Garden Bug Tray

Garden Bug Tray

Posted by DecoArt on Apr 13th 2014

Welcome nature into your home on this tray full of Americana ® Acrylic colors.


    • water container
    • palette or plastic plate
    • paper towels
    • sandpaper
    • ruler
    • pencil
    • 1" flat brush
    • #2 round brush
    • 3/4" flat brush
    • #8 flat brush
    • 1" painter's tape
    • #4 flat brush
    • unfinished wooden tray
    • 18/0 liner brush



    Let dry completely between painting steps.

    1. Seal the entire tray by painting with Americana Sealer & Primer using the 1" flat brush. When dry, sand and remove dust with a paper towel.
    2. Using painter's tape, tape off the inside edge of the tray. Paint the bottom of the tray Hauser Light Green using the 1" flat brush.
    3. When dry, measure the grid design onto the bottom of tray using a ruler and a pencil. Paint the upper right and lower left quadrants Hauser Medium Green using the 3/4" flat brush.
    4. When dry, tape off and paint a border around the center section and dividing lines between the quadrants with Hauser Dark Green using the #4 flat brush.
    5. Tape off the outside border. Paint the border and the remainder of the tray Hauser Dark Green with the 3/4" flat brush.
    6. When completely dry, carefully remove tape from around the borders.
    7. Draw simple bugs (a bumblebee, dragonfly, and ladybug) and a flower onto the tray using a pencil.
    8. Paint flower petals, dragonfly wings, and bumblebee wings Light Buttermilk using the #8 flat brush.
    9. Using the #4 flat brush and Mustard Seed, paint the bumblebee's yellow stripes and the center of the flower.
    10. With the #4 flat brush, paint leaves Hauser Medium Green.
    11. Paint the ladybug's wings using the #8 flat brush and Cherry Red.
    12. Paint the dragonfly's body Indian Turquoise using the #4 flat brush.
    13. Paint orange sections of butterfly's wings using Tangelo Orange and the #2 round brush.
    14. Using the #2 round brush, paint the black portions of the butterfly's wings and body with Lamp Black. Make the large dots Light Buttermilk with the #2 round brush. Place small Light Buttermilk dots randomly using the tip of a stylus.
    15. Paint the black portions of the bumblebee and the ladybug with Lamp Black using the #4 flat brush.
    16. With Lamp Black and the 18/0 liner brush, outline all design elements and add the antennae on each insect.
    17. After the project has dried completely, varnish with DuraClear Satin Varnish.