• Diane M Kellogg

Blessings Basket

by Viki Sherman

Autumn is my favorite time of year. This blessings basket is my way of celebrating fall and enjoying all the bounty and beauty of the season.

Palette - DecoArt Acrylics:

DA09 Antique Gold DA112 Cranberry Wine DA167 Payne’s Grey

DA160 Antique Maroon DA065 Dark Chocolate DA113 Plantation Pine DA058 Antique White DA082 Evergreen DA201 Primary Yellow DA052 Avocado DA017 Georgia Clay DA130 Raw Umber DA157 Black Green DA163 Honey Brown DA061 Sable Brown DA063 Burnt Sienna DA057 Jade Green DA01 Snow White

DA064 Burnt Umber DA0067 Lamp Black DA155 Soft Black

DA191 Camel DA164 Light Buttermilk DA062 Terra Cotta

DA208 Celery Green DA194 Marigold DA059 Toffee

DA259 Cocoa DA174 Milk Chocolate DA078 Warm Beige DA018 Country Red DA095 Neutral Grey DA08 Yellow Ochre Dazzling


DA245 Rich Espresso DA070 Shimmering Silver


10/0 Liner #865 by Marx

18/0 Script Liner #924 Chris’s Epic (CDWood)

½” Angular Shader #7400 by Lowe Cornell

½” Flat Shader #7300 by Lowe Cornell

¾” Wash #7550 by Lowe Cornell

#2 and #4 Lynne Andrews 3020 Floaters


Pumpkin shape (12 x 16) from Creative Arts Lifestyle – Patricia Rawlinson


Basic Instructions:

Shading, floating, side loading or highlighting all pertain to the same method of loading a flat or angular shader with paint and applying it to your project. Wet the brush and blot on paper toweling. Dip a corner of the brush in paint and on the palette paper blend the paint into the brush using the brush flat against the surface and stroking back and forth in the same area. This moves the paint from the tip of the brush back into the bristles allowing for hint of color to be applied. Applying tints is done by shading here and there with colors other than the normal highlighting and shading colors. Brush mix is applying two colors to the corner of the brush before blending. Dry brushing is using a dry brush dipped in a small amount of paint, brushed over a paper towel to remove any blobs, then brushed over the area on the project.

Base coat pumpkin with Antique White. Apply pattern.

BASKET: Base in Honey Brown. Apply basket pattern. Shade using Milk Chocolate under the rim, on both sides of the stakes (the uprights) and both long sides of the weavers. Enhance the shading on either side of the uprights with either Raw or Burnt Umber. There is a small shading line about 1/8 inch from top of rim as there normally are two pieces of reed for the rim, one on each side of the handle. Highlight each weaver in the center where it passes over the upright, and the center of each upright with Marigold then Yellow Ochre. Plaque on basket is Rich Espresso shaded with Burnt Umber and Honey Brown lettering. Rivets are dots of Rich Espresso.


Faces: Base in an 80/20 mix of Toffee and Warm Beige. Apply face details. Shading is Burnt Sienna around the outside edge, under the hair line, down both sides and under the nose, around the nostrils, on each side of the philtrum (vertical groove between nose and lip), around eye, under eyebrow and under crease above top of eye. Apply shading on male above mustache and on female above pumpkin and tie on hat. Hair: His is Dark Chocolate including eyebrows and mustache. Shade using Soft Black under the hat, next to the pumpkins and under the nose. Her hair and eyebrows are Milk Chocolate shaded under the hat, at the part and to divide the sections with Raw Umber. Highlight the sections with Sable.

Eyes: His eye is based in Light Buttermilk with a Sable iris and Black pupil. Her eyes are Light Buttermilk with Jade irises and Black pupils. Shade the top of the irises with Black Green. Shade the top of the eyes with Black and highlight the center of the eyelids and under the pupil with Warm Beige. Highlights in the iris and pupil are Snow White. Eyelashes are Soft Black. Lips: Lips are a 50/50 mix of Country Red and Warm Beige. Hats: His hat is Sable with a Black band and Neutral Grey buckle. Her hat is Light Buttermilk. Shade his hat using Dark Chocolate around the outside edge, above and below band and buckle and around her hat. Shade her hat using a brush mix of Cocoa and Burnt Umber around the outside edge, brim and tie. Highlight the center of brim, edge next to tie and center of tie with Snow White. Apply Shimmering Silver to the buckle and shade using Black around all edges and next to the prong.


Base in Terra Cotta. Shade with Burnt Sienna then with Burnt Umber next to the rim of the basket, around the edges of each section, and where the pumpkins touch each other. Add

a few tints of Plantation Pine to the pumpkin on the right side. Highlight the center of each section with Primary Yellow. All the stems are Dark Chocolate shaded with Raw Umber next to the man’s hat, above the pumpkin bodies, on the underside of the stems and where they curl. Highlight the top of the curls and here and there in the stems with Sable. The main portion of the stems can be sanded for more texture.


Base is Country Red. Shade using Antique Maroon around the entire outside edge, next to the pumpkin, above the rim and the stem depression Do a few streaks of Antique Maroon here and there in the body of the apple. Highlight under the stem depression and add some streaks with Primary Yellow. The stem is Burnt Umber with streaks of Sable. Base the leaves with Avocado and shade the outside edge of each leaf, under the leaf on the right, on the upper side of the center ribs and above the curl with Evergreen adding some Black Green where the leaves touch and above the curl. Highlight the center ribs, here and there on edges and add veins with Celery.


Base in Camel. The kernels are a mix of Antique Gold, Payne’s Grey and Antique Maroon. Shade husks with Antique Gold then Honey Brown next to pumpkin and where husks touch, cross and curve. Add some streaks of Burnt Umber for added texture. Shade Honey Brown next to kernels and add some lines to differentiate separate kernels.


Base two oak leaves with a 50/50 mix of Plantation Pine and Burnt Umber. Base the third in a 50/50 mix of Sable and Burnt Sienna. Shading and highlighting is the same on all leaves. Shade outside edges, where they touch and next to center rib with Burnt Umber. Shade here and there throughout leaf. Highlight using a brush mix of Marigold and Avocado on the other side of the center rib and here and there throughout leaf. One maple leaf is Georgia Clay shaded with Burnt Sienna and highlighted with Antique Gold and Marigold; the other is Cranberry Wine shaded with Antique Maroon and highlighted with Country Red. Veins are done in a leaf color to match.

Shade around everything with Burnt Umber.

FINISHING: Paint the back of the project with Soft Black. When everything is dry, I spray it with two coats of Krylon Matte Spray #1311. (I use this to finish everything I paint.)

All Photos Credit - Viki Sherman


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