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Black Decorative Flowered Box

Americana® Acrylics

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Black Decorative Flowered Box

designed by Sandy McTier

This box is perfect for pictures, collectibles, or jewelry and adds style to any surface.

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Learn more about Americana® Acrylics.

SUPPLIES

Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™ Paint

  • Carbon (ADC29)

Americana® Acrylics

  • Bright Green (DAO54)
  • Cool White (DA240)
  • Foliage Green (DA269)
  • Indian Turquoise (DAO87)
  • Leaf Green (DAO51)
  • Margarita (DA299)
  • Plantation Pine (DA113)
  • Sour Apple (DA275)
  • True Blue (DAO36)
  • Yellow Light (DA144)

Crafter's Acrylic®

  • Yellow Neon (DCA131)

Primers, Sealers, and Finishes

  • Americana® Primer & Sealer (DS17)
  • Americana® Soft Touch Varnish (DS123)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • E6000 glue (E6000)
  • screwdriver (optional)
  • 3/4" flat brush
  • #8 flat brush
  • #12 flat brush
  • stylus or ballpoint pen
  • sponge
  • white transfer paper
  • decorative knob (optional) (flea market)
  • #2 script liner brush
  • black photo box
  • four wooden balls (with one flat side)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Dampen the sponge and wring out excess water. Pick up a touch of Carbon to paint the lid. (The photo box has a slick finish so you will need to give it some "tooth" to paint on the flower design.)
  2. Paint the four wooden balls Carbon. Let dry. Repaint with a second coat if necessary. Let dry.
  3. Transfer the pattern onto the box using white transfer paper and a pen or stylus.
  4. Load a #8 or #12 flat brush with Cool White to basecoat all of the design elements.
  5. Load a #8 flat brush with Foliage Green to paint the center of the flowers. Paint the circle around the center with Indian Turquoise. (You will add all of the Cool White dots later.)
  6. Load a #2 script liner brush with Sour Apple to paint the outer section on each of the petals.
  7. Load a #2 script liner brush with True Blue to paint the next section on each of the petals.
  8. Load a #2 script liner brush with Yellow Light to paint over the Cool White you painted on the rest of the petal. When this dries, paint Yellow Neon over the Yellow Light.
  9. Painting one leaf at a time so that the paint blends well, load a #8 flat brush with Bright Green to paint the leaves.
  10. Wipe off the brush; side-load one corner of the brush with Margarita to paint the highlighted side of the leaf.
  11. Wipe off the brush; side-load one corner of the brush with Plantation Pine to paint the shaded side of the leaf.
  12. Rinse the brush. Softly go over the entire leaf to soften the colors. (You are working wet on wet, one leaf at a time with very little paint to highlight and shade.)
  13. Repeat steps 9-12 for all the leaves.
  14. Using a #2 script liner brush, paint the stems with Leaf Green. Pick up a touch of inky Bright Green and brush over the Leaf Green. (To make Bright Green inky, load the brush with water and thin the paint to an inky consistency.)
  15. Load a #2 script liner brush with Indian Turquoise to paint a small scroll stroke on each leaf. Wash out the brush; load with Cool White and Yellow Light to paint another scroll stroke just below the Indian Turquoise one. (Or paint two strokes with Cool White.) (Refer to photo for placement.)
  16. Load a #2 script liner brush with inky Cool White and outline all of the petals, centers, leaves, stems, etc. Paint a small stroke down the center of each petal. Paint crisscross lines in the center of the main flower.
  17. Tip the handle end of the #2 script liner brush in Cool White and dot on petals, the center of the flower, and the base of the flowers. (Refer to photo for placement.)
  18. Let dry and brush Primer & Sealer over the entire box to protect the painting.
  19. Load a 3/4" flat brush with Soft-Touch Varnish to paint the wooden balls. Let dry completely. Once dry, glue the balls on the bottom of the box using E6000 glue. Let dry completely.
  20. Load a 3/4” flat brush with Soft-Touch Varnish to seal the lid. (Paint long strokes from side to side with very little pressure. Try not to go over the lid too many times as you might start to move the paint.) Let dry completely.
  21. Use a metal knob on the lid. (Or you can use another wooden ball if you prefer.) Paint it the same way you did the balls used for the feet. (If you use a metal knob, push a screwdriver through the center of the box lid and attach the knob with hardware. If you choose to use another wooden ball, glue the ball on top of the box using E6000 glue.) Let dry completely.

HELPFUL HINTS

You can carry the design over the edges of the lid if desired.

If you have a thin tip white paint marker, you can outline the design with it instead of using inky Cool White.