm frond overlaps. Deepen shading in darker areas Black Green. Highlight fronds Light Hauser Green. Repeat highlighting on uppermost fronds with another coat of Light Hauser Green. Add vein and detail lines with thinned Black Green using 10/0 liner and outline leaves with thinned Lamp Black.
  • 8. Lightly shade underneath animals Burnt Sienna and some Black Green. Paint stems of foliage Black Green. Double-load filbert with two shades of green and paint leaves in single stroke using filbert. Paint grass Black Green, Avocado Green, and Light Avocado using #1 liner.
  • 9. Shade vine on either sides of monkey's hands, ends of vine, and vine next to palm leaves Soft Black. (Note: Leaves on vine are painted in same manner as leaves on ground foliage.) Add details and outlines with thinned Lamp Black using 10/0 liner.
  • 10. Apply several coats of varnish to all areas of stool. Let dry.
  • Tip
  • 1. Use curved flat in appropriate size when shading and highlighting.