DIY Tutorial on how to Paint a Pansy Nana’s Garden Sign
This tutorial will show you how to paint a Nana’s garden sign complete with a pattern packet for purchase. Step by step instructions with links to the pansy painting tutorial.
Here it is…the Nana’s Garden sign tutorial. Lets get started.
1 x 10 pine board cut to 18″s long, sand edges
DecoArt Americana craft paint (you can also find these at your local hobby store) You can also trade out other quality brands or change up the colors. These are listed for your convenience.
#10 Flat brush
1/10 Liner brush
#6 Filbert brush
Scruffy brush (you can also use a sponge or old ratty paintbrush)
(for a full list of basic supplies I use CLICK HERE)
Base paint your board with white. I have used a crackle finish but that is not necessary. Here is my post on HOW TO CRACKLE.
Pour out two puddles of paint, Celery green and Titanium white
Double load the scruffy brush in the paint by dipping straight down, pounce on plate to blend color a bit
Pounce in the center of board and bring to a sort of point on edges so it makes an sort of oblong shape, have it fade out into the white as you go. If you get it too dark just blend in more white.
You can also get a light background similar to this with a regular flat brush and use a blending medium to make the paint more transparent but I like the stippled effect. After I took this photo I blended the edges in a bit better with more white.
Now tape of the ends to make the border..
I do the to narrower ends first then once they are dry I do the longer edges. You can measure where to put the tape but I typically eyeball it. Paint on your border color, here I used a light grey. To help make sure the paint does not bleed under the tape I use a good painters tape, I like 3M’s Edge Lock or Frogtape. I run an old credit card along the edge to get a tight seal . Pull the tape off before the paint has dried.
Once the border has dried lay your pattern over the center background and transfer by placing the graphite paper between the pattern and your surface. If it is new graphite paper use a very light touch so the lines will be faint. Dark lines will show thru your paint.
Start with your leaves so they will sit behind your pansies. Double load the #10 flat brush with Evergreen and Celery and paint your leaves. The smaller leaves are painted with a #6 Filbert brush, they are a simple one stroke leaf. For a tutorial on how to paint the leaves and Pansies click here
Once the leaves are dried then white coat the edges that the pansies may overlap a bit. I had started to paint the one Pansy before doing that so I had to redo it.
Now paint on the pansies, choose what colors you want where. I painted two with Cranberry Wine and Cadmium yellow, two with True Blue and white and one with Dioxazine Purple and white.
The buds are painted with the #6 filbert brush, they are merely backward one stroke simple leaves all coming to one point, then the green comes back over them.
Just add your stem lines and curly cues. Let it all dry well. Then place your wording pattern and trace the lettering using the graphite paper again.
Paint your lettering with black and let dry thoroughly. Then coat with Exterior Varathane Spar Urethane, I use Satin or Semi-Gloss. If a sign is to be used outdoors I make sure to seal both the back and front and use at least 3 if not 4 coats. Let it dry thoroughly before hanging outside. I typically use sawtooth hangers but you can use whatever strikes your fancy.
Here is the link to the Pansy tutorial again, it has a video embedded as well.