Summer Pleasures

Vivid outdoor furniture and accessories summon family and friends to gather under the shade for a respite from the sun. Create this inviting scene using seven shimmering paint colors, a canvas umbrella, director's chairs, an unfinished wooden tray, and glassware of your choice.


What You Need:

+ enlarge image Paint canvas director's chairs to match your umbrella.
  • 8-foot natural canvas market umbrella
  • Director's chairs with natural canvas seats and backs
  • Tulip Ultra-Soft Paint: Azalea #15789, Grape #15793, Holiday Green #15799, Lime #15797, Sunshine Yellow #15786, and Turquoise #15826
  • Tulip Dimensional Paint: Ebony Matte #15727
  • Artist's brushes: 1/2-inch and 1-inch flat
  • Salad plate and saucer to trace
  • Newsprint or paper sheets
  • Pencil

Umbrella Instructions:

Note: While working, separate the umbrella poles, using only the lower portion of the pole to stand the open umbrella in the stand.

1. Download the free patterns. (This requires Adobe Acrobat software.) For general how-to information, check out Decorative Painting Basics.

Summer Pleasures patterns

Adobe Acrobat

Decorative Painting Basics

2. Referring to the photograph, use a pencil to draw stems and leaves onto the umbrella. Trace around half the salad plate perimeter for the flower petals. Draw a line across the bottom to connect the perimeter line, and draw a smaller half circle for the flower center at the bottom of the large half circle. Draw at least four flowers on each umbrella panel.

3. Paint the stems, leaves, and flower centers with Lime, using the 1/2-inch brush. Accent with Holiday Green along one edge of each leaf and on each half-circle.

4. Mix paint and fill in flower half-circles. For the flowers, mix each of the following colors 2:1 with water: Azalea, Grape, Sunshine Yellow, and Turquoise. Use the 1-inch brush to fill in the flower half-circles with one of the flower colors, using each color on every panel. Let the paint dry.

5. Proceed to Finishing, below.

Director's Chair Instructions:

1. For the chair backs, trace the flower patterns in the pattern packet onto tracing paper. Transfer the flowers onto the fabric using transfer paper and a stylus. Or draw the leaves and flowers onto the backs of each chair, using a saucer for the flower petals. Follow Steps 3 and 4, above.

2. For the chair seats, use all of the paint colors from the leaves and flowers to paint randomly spaced stripes.

3. Proceed to Finishing, below.

Finishing:

1. Add details. Directly from the squeeze bottle, apply lines of Ebony Matte dimensional paint to add the details and outline the leaves, stems, and flowers on the umbrella. Work with just a few elements at a time. Before the paint dries, lay newsprint or paper on the outlines. Press to flatten the dimensional paint. Carefully remove the paper and discard. Repeat for the next section of flowers, leaves, and stems. Let the paint dry thoroughly.

2. Repeat the dimensional paint and paper-pressing technique to add details and to outline the flowers, leaves, and stems on the canvas chair backs. Let the paint dry.

3. Embellish with dimensional paint. To finish the chair seats, outline and embellish the stripes with the dimensional paint. Use the paper pressing technique to flatten the paint. Let the paint dry.

What You Need:

+ enlarge image Instructions for the glassware are on the next page.
  • Unfinished wooden tray with acrylic plastic to fit inside tray
  • Aleene's Premium-Coat Acrylic Paint: Black #176, Medium Fuchsia #168, Medium Lime #132, True Green #139, True Turquoise #145, True Violet #163, and True Yellow #127
  • Aleene's All-Purpose Primer, Gloss Varnish, and 7800 Adhesive
  • Artist's Brushes: #6 and 3/4-inch flat, #6 round, #10 liner
  • 100- and 150-grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Clear flat accent marbles
  • Transfer paper
  • Stylus

Instructions:

1. Download the free patterns. (This requires Adobe Acrobat software.) For general how-to information, check out Decorative Painting Basics.

Summer Pleasures patterns

Adobe Acrobat

Decorative Painting Basics

2. Sand all surfaces of the tray with 100- and then 150-grit sandpaper. Remove the sanding dust with the tack cloth. With the 3/4-inch flat brush, apply a coat of primer. Sand again with 150-grit sandpaper, and remove the sanding dust with the tack cloth.

3. Use the 3/4-inch flat brush to base-coat all surfaces of the tray True Turquoise.

4. Trace and transfer the flower patterns. Trace the flower patterns from the pattern packet onto tracing paper. Transfer the flower designs using transfer paper and a stylus. Load the #6 flat brush with Medium Fuchsia, True Violet, or True Yellow and paint the flowers. Paint the smaller green half circle Medium Lime. Repeat, using a flower color for each stem. Let the paint dry.

5. Paint stems and leaves. Load the #6 round brush with Medium Lime. Paint stems evenly spaced on the sides of the tray at differing heights and angles. Paint stems in a scattered pattern on the inside of the tray. Use Medium Lime to paint a half circle at the top of each stem and to paint one or two leaves at the base of each stem. Add True Green accents to each half circle and each leaf.

6. Use the #10 liner and Black to paint outlines and details. Let the paint dry.

7. Varnish and adhere marbles. Apply two coats of varnish, letting the varnish dry after each coat. Randomly glue marbles to the top inside surface of the tray using 7800 adhesive. Place the acrylic plastic over the marbles.

What You Need:

+ enlarge image The stimulating, summery colors of the tray and glassware are as refreshing as the cool contents.
  • Glass pitcher and goblets
  • Aleene's Premium-Coat Acrylic Paint: Black #176, Medium Fuchsia #168, Medium Lime #132, True Green #139, True Turquoise #145, True Violet #163, and True Yellow #127
  • Aleene's Gloss Varnish #103
  • Artist's Brushes: #6 flat, #6 and #12 round, #10 liner
  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Tape

Instructions:

1. Download the free patterns. (This requires Adobe Acrobat software.) For general how-to information and glass-painting specifics, check out Decorative Painting Basics.

Summer Pleasures patterns

Adobe Acrobat

Decorative Painting Basics

2. Trace and tape patterns to glass. Wash and dry the goblets and pitcher. Trace the flower designs from the patterns onto tracing paper. Tape the patterns inside the glass for your painting reference.

3. Paint stems. Load the #6 round brush with Medium Lime. Paint four stems evenly spaced around each goblet at varied heights and angles. Paint seven stems around the pitcher in the same manner. Paint a small half circle for the flower center at the top of each stem and one or two leaves at the base of each stem Medium Lime. Paint True Green accents on each leaf and half-circle.

4. Paint flowers. Use Medium Fuchsia, True Turquoise, True Violet, and True Yellow for the flowers. Load the #6 flat brush with one of the flower colors and paint a half circle around the small flower center at the top of each stem. Repeat, using a different flower color for each stem on the goblets. Randomly repeat flower colors on the pitcher. Let the paint dry.

5. Use black and the #10 liner to outline and make details. Let the paint dry.

6. Heat-set paint. To heat-set the paint, place the glassware on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, and place it in a cold oven. Set the oven at 325 degrees F, and set a timer for 30 minutes.

7. Cool, then varnish. After 30 minutes, turn off the oven and open the door slightly to cool. Let the glassware cool to room temperature inside the oven. Remove the glassware when it is cool. Apply a smooth, even coat of Gloss Varnish over the painted surfaces using the #12 soft round brush. Let the varnish dry. Repeat the heat setting procedure.

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