"Happy St. Patrick's Day" Banner

"Happy St. Patrick's Day" Banner

Posted by DecoArt on Feb 9th 2015

Enjoy traditional symbols of St. Patrick's Day, a rainbow and a pot of gold, as the focal point of this wall decoration.


    • water container
    • palette or plastic plate
    • paper towels
    • tracing paper
    • transfer paper
    • scissors
    • painter's tape
    • 1/2" flat brush
    • stylus
    • glue
    • ribbon
    • #0 round brush
    • sanding disc
    • 18/0 liner brush
    • 9" x 13-1/2" piece of blackout drapery fabric
    • 2" foam roller
    • 5/8" wooden dowel rod
    • graphite pencil
    • cosmetic sponges
    • head bead


    1. Cut out blackout drapery fabric to the directed size. Using a 2" foam roller, basecoat the canvas side of the fabric Sapphire. Allow to dry.
    2. Using the same dirty roller, dip the tip of the roller into Ultra Blue Deep and the heel into Snow White. Blend lightly on the palette. Apply to the banner using a slip-slap, back-and-forth motion, blending softly. While still wet, repeat with the same dirty roller and Snow White only and continue slip-slapping to give a cloudy, sky-like appearance. (Do not over-blend, or you will end up with solid color.) Allow to dry.
    3. When completely dry, sand lightly with a sanding disc to remove any rough spots.
    4. Trace the pattern onto the banner, using tracing and transfer papers and a pencil and omitting the detail lines, lettering, stripes on rainbow, and individual coin lines.
    5. Undercoat the rainbow area using Snow White on a 1/2" flat brush. Trace the color separation lines onto the rainbow area. Starting at the left side of the rainbow, paint the stripes Primary Red, Tangelo Orange, Primary Yellow, Kelly Green, Primary Blue, and Dioxazine Purple.
    6. Paint the pot Graphite with the 1/2" flat brush. Outline the pot using the liner brush and Lamp Black. Using the same liner brush, paint highlight marks on the rim and the right side of the pot Light Buttermilk.
    7. Paint the coins using Emperor's Gold. When dry, trace the coins onto the gold area. Using Worn Penny and the liner brush, outline the coins and add detail lines.
    8. Paint the shamrock next to the pot Kelly Green. Add vein lines of Foliage Green. Outline the shamrock with Forest Green.
    9. Trace the lettering onto the banner. Paint the letters Foliage Green, using the #0 round brush. Use the liner brush and Forest Green to add a drop shadow by painting a thin line on the left side and bottom of each letter. Using the same brush and Light Buttermilk, add highlights to the letters.
    10. Using painter's tape, mask off the four corners of the banner. Using a cosmetic sponge and Foliage Green, paint each corner. Remove the tape.
    11. Trace a shamrock onto each corner. Paint shamrocks as in step #8 above. Tape off the side and bottom borders. Using the sponge as in step #10, paint the border Kelly Green. Tape off the top border at the bottom and around the corner squares only. Paint the border and the top flap Kelly Green.
    12. Using the liner brush, outline the borders and corner squares with Forest Green. (The top of the top border will be outlined at the fold line evenly with the tops of corner squares.)
    13. Allow the banner to dry thoroughly.
    14. Cut a dowel rod to 11-1/2" and paint it Kelly Green. Sand; apply a second coat. Paint the beads Emperor's Gold. Sand and apply a second coat. Varnish both the rod and beads with DuraClear Satin Varnish.
    15. Varnish the banner with the foam roller and DuraClear Satin Varnish.
    16. Fold the top of the banner towards the back and glue into place, being sure to leave a pocket for inserting the dowel rod. The beads can be secured with a small amount of glue, if necessary.
    17. Cut the ribbon to desired length. Attach to the dowel rod for hanging.


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