Turn a watering can into gorgeous garden décor for Spring.
- Pattern (Below)
- Tracing paper and pencil
- Galvanized watering can (available at hardware and craft stores)
- Dish detergent
- Soft absorbent rags or paper towels
- White graphite paper
- Stylus or dry ballpoint pen
- Foam plate or palette
- Water basin (Priscilla used a Plaid Brush Basin)
- Acrylic craft paints (shown: FolkArt Artists’ Pigment Acrylic Paints in Ice Blue Dark, Napthol Crimson, Payne’s Gray, Pure Black, Pure Orange, True Burgundy and Turner’s Yellow)
- Paintbrushes—No. 4 flat and No. 1 liner
- Plaid Stencil Decor 1/4-inch and 5/8-inch daubers and 1-3/4-inch spouncer (available where paint and stencil supplies are sold)
- FolkArt Glazing Medium #693
- FolkArt ClearCote Matte
- Spray Acrylic Sealer #788
- Download and print Craft Pattern
- Wash can with detergent, rinse and dry.
- Wipe can with vinegar and let dry.
- Trace three ladybug patterns onto tracing paper.
- Position patterns on can where desired, slip graphite paper in between and tape in place. Retrace the patterns with stylus or dry ballpoint pen. Remove paper patterns and graphite paper.
- Keep a basin of water and rags or paper towels handy to thin paints and clean painting tools.
- Place dabs of each paint color onto foam plate or palette as needed.
- Refer to the photo at left while painting as directed in instructions that follow.
HEAD AND LEGS:
- Dip the large dauber in Pure Black and blot on damp towel or palette to remove any excess paint. Daub the ladybug’s head by pressing the dauber down three times.
- Using the liner brush and Pure Black, paint the legs and antennae. Let dry.
- Detail the head and neck using the liner brush and Ice Blue Dark.
- Let dry.
- Dip the spouncer in Napthol Crimson and blot on palette to remove any excess paint. Begin daubing the body. Let dry. Clean spouncer.
- Dip the spouncer in Glazing Medium and blot.
- While wet, dip one side of spouncer in Pure Orange, blotting a few times on the palette. Begin daubing the Pure Orange on the left and upper left side of the body. Let dry. Clean spouncer.
- Reload spouncer with Pure Orange, then load one side with True Burgundy and blot. Begin daubing on the lower right side and right side to make the dark shading. Let dry. Clean spouncer.
- Using No. 4 flat brush and Glazing Medium, blend in Turner’s Yellow for a highlight. Let dry.
- Dip the large dauber in Pure Black and blot on the palette. Press the large dots on the back of ladybug.
- In the same way, use small dauber and Pure Black to press small dots on the back of ladybug. Let dry.
- With the liner brush and Pure Black, make the line down the middle of the back. Let dry.
- With the liner brush, highlight the center back line with thinned Turner’s Yellow. Let dry.
- When paint is dry, apply Glazing Medium on right side and lower edge of bug using the No. 4 flat brush.
- With Glazing Medium in brush, pick up a very small amount of Payne’s Gray. Blend Payne’s Gray next to the body to form a shadow.
- Repeat this process to form shadows under the legs on the left side. Let dry.
- Apply a light coat of spray sealer to painted can. Let dry.
- Repeat, applying several coats of spray sealer.
Finished Size: Size will vary with watering can used. Each ladybug is about 4 inches high x 3-3/4 inches wide.
Craft originally sent in by Priscilla Hauser of Tulsa, Oklahoma