Harvest Banquet Mixed Media Canvas

Harvest Banquet Mixed Media Canvas

Posted by DecoArt on Nov 6th 2014

Fall colors and images are the focal points of this mixed media canvas.


    • water container
    • palette or plastic plate
    • paper towels
    • tracing paper
    • #2 round brush
    • 3/4" wash brush
    • #0 liner brush
    • 3/4" oval brush
    • canvas
    • white transfer paper
    • #12 shader brush
    • #8 flat shader brush
    • size 24 floral wire
    • fall harvest design stamp
    • #6 liner brush
    • #16 shader brush
    • #M and #L dome brush
    • 1/2" aura brush
    • 1/2" mop brush
    • small bottle
    • #0 script liner brush
    • 1 vintage ticket


    1. Seal the surface of the wooden square or canvas with Americana Primer & Sealer. (If using a wooden square, sand first, seal, and when dry, sand again lightly to rough up the surface. Remove all dust.)
    2. Basecoat the square with Sand and let dry. Sand if using a wooden square.
    3. Brush-mix Traditional Burnt Sienna and Copper. Using a 3/4″ oval wash brush, apply to the left half of the piece.
    4. Brush-mix Persimmon and Bronze and apply to the right of the piece. (I kept this streaky, letting some background show through.)
    5. Using the harvest design stamp and Splendid Gold, stamp onto the background. (Stamp a larger one on the left behind the bottle and several smaller ones on the right. Refer to photo for placement.)
    6. Divide the sections of background with a flattened #6 liner brush and Traditional Burnt Umber.
    7. Trace and transfer the pattern onto the square with tracing paper and white or light graphite.
    8. Using a #0 script liner brush, dirty throughout, pull stems of wheat with Mustard Seed, Spicy Mustard, and Sand. Using a #2 round brush, add one-stroke leaves to sides and tips of stems with the same colors.
    9. Pull flower stems with a #0 script liner brush and Light Avocado, Foliage Green, and Margarita. Using a #2 round brush, flattened in Foliage Green and side-loaded in Margarita, add long, one-stroke leaves to the stems.
    10. Using a 1/2" aura brush, pick up Purple Cow, tap out excess paint onto the palette, and add flower clusters to the top of the stems.
    11. Pick up Soft Heather in a dirty brush, smash to blend, and add highlights to the flowers.
    12. Pick up a tad of Sand in a dirty brush and highlight a few flowers closer to the top right of the design.
    13. Clean the brush on a dry paper towel. Pick up Purple Cow to temper the brush. Pick up Purple Pizzazz, smash to blend, and add shading to flowers.
    14. Basecoat the pumpkin Persimmon.
    15. Using the dome brushes, pick up Gingerbread on a dry brush, take out the excess on the palette, and begin dry-brushing highlights on each section.
    16. Repeat, using Orange Twist, and then Sand.
    17. Add more highlights to the brightest areas with more Sand in a dirty brush.
    18. Float to separate the sections of the pumpkin, at left bottom, bottom, and right bottom, with Milk Chocolate, then Oxblood, Traditional Burnt Umber, and Black Plum, making each shadow a little narrower than the previous one.
    19. Do back-to-back float to separate the sections.
    20. For the stem, basecoat with a 1:3:touch mix of Milk Chocolate, Spicy Mustard, and Oxblood, using a flattened #2 round brush.
    21. Highlight the stem and where it meets the pumpkin on the right with Spicy Mustard, then Sand on dirty brush, adding more Sand in the lightest areas.
    22. Shade to separate the stem sections and under the main stem with Foliage Green, Light Avocado, Milk Chocolate, and Traditional Burnt Umber, in that order, making each shading a little narrower.
    23. Add reflected light to the lower left of the pumpkin with Margarita.
    24. Add tints of Purple Pizzazz to pumpkin and stem.
    25. Add tints of Orange Twist to flowers and pumpkin stem.
    26. Shade around pumpkin, over flowers and wheat with Milk Chocolate and then Traditional Burnt Umber.
    27. Let everything dry and then varnish with DuraClear Satin Varnish.
    28. Using Americana Primer & Sealer, wet area where you want the ticket to be. Place the ticket in the wet area and apply more Primer & Sealer over the ticket. Let dry.
    29. Use floral wire to secure a vintage bottle to the front of the square.
    30. (Optional) If desired, place small dried flowers in the bottle.


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