Paint a Vintage Seed Packet Sign for you DIY Farmhouse Decor, a step by step tutorial.
As promised in my last post I am back to show you how to paint the radishes and carrots to finish off your faux vintage signs.
If you missed the last post on building the faux crate sign just Click Here
At the end of this post is a link to the painting pattern for these signs.
First the Radish
Nothing fancy, but it is what I had sketched up and/or printed for these and you might find them useful.
First lay out your pattern or copy the one in the link onto your surface with graphite paper.
You can let that dry for a minute or two while you get out your next colors.
For the lighter leaves I used a #10 flat brush and double loaded with Avocado and Celery Green.
Again stroke in a elongated scallop stroke.
If you prefer you can let the first coat dry and do another to get the lighter green more opaque.
On a dark surface the radishes will need to be undercoated with white.
On a dark surface craft paints are dulled so if you want a color to show up brighter always undercoat with white.
After the white dries paint in the radishes with Cranberry Wine.
Reds are not opaque so you may want to do a couple coats.
After Cranberry Wine dries, then paint on some Alizarin Crimson on areas you want some brighter red.
Let that dry, then add a touch of Primary red.
To add some highlights add a touch of white in a slight comma stroke to a curve.
And a line of white at the tip with the edge of your brush.
Add a shadow under the middle radish with cranberry wine mixed with a touch of black.
Now on to the carrot
I failed to photograph the foliage on the carrot, but basically you pounce in Evergreen with a scruffy brush, then add a touch of Irish Moss as a highlight.
If you look at the foliage in the photos you can see how I did it.
I undercoated in Georgia Clay and a #10 flat brush.
Add dimension with some shadowing, side load the brush corner with Burnt Umber and stroke along areas to simulate creases.
With a liner brush add some little roots.
Once the paint dries thoroughly either wax over it all to protect or use a coat of Varathane (only water base, an oil base will lift acrylic paints)
Oh, I almost forgot.
To do the lettering just trace over the Radish or Carrot pattern onto your surface and fill in with black paint.
Click here to view a video on how I do my lettering for most signs.
The bottom is a simple banner I taped off with painters tape and filled in then added the lettering after printing it out in Word.
Scott is my maiden name so that is why I picked Scott Seed Co. to add the finishing touch.
Here they are hanging in my studio over my painting table.
For this I used Americana DecoArt bottle craft paint in the following colors:
Black Forest Green
#12 Flat brush
#10 Flat Brush
You can use any colors you have in your stash, these are just the actual colors I used. Most of these should be available at your local craft store including Michaels, Hobby Lobby and/or JoAnn’s.
Pattern and step by step ebook is available here: Vintage Seed Packet Sign
Paint away and make yourself some vintage seed packets signs today!